It’s one of those tasks that languishes on your to-do list: Make appointment to get teeth cleaned.
It only takes a couple hours every six months. And yet, each time it comes up on your daily agenda you cringe and feel like there are a dozen other things you should be doing at that very moment. You may wonder, “Is it worth it?”
Here’s the simple answer to that question: Yes. Having your teeth cleaned every six months to a year is a critical part of your oral care regime.
Teeth cleaning helps prevent gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection caused by plaque. As it builds up it hardens to your teeth and turns into tartar. Plaque releases toxins which irritate your gums and cause inflammation and gingivitis. The inflammation can destroy gum tissue and lead to gum disease.
Gum disease can lead to tooth loss. As the disease develops, it opens pockets in your gums and allows plaque to travel further down the roots of your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Regularly brushing and flossing helps prevent damaging plaque and tartar buildup. However, that’s not enough.
Professional teeth cleaning gets to the parts of your teeth you miss. The longer you wait between teeth cleanings, the worse the damage.
Gum disease doesn’t just affect your gums. It may affect your overall health. There is much evidence that suggest strokes and heart attacks are related to gum disease.
Good oral hygiene also prevents bad breath. Teeth cleanings can alleviate odor by removing food stuck between teeth.
Procrastinate no more. If you want to keep those teeth firmly affixed to your gums, pick up the phone and make an appointment right now. Your dental health can’t wait.