There are things we ask our children to do that many of them don’t understand; things like cleaning their room, wearing socks with their shoes, and sharing toys. You may be able to explain away the importance of these things to your children, but what do you tell them when they ask about visiting the dentist?
Dr. Matthew L. Bridges wants to help you explain the importance of dental cleaning to your children in an informative and accurate way. Our hope is that your child will continue visiting the dentist throughout his or her life—not just because you say so.
Here are five reasons why regular dental cleaning appointments are important:
1. To prevent cavities.
Your daily oral hygiene routine is a major factor in reducing the risk of cavities, but even those with the most effective oral hygiene routines need to visit the dentist every six months. Regular dental cleanings ensure that no food or plaque provides a home for bacteria in your mouth. These particles love to hide between your teeth, along the gum line, and on your tongue. When overlooked, plaque can create cavities in your teeth. Cavities can lead to pain, tooth sensitivity, and tooth loss.
The gentle and thorough care of a dental hygienist is extremely effective in cleaning those hard-to-reach areas of your smile.
2. To brighten your smile.
A regular dental cleaning can remove unwanted stains from your teeth caused by certain foods and drinks like:
- Red wine
You most likely won’t experience the same results that professional whitening treatments deliver, but for lighter stains, dental cleanings are certainly effective.
3. To freshen breath.
If you or your child constantly have bad breath, a dental cleaning may be exactly what you need. Bad breath is embarrassing, but it can usually be cured by removing the bad bacteria from your teeth, tongue, and gums.
Continuous bad breath can be a sign of a more serious dental issue like tooth decay and gum disease. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today if you are experiencing this problem.
4. To improve your overall health.
The health of your mouth can have a direct impact on your overall health. By visiting the dentist regularly, you can lower your risk of certain health issues, such as:
- Heart disease
- Premature birth
By making your oral health a priority, you help keep your whole body healthy.
5. To save money.
Right now, you are likely the one paying for your child’s dental appointments, but one day he or she will take over.
By attending regular dental cleanings, you and your child avoid more serious oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. If you were to skip regular dental appointments, these problems may develop and cause you to spend more money on expensive procedures and treatments.
Prevention is the best policy when it comes to your oral health, overall health, and finances.
Schedule Your Dental Cleaning Appointments Today
Find fun and interesting ways to make these five reasons relatable to your child. Once you and your child arrive at your family dentist’s office, the dental team will make your child feel welcome and comfortable. Hopefully, the next appointment won’t require so much convincing!
Contact your local family dentist today to schedule regular dental cleanings for you and your child.