Good oral hygiene is important, not only for how you look, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as bad breath, gum disease, infection, heart disease, strokes, and more. Here are 10 important reasons to maintain our recommended schedule of dental cleanings! 1. To Prevent Oral Cancer According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, we also screen you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early. 2. To Prevent Gum Disease Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and checkups, flossing daily, and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease. 3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. A dental cleaning every 6 months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes. 4. To Keep Your Natural Teeth
Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental checkups, cleanings, and brushing and flossing are vital to keeping your natural teeth, which means better chewing function and ultimately, better health. 5. To Detect Dental Problems Early
Cavities, broken fillings, and gum disease are easily treatable, and during a cleaning we will look for all of these potential issues. If these problems go untreated, you could eventually more aggressive treatment, such as root canals, gum surgery, or tooth extractions. 6. To Maintain Good Oral Health A visit to our office will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by allowing us to visually examine your mouth and compare your previous dental checkups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene, we will help put you back on the right path. 7. To Use Your Dental Insurance Plan Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and checkups every six months. Take advantage of your benefits. As we always say, use it or lose it! It can help save you money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene. 8. To Create a Treatment Plan If we diagnose any problems, we will recommend a treatment plan to help get you back on track. It will be customized to you and your specific oral health needs. The plan will include cost estimates and timelines.
9. To Have a Bright and White Smile Our hygienist can help minimize stains caused by food and drinks. During your cleaning, we will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile! 10. To Prevent Bad Breath Dental studies show that about 85% of people with persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular checkups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
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