Most people know that they should attend a dental checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. However, it can be easy to skip an appointment now and then when you don’t realize how important they are. Like brushing and flossing your teeth every day, dental checkups and cleanings are among the most important aspects of preventive dentistry. Also like your hygiene routine at home, checkups and cleanings are only effective if they’re consistent.
The Biggest Threats to Your Smile
The plaque that clings to your teeth every day is more than just uncomfortable – it’s also the biggest and most frequent threat to your smile. Plaque is a byproduct of hundreds of kinds of oral bacteria, several of which are specifically hazardous to your teeth and gums. In small doses, oral bacteria are no threat. Yet, when they accumulate excessively, they can produce enough acids and toxins to erode your tooth structure and infect your gums (respectively).
What Happens if You Skip an Appointment
With your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, you can effectively remove most of the harmful plaque that builds up on your teeth every day. However, you’re bound to miss spots once in a while, and the plaque that remains for more than a day can calcify into tartar, which you can’t remove at home. If you skip a dental cleaning appointment, then the bacteria in tartar can have the chance to grow strong enough to lead to issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
Keep Your Smile Healthy on a Regular Basis
Because the most common threats to your smile are present every day, consistently cleaning and checking your teeth is vital to keeping them healthy. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.