The benefits of regular dental checkups are numerous. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) you should have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Despite this recommendation, the ADA notes that almost a third of Americans fail to visit the dentist even once a year. If you fall within this category, it’s important to learn a little more about professional tooth cleaning visits and why they’re integral not just for your oral health, but your overall well-being.
Regardless of your age, dental health is important for everyone. Brushing and flossing every day tops the list of taking care of your teeth, but regular cleanings with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS twice a year benefits your overall health in addition to your oral health. Some people need checkups more often than this, but twice a year is recommended for everyone.
Four Reasons Why You Should Have Regular Teeth Cleanings Twice a Year
Dental Problems Are More Easily Remedied When Caught Early
Although you may be scheduled for a cleaning, Dr. Evanson will screen you for other potential problems, such as oral cancer, cavities, broken fillings and gum disease. Early detection helps you avoid the need for a root canal, gum surgery or tooth extraction, and potential oral cancer. These conditions are easy to diagnose in the early stages and early detection is among the main reasons that regular dental visits are imperative.
Professional Cleaning Protects Your Teeth and Gums
Bacteria in the mouth infect tissue surrounding the tooth, causing inflammation around the tooth leading to periodontal disease. When bacteria stay on the teeth long enough, they form plaque, which eventually hardens to tartar. Tartar build-up can spread below the gum line, which makes the teeth harder to clean at home. At that point, only a dental health professional can remove the tartar and stop the periodontal disease process.
70.1 percent of American adults have some form of gum disease, or periodontal disease, but early diagnosis can treat and even reverse the condition in some cases. If left untreated, gum disease can become serious and cause your permanent teeth to fall out. Regular dental cleanings along with brushing and flossing at home are a key way to prevent gum disease and to protect your teeth.
Prevent Halitosis or Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath, usually indicates an underlying dental problem. By keeping your teeth healthy and free from tartar buildup with regular cleanings, you can prevent bad breath from getting in the way of your social life.
Protect Your Overall Health
Taking good care of your teeth can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. There have been numerous studies that link chronic inflammation from gum disease to hardening of the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. By preventing gum disease with regular cleanings, you also reduce your chance of contracting diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
Dr. Evanson advocates the ADA’s recommendation of having your teeth cleaned twice a year. Although the most important reason to have your teeth and gums cleaned is to benefit your overall and oral health, cleaner teeth also improve your appearance and makes you feel more confident.
Learn More About the Benefits of Regular Dental Checkups
As a General and Family Dentist, Dr. Evanson treats patients of all ages in the communities of Parker, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree. To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (720) 409-0008.
A clean, radiant, healthy smile, is of benefit to your overall well-being. Preventative dentistry through professional cleanings twice a year will keep your smile beautiful and healthy for many years to come.Leave a reply →