oral-hygieneProper oral hygiene is important for a beautiful smile, but also for your overall health. Lack of good oral hygiene may lead to infection, gum disease, bone loss, tooth loss, cardiovascular disease, inflammation and stroke.

Why is a dental cleaning part of good oral hygiene?

Oral Cancer
As part of the cleaning process, you are also screened for oral cancer, which is curable if diagnosed and treated early.

Gum Disease
If gum disease is diagnosed early, it can be stopped through treatment. Gum disease is caused by infection in the gum tissue and bone, eventually leading to tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings and checkups help to prevent gum disease.

Your Teeth
Regular dental cleanings, checkups with the dentist and good hygiene habits like flossing are all important tools to keep your own teeth healthy, which help to maintain great chewing function and overall good health.

Good Physical Health
Heart attacks and strokes have recently been linked to gum disease, which progresses as a result of poor oral hygiene. Regular dental cleanings help to maintain healthy gums and teeth and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Good Oral Health
During dental cleanings, the hygienist can let you know if you’re maintaining good oral health, and make appropriate suggestions if you’re not.

Early Detection of Dental Problems
Dental problems can be detected during dental cleanings, allowing for proper and timely treatment. Minor problems such as cavities or early gum gingivitis can be treated early and prevent more extensive and costly treatment.

External stain from tobacco, coffee, and tea can be removed during cleanings with the polish at the end of the appointment. Your teeth are also polished and shined. The end result is a whiter and brighter smile!

Having your teeth examined, cleaned and polished on a regular schedule is important for both your health and your appearance. If we haven’t seen your smile in while, give us a call. We would be happy to have you in our office to ensure that your smile is healthy and living up to its full potential!