Sure, regular cleanings with our office promotes good oral hygiene, but did you know these visits also screen for a multitude of diseases? Getting your teeth cleaned and having your doctor’s exam may not rank up there with an afternoon on the course or ditching work to enjoy a matinee, but it may be well worth it for your overall health. Here are 4 really great reasons to see your dentist for your regularly scheduled cleanings.
- It’s an opportunity to check for Oral Cancer. You may or may not realize that you’re screened for oral cancer during your regular dental cleaning but you are. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, an American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. It’s a sad proposition, especially when you consider that it is highly curable with early diagnosis.
- Your gums are being checked for Gum Disease. Gum disease, or an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place, is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. It can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early. Unfortunately, not receiving treatment will lead to a more serious and advanced state of gum disease. Regular cleanings and check-ups along with daily brushing and flossing are key defenses against gum disease.
- Your overall health. Studies have linked heart attacks, diabetes detection and strokes to gum disease associated with poor oral hygiene. A trip to our office at least every 6 months and in some cases more often, could reduce your risk of other serious health issues.
- Early detection of Dental Problems. We’ve already touched upon early detection of gum disease and oral cancer, but don’t overlook more basic dental problems. Cavities and broken fillings are easy to treat. Without regular check-ups, undetected problems can lead to more serious issues like root canals, gum surgery and tooth extraction. An ounce of prevention verses a pound of cure.
So you haven’t been keeping up with what current research has to say about caring for your teeth. That’s why check-ups allow your dentist to examine your mouth and keep you on the right path. If it’s been more than 6 months since your last check up and cleaning, call your dentist to schedule an appointment today. If we can be of any help or answer any questions please feel free to drop us a line.
Hanna Orland, DMD
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
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