If you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, congratulations! You’re doing a good job of protecting your smile from cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Since prevention is the most effective treatment, it’s also essential that you visit your dentist every six months (or more if necessary) for a checkup and professional cleaning. That’s because your dentist can detect concerns early on, before they become serious and require extensive treatment … and because your dentist can provide the kind of deep clean you just can’t do on your own. When you visit Dr. Judy Sturm & Associates, your Toronto downtown dentist, our team will give you minty fresh results and the peace of mind that your smile is being given excellent care. Regular cleanings offer many benefits, including: n Whiter, more vibrant smiles. We will get rid of plaque buildup and stains that discolour your teeth. n Prevent cardiovascular & gum disease. Getting your teeth cleaned is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease, which is linked to cardiovascular disease. So making sure you get in for your regular appointments can truly be a lifesaver. n Freshen your breath. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be embarrassing and a turnoff. Visiting us is a great way to address this problem and prevent it in the future. n Feel better. A thorough cleaning will not only rejuvenate your smile, but it will give you a boost of confidence. In addition to your cleaning, we will examine your teeth and gums for signs of oral health problems. The greater your risk factors, the more often you should get an exam. You don’t need to wait until you get a toothache to find out that something is affecting your smile. Your dental professionals can spot signs of … n tooth decay n cavities n broken fillings n periodontal disease n oral cancers n cardiovascular disease. The good news is that dental exams are usually covered by dental insurance. You’re also likely to incur a lower dental bill with early detection and prevention. Also … one of our hygienists will make sure you’re armed with the knowledge you need to properly care for your smile at home. They really know their stuff! If it’s been some time since you last visited a dentist for a cleaning or exam, give us a call today to schedule an appointment! We will help you maintain a beautiful smile for a lifetime.