Why Have Your Teeth Cleaned?

 
Proper oral hygiene is important not only for your appearance, but also for your overall health. Improper oral hygiene may lead to infection, gum disease with possible bone and tooth loss. Gum disease has been associated with cardiovascular disease, and other serious ailments.

Why is cleaning part of good oral hygiene?
  1. Good Oral Health: During dental cleanings, the hygienist and dentist can let you know if you're maintaining good oral health, and make appropriate suggestions if you're not.

  2. Early Detection of Dental Problems: Dental problems can be detected during dental cleanings, allowing for proper and timely treatment. Minor problems such as cavities or early gum disease can be treated and do not have to become major problems.

  3. Keeping Your Teeth: Regular dental cleanings, along with check ups and good home care are important to enable you to keep your own teeth for as long as possible, and to help you to maintain your normal chewing function and overall good health.

  4. Gum Disease: If gum disease is diagnosed early, it can usually be reversed through treatment. Gum disease is caused by infection in the gum tissue and bone, eventually leading to tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings - and check ups - help to prevent gum disease.

  5. Oral Cancer: As part of the cleaning and/or check up, you are also screened for oral cancer, which is most often curable if diagnosed and treated early enough.

  6. Good Physical Health: Heart disease and other serious ailments have been associated with gum disease, which in turn is often a result of poor oral hygiene. Periodic dental cleanings help to maintain healthy gums and teeth and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  7. Appearance: Most tobacco, coffee, and tea stains can be removed during cleanings. If needed your teeth are also polished and shined. The end result is a whiter, brighter smile - and a brighter you!
As you can see, having your teeth examined and cleaned on a regular schedule is important for both your health and your appearance. If we haven't seen your smile in while, give us a call. We'd be happy to have you in our office to ensure that your smile is healthy and living up to its full potential!

 
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