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Top reasons to schedule your next dental cleaning

February 13, 2022
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For many people, oral hygiene comes as an afterthought. However, ignoring your oral health might be the biggest mistake you are making. It takes minimal effort to schedule a dental cleaning and keep your oral hygiene in check. Sadly, many are reluctant to make even that effort. The cost they pay at a later stage could be easily avoided if only they took care of their teeth a little earlier.

The importance of routine dental cleanings

Routine dental cleanings have many benefits. Some of the reasons are obvious, and some not so much.

  1. Routine appointments with the dentist will help in discovering an issue before it becomes a concern. When an oral problem is detected at an early stage, it takes very little effort and money to deal with it. However, the longer you ignore it, the higher the price to pay in the future.
  2. Your dentist can guide you through preventive measures to help you not deal with oral issues in the future. That way, you save money and a lot of pain, discomfort, repeated sessions with the dentist, etc.
  3. Early tooth loss is a problem that can hit you before you even realize it. Older people often lose teeth prematurely because they did not take good care of them while they were young. By scheduling regular visits to the dentist and maintaining your oral health, you can preserve your teeth for years to come.
  4. Bad breath is a huge turnoff and very unpleasant to deal with. Routine dental cleanings keep bad breath at bay and give you confidence.
  5. Oral health is also indicative of your overall physical health. Regular sessions with the dentist will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, including the rest of the body.

Now that you know a few reasons you should get a regular dental cleaning let’s look at what could happen if you don’t.

The cost of ignoring oral hygiene

Ignoring your oral health can turn out to be very costly, and not only from a financial perspective. For example, if you overlook gum disease at its onset, it can spread very fast. It leads to excruciating pain and repeated appointments with the dentist. Similarly, even simple issues like cavities can become much more severe if you ignore them long enough. Tartar and plaque can build up to extreme levels if you are not receiving routine deep cleanings of your teeth. It can also lead to tooth decay, cavities, and chronic bad breath, which can put you in uncomfortable positions in social settings. It is recommended to treat a problem at its onset to prevent issues from getting worse.

How frequently do you need to visit a dentist?

While some dental procedures need just one dentist appointment in a year, others might have a higher frequency. Dentists generally recommend a routine dental cleaning every six months. However, your dentist makes the final call after assessing your oral health.

Scheduling a visit with the dentist at the right time is one of the best decisions you can make with respect to your health. If you want healthy teeth and gums along with a bright smile, there is no alternative to routine dental cleanings.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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