It is extremely important that you keep your teeth in good health and looking their best. Most people were taught from a very young age to brush their teeth twice a day and floss regularly. However, this is only the first step in keeping your mouth and teeth fully healthy. In order to ensure that there are no underlying problems, you must visit your dentist for regular cleanings as well.
Unless there is pain or other noticeable problems with your teeth, dentists recommend that you schedule cleaning appointments every six months. These appointments give the dentist a chance to examine your teeth in order to check that no cavities are developing and there are no problems with your gums, mouth, or jaw. Additionally, these cleanings allow your dentist to provide a deeper cleaning than you can with your toothbrush at home. Using specially made tools, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar build-up around your teeth and gums, which helps your teeth remain healthy long-term.
Not only do regular dental cleanings keep your teeth healthy, but they also keep your body healthy overall. Without scheduled cleanings, your teeth can develop infections and decay that not only damage your teeth but can also spread to the surrounding bone and even to the blood. This condition, known as sepsis, is one of many different complications that can occur from a lack of oral hygiene. Other possible effects of skipping your dental cleaning may include:
- Coronary artery disease: individuals with gum disease are two times more likely to also suffer from this disease
- Dementia: research suggests that there is a link between a lack of oral hygiene and an increased risk of developing memory problems
- Impacts on diabetes: individuals with diabetes are more likely to suffer from tooth and mouth infections
- Respiratory infections: gum disease increases your risk of developing infections such as pneumonia
- Difficulty with pregnancy: research has shown that people with gum or dental disease took more time, on average, to become pregnant than those with healthy teeth
Although the reason behind dental hygiene’s connection to these other conditions is not always completely explainable, evidence found so far indicates that dental health has a more significant effect on overall health than many people realize. By scheduling regular dental cleanings, not only can you keep your teeth healthy but you can help improve your overall bodily health.
If you or your loved ones have not recently scheduled a dental cleaning, the dental team at Babylon Dental Care is ready to help you get started. They will help you better understand the condition of your teeth and what teeth cleaning practices are best for your body. To set up your appointment with one of our experienced dentists, contact us at (631) 983-6665, today.