How Bad Can Missing a Dental Cleaning Be?
By Knutson Family Dentistry
March 20, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

Dental CleaningsDiscover how important those routine dental visits really are.

So, you skipped your dental cleaning? Now what? Sure you could reschedule your cleaning but perhaps with your busy schedule you’re wondering just how important it is that you keep that appointment with Knutson Family Dentistry, your Vermillion, SD general dentist. After all, you are not experiencing any dental pain and you know you are a good brusher, so why would a dental cleaning be so vital to your oral health. Why is it bad to miss it?

What is the purpose of a dental cleaning?

When you come into Knutson Family Dentistry twice a year for your routine cleaning, your dentist will thoroughly exam your teeth and gums checking for any signs of decay or disease. Then we will professionally clean your teeth. Whenever you’ve come in for your cleaning, have you ever left our office saying, “Wow, my teeth feel so smooth?” That’s because we have that best teeth-cleaning equipment and tools for the job. We are able to give you a deep down clean that no product at home can.

Furthermore, once a year we will also run X-rays to make sure that teeth are developing as they should and that your mouth is healthy. If wisdom teeth are coming in, we will also be able to tell you on the X-ray and monitor them to figure out whether or not they need to be extracted. X-rays also pinpoint infections, cavities and other issues that we may not be able to see with the naked eye during a manual exam.

So…why is missing a dental cleaning bad?

Remember how smooth your teeth felt after coming in for your dental cleaning? That’s because we not only have superior and professional tools to remove stubborn plaque and tartar buildup, but we can also get into those hard-to-reach spots that your toothbrush and floss might miss. Even the most avid brushers can miss a few spots, and it’s amazing just how quickly plaque can turn to tartar when it’s left on teeth. The only way to properly remove tartar is to schedule a cleaning. If left untreated, tartar can cause gum disease, a condition that can produce further complications like tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes.

If it’s time to schedule your upcoming cleaning, or even if it’s time to reschedule a dental cleaning that you missed, it’s never too late to come in. Contact Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, Dr. Matthew R. Knutson, DDS, and make a clean smile your number one priority.