Visiting the dentist as a child to have your teeth cleaned was a fun experience. Depending on your dentist, you probably were able to choose the flavor of the paste they used to clean your teeth, wear a big “napkin” decorated with your favorite superheroes, and possibly pick out the toy of your choice on your way out the door. The dentist office was fun, friendly, and enjoyable. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, you might have lost this enjoyment and discovered that you, in fact, prefer not to even schedule dental appointments. At MyLife Dental in Eagan, we want to reestablish that sense of comfort and enjoyment for all of our patients. Read some of the reasons for keeping regular dental visits and then call to see how we can help you with regular teeth cleanings!

Prevent Unnecessary Fillings

You probably already know that you should brush your teeth twice a day at a minimum for clean teeth. In addition, you should make sure that you floss to get to the areas that your brush cannot thoroughly clean. When you were young, you might even have been taught a song to help you determine the proper length of time for brushing. If you were told that brushing would prevent cavities, however, that wasn’t completely accurate. The reason that you should brush your teeth is that it helps to remove the remnants of food that are left on teeth after meals. The bacteria that live in your mouth digest these foods, which then turn into acids. The combination of food particles, bacteria, acid, and saliva, work to form plaque, which, when left untreated, can begin to form cavities. Fillings are the usual solution for the formation of cavities. So while brushing itself may not prevent cavities, it definitely helps to remove some of the main ingredients in cavity formation, and can help you avoid the need for a filling. Cleaning your teeth will also provide you with good breath, a beautiful smile, and make your next dentist visit a breeze.

Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, is an inflammatory disease that is caused when bacteria in plaque builds up between the gums and teeth. If your gums look more red than usual, and appear puffy, these are indications that you should see a dentist. MyLife Dental in Eagan knows that the thought of having gum disease can be scary. We are here to reassure that we can help you. We take pride in providing the highest quality of dental care at affordable prices, and our professionals will work with you to determine the appropriate course of action not only to stop the advancement of gum disease, but also to work on reversing the effects. We want our patients to be educated on the best ways to take care of their oral health, because preventative care is the best care! Whether you are new to the area, or you are looking for a better way to receive dental care, we have professional, qualified dentists near you. 

Prevent Oral Cancer

For many, cancer is one of the scariest words in the English language. While it may not be pleasant to talk about, MyLife Dental values your health and offers this information for your benefit. Practicing good oral hygiene is the perfect place to start. Cleaning your teeth on a regular basis through brushing, flossing, and mouthwash is a great routine. Visiting your dentist twice a year for professional teeth cleaning is even better! Here are a few additional items that you should consider when thinking about your overall health as this directly impacts your oral health:

  • Don’t use tobacco products. Avoiding these products removes one of the biggest risks of developing oral cancer.
  • Enjoy adult beverages in moderation. While there are studies that report some benefits to drinking red wine, excessive alcohol use upsets the body’s chemistry and weakens its defenses against cancer.
  • Make regular dental visits a priority. One of the best ways to prevent oral cancer is prevention through professional teeth cleaning and early detection.

At MyLife Dental in Eagan, we care about our patients and their health. We want to make teeth cleaning an easy part of your routine. When it comes time for your visit to our office, you are welcome to either schedule an appointment, or simply walk in for your cleaning! Whether you have insurance or not, we are able to provide top quality dental care at an affordable cost through our subscription plans. Contact us today and rediscover the childhood joy of a dental visit!