Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, and is connected to heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check-ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
Here are 8 reasons to have regular dental check-ups and 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, your dentist is also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.
2. To prevent gum disease
When the gum tissues and bones become infected, this is known as gum disease – one of the top causes of tooth loss in adults. If the condition is diagnosed early enough, it can be treated and possibly even reversed. However, when left untreated it can lead to more serious forms of the disease. It’s important to go for regular cleanings and check-ups, and to brush twice a day and floss every day to help prevent this 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 3 -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 teeth
Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental check ups and cleanings, brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.
5. To detect dental problems early
Your dentist and hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canal, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.
6. To maintain good oral health
Your dental hygienist will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by visual examination and comparing your previous dental check-ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene she will help put you back on the right path.
7. To have a bright and white smile
Your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!
8. 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 and the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene is to have regular check-ups and cleanings.