6 things a dental cleaning can do for you
- Prevent cavities
The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
- Stop tooth loss
Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits.
- Brighten your smile
Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile!
- Freshen your breath
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.
- Boost your overall health
Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health.1 Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke.2 Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.3
- Save money
Get the most value from your dental benefits. Most Delta Dental plans have low or no copayments/coinsurance for dental cleanings and oral exams.4 If you take advantage of your benefits now, you may be able to save money in the long run by helping to protect your oral health and potentially avoiding more costly and extensive procedures.
For these advantages and more, make an appointment with your dentist today.
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- 1 Academy of General Dentistry, “Importance of Oral Health to Overall Health,” 2012.
- 2 Academy of General Dentistry, “Gum Disease Effect on Cardiovascular Health,” 2012
- 3 Academy of General Dentistry, “Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions,” 2012.
- 4 Review your Evidence of Coverage, Summary Plan Description or Group Dental Service Contract for specific details about your plan.
The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.