Good oral hygiene is important to your oral and physical health. Having poor oral hygiene can lead to dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental checkups every 6 months and here are some top ten reasons why.
1. Prevent Oral Cancer
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, a person dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States. Your dentist will screen you for oral cancer every time you visit, therefore regular dental appointments can help diagnose oral cancer early on.
2. Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. It is an infection in the gum tissues and tooth bone. Gum disease can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. If left untreated, advanced gum disease may follow and cause oral and physical health problems. Regular dental cleanings and check ups, daily flossing and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.
3. Maintain Good Physical Health
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. Keep The Teeth You Have
Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental check ups, cleanings, and brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and better health.
5. Early Detection of Oral Problems
Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and tooth loss could become the only treatment options available.
6. Maintain Good Oral Health
A visit to the dentist will help to ensure that you maintain good oral health by allowing us to visually examine your mouth and compare your previous dental check ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene your dentist can help put you back on the right path.
7. Use Your Dental Insurance
Dental insurance plans can pay for most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene.
8. To Create a Treatment Plan
If we diagnose any problems in your mouth, we will recommend a treatment plan. This treatment plan will have the cost of each procedure that you will need, so that you can discuss financial options to accommodate the cost of getting your mouth healthy again.
9. Get A Bright Smile
Your dentist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During a teeth cleaning, the dentist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.
10. Prevent Bad Breath
Dental studies show that about 85 percent of people with persistent halitosis (bad breath) have a dental problem. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular check ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.