Ten Reasons to Have a Dental Cleaning
Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Following, are ten important reasons to maintain our recommended schedule of dental 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, we also screen you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.
2. To Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and check ups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum 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 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, cleanings, and 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
Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.
6. To Maintain Good Oral Health
A visit to our office will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by allowing us to visualy examine your mouth and compare your previous dental check ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene we will help put you back on the right path.
7. To Use Your Dental Insurance Plan
Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run 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 reccommend a treatment plan. This treatment plan will have the cost of each procedure that you will need, so that we can discuss financial arrangements to accommodate the cost of getting your mouth healthy again.
9. To Have a Bright and White Smile
Our hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, we will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!
10. To Prevent Bad Breath
Dental studies show that about 85 percent 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. Regular check ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
Sports Drinks and Tooth Decay
Hydration and energy are important facets to athletic success. But new studies have shown that they can be just as harmful to the strength of your teeth as soft drinks. Due to their acidic nature and high in sugar contents, all these drinks can wear away the enamel from your teeth.
The Academy of General Dentistry released findings in 2012 that showed that over the course of years, sports drinks and energy drinks caused tooth decay just as fast (and in some cases faster) than soft drinks. Many young athletes suppose that as they exercise and play sports, these drinks are vital to their performance and health. While they do assist in endurance and hydration, especially for athletes engaging in strenuous physical activity, you can often get the same benefits from juice or even water with fewer risks to your teeth and your overall health.
Certainly during this hot summer season, a cooling sports drink should not be seen as a healthier alternative to soda when it comes to dental health. If you or your children find sports drinks as a frequent hydrator, you may want to rethink your sugar intake.
SUMMERTIME IS ALMOST HERE!
Now is the time to make those appointments you've been delaying because of time restraints and school conflicts, if you child needs their wisdom teeth extracted or just a cleaning, summer is the best time to schedule those, you'll still have plenty of time to enjoy those long hot summer days!!
Don’t Forget your Mouthguard: Prevent Injuries in Youth
Statistics show that each year more than 3.5 million children, 14 years of age and younger suffer injuries while playing sports or participating in recreational activities, and many of these injuries involve the teeth, mouth and face.
Using a mouthguard for protection is the right thing to do as it helps protect your child's beautiful smile! So if your child is playing a summer sport
The practice is now under the ownership of Dr. Jennifer Young.
Dr. Whitehouse is still in the practice, he was on vacation when we took the above pictures.