- March 1, 2016
While you’re busy cleaning the cobwebs out of your home this Spring, there’s something else that needs your attention.
It seems like when Winter ends, there’s no end to the amount of chores you have to deal with, yet in spite of all your efforts, you could easily be forgetting one chore that is more important than any work around your home – and one that could have more serious consequences if you neglect to take care of it.
I’m talking about conducting a Spring cleaning on your smile. It’s been a long time coming, but with Spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get a teeth cleaning and oral health examination from your Birmingham dentist.
You cannot afford to let your smile go unseen by a dentist for very long, or else you’re inviting disaster. Similarly, you wouldn’t stop cleaning your house (even if you wait until the absolute last minute to do so), and if you did stop, there’s no telling what kind of problems that might arise: Anything from fire hazards due to the buildup of clutter, to rodent infestations, and more.
You wouldn’t let that happen to your home, so why are you neglecting the cleanliness of your smile?
A Tidy Smile Is A Healthy Smile
Living with your head in the sand when it comes to good oral health is a terrible strategy. In fact, it’s not much of a strategy at all. Ignoring your oral health, and failing to schedule regular checkups with a dentist like me, is good for one thing and one thing only: Destroying your smile.
Bit by bit, and day by day, bacteria will slowly take over, infecting your gums and promoting the loss of one or more teeth. Or it could be that a cavity begins to flare up, leading to an infection of the root of a tooth. Or maybe you’ve got a disorder in your jaw bone, or even worse, sleep apnea, in which case there is nothing you can do without my help.
The point is that, by not keeping an eye on the cleanliness of your smile, these and many other oral health disorders can threaten the integrity and the appearance of your smile. Worst case scenario, those disorders will cause so much damage that your only choice will be to get very expensive (and sometimes painful) restorative dentistry procedures. In the meantime, you’ll have to put up with damaged or missing teeth, which can cause no end to your embarrassment and shame.
If you think that keeping your teeth and gums in good working order is something that you can do alone, you might as well put your head back into the sand. Unlike tidying your home to meet the Spring, keeping your smile in its best possible shape is only possible through professional preventative dentistry. There is only so much that brushing and flossing can accomplish, and while they are important, they are not a replacement for a professional teeth cleaning.
For one thing, your toothbrush and whatever floss that you use cannot successfully treat harmful bacterial smile-killers like plaque and gingivitis. Sure, it might keep them at bay, for a time, but before long your smile will need a little professional help or else I’m afraid you’re playing Russian roulette with your oral health. It will only be a matter of time before you have a problem that only a serious and potentially painful treatment can fix.
By coming in for a teeth cleaning and oral health examination twice a year, you are ensuring that the clutter in your smile will never pile up to dangerous proportions. I can identify any problems with your smile before they get any worse, saving you thousands of dollars in potential restorative procedures that you can avoid entirely with a little ounce of prevention.
A teeth cleaning can also help to brighten your smile by removing superficial stains, and can even attack bad breath (otherwise known as halitosis), enhancing your appearance and your confidence.
And, like having a clean house, a clean smile is inviting and a pleasure in itself. You can feel at ease knowing that your smile as is warm and welcoming as the Spring itself.
For a literal breath of fresh air and a smile worthy of it, please make your appointment with me by calling 248-972-8720. You may also request an appointment online by clicking here and filling out a simple web form.