Okay. So all of us have been told that regular visits to the dentist are good for us and good for our health. Here are a few reasons why having your teeth cleaned regularly is a good idea.
1. To Help Prevent Bad Breath:
Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes such as poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, unclean dentures, oral cancers, or throat infections. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing many of these conditions and can, in turn, prevent bad breath.
2. To Prevent Gum Disease:
Gum (periodontal) disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque – the sticky, colorless, bacteria-filled film that adheres to your teeth. As plaque builds up on your teeth, it hardens and becomes tartar, which is not only unsightly, but can be difficult to remove. In addition, the bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation and gingivitis. If bacteria are not removed and the inflammation continues, the gum tissues can be destroyed and more advanced stages of gum disease may follow.
3. To Ensure You Keep Your Teeth:
Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? As gum disease advances, the pockets around your teeth grow deeper, and plaque moves further down the tooth root, which can destroy supporting bone. The affected teeth may loosen and eventually fall out.
4. To Maintain Your Overall Health:
There is growing evidence of a connection between one’s oral health and overall health. Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease. Although no causal relationships have been discovered, a dental cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, if you have regular oral examinations, your dentist may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem in its early stages.
Be sure to follow a good oral hygiene regimen and have your teeth checked at least twice a year. These habits will not only keep your smile happy and bright, but will help you avoid more costly procedures in the future.