Sometimes life gets busy and it gets hard to keep up with all the necessary appointments. Totally understandable, but our team at Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in the Lansdale, Pennsylvania area cannot emphasize enough the importance of making time to get to the dentist. Regular dental check ups are important for so many reason. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. Here are a handful of reasons to schedule a dental cleaning today!
1. Protect Your Gums
Cavities can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as detrimental. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning removes the plaque before it can cause the gums to loosen.
2. Prevent Cavities
Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can build up. We have many patients who are vigilant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist finds plaque on their teeth.
3. Check for Oral Cancer
The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this sobering news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year. During a check up, your dentist can check for early signs that could save your life.
4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand
Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many men and women treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but forget their teeth. At Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we’ve often wondered about this persistent disconnect. Did you know that there is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is significantly impacted when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.
5. It May Be Free
Most dental insurance plans cover semiannual dental cleanings, so make your investment pay off for you. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most reasonably priced ways to maintain optimal oral health.
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