Regular Teeth Cleaning Is About More Than White Teeth

Getting your teeth cleaned regularly is a proactive step toward good oral health and keeping your smile sparkling white.

At Lifetime Dental Care in Katy, Texas, dental expert Garry Waldrop, DDS, and his team recommend that everyone schedule professional teeth cleanings twice a year — typically every six months — to stay on top of your dental health.

Why routine dental cleanings are important

Professional teeth cleaning will keep your teeth white and bright, but the service also protects your long-term oral health.

Some of the most notable benefits of regular dental cleanings include:

More thorough than home care

Even when you brush and floss several times a day, you’re likely not able to remove all the bacteria and plaque that’s building up on your teeth and below your gum line in between visits.

Dr. Waldrop ensures your teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned during a professional, in-office cleaning. While you still need to practice good oral hygiene at home, professional cleanings remove both the tough plaque that hardens into tartar, and tartar you can’t remove with home brushing.

Reduced risk for cavities

Professional dental cleanings give you a clean slate to make brushing at home more effective. By removing bacteria and plaque during a professional teeth cleaning, Dr. Waldrop helps protect the long-term health of your teeth and reduces your risk for cavities.

By preventing cavities, you can keep your natural teeth and avoid the need for tooth extractions, root canals, and dental implants.

Early detection of dental health issues

During your in-office dental cleaning, Dr. Waldrop has an opportunity to evaluate your overall dental health every six months.

This helps identify potential dental health problems in the earliest stages when treatment is most effective.

Less need for invasive treatments

By staying on top of your oral health with regular dental cleanings, you’re less likely to need extensive dental work to repair cavities and tooth damage.

Even if you develop a dental health issue, Dr. Waldrop is often able to treat the condition quickly without the need for complex, painful procedures.

Protection of your overall health

Good oral health is vital to your overall physical health. When you’re not having your teeth cleaned regularly, bacteria can build up under your gums and travel to other areas of your body. 

These bacteria can lead to a serious infection that moves through your bloodstream and ultimately can become life-threatening.

Regular cleanings, less visits

If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home and get professional dental cleanings every six months, you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair.

Dental cleanings are relatively simple, and Dr. Waldrop’s team ensures you’re comfortable throughout your appointment. As long as you keep up with daily brushing and flossing and follow a healthy diet, you can expect to visit Lifetime Dental Care just twice a year for your routine checkup.

Your teeth cleaning appointment is also a great time to pick up tips for protecting the health of your teeth and to learn what products you can use to keep your smile white and bright.

If it’s been longer than six months since your last teeth cleaning appointment, schedule one now through the online booking feature or by calling our office. Lifetime Dental Care serves the communities of Katy, Houston, Richmond, and surrounding areas. 

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