Routine Dental Cleanings Save Your Life!
To keep yourself (and your family) healthy, you make dinners with leafy greens, exercise 3-4 times a week, and avoid smoking cigarettes and secondhand smoke. You actively take care of your body, heart, and lungs.
However in addition to your body, heart, and lungs, you should also be taking care of your teeth and mouth. You can do this by visiting your Nashville dentist twice a year for your routine dental cleanings.
Why is it so important for you to visit your dentist every six months? Because these routine dental cleanings can actually save your life!
Issues like periodontal disease and bone loss can significantly affect your overall health if not caught by your dentist during a cleaning or checkup. Below we’ll go over reasons to take your six month cleanings seriously, the oral health issues you can avoid, and best practices for keeping your teeth and mouth healthy in between cleanings.
Your Dental Cleaning Appointments Are Serious Business
Just like you would never miss your annual checkup or physical at the doctor, you should never miss a six month dental appointment. These check-ins are how your dentist is able to gauge the healthiness of your teeth, mouth, gums, and smile.
Without a prior appointment, your dentist is not able to tell if your gums are receding faster than before, if your teeth are starting to crowd, or if bacteria in the mouth is causing early stage bone loss.
And it’s not just oral health issues your dentist can spot. Sometimes health issues that affect other areas of the body, actually start in the mouth. WIthout visiting the dentist, you might never know about a problem because there aren’t any symptoms. For example:
Routine gum infections could be signs of uncontrolled diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or preterm labor;
Mouth lesions can be related to diabetes or HIV/AIDS;
Low saliva production could lead to a depressed immune system, causing you to get sick often and develop oral thrush.
Not only does visiting your dentist twice a year keep you healthy, it also shows your kids that visiting the dentist is necessary. When kids are younger, they form habits based on things they see their parents or important figures do. So by prioritizing your six month cleanings, you’re showing your children (and other easy-to-influence kids) that oral hygiene is important and should be managed for overall health.
Routine Dental Cleanings Prevent Serious Oral Health Issues
Like we mentioned above, seeing your dentist every six months can prevent oral health issues from progressing into serious diseases. Here are just some of the issues you can avoid:
Gingivitis - The beginning stages of gum disease, gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums usually caused by a bacterial infection.
Periodontitis - If gingivitis is left untreated, it will turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and eventually be indicators for heart and lung disease.
Bone Loss - Periodontitis can eventually eat away at your jawbone, as the bacteria infection digs deep and starts to affect the periodontal ligament. This eventually erodes bones in the mouth, leading to bone loss. When this happens, your teeth can begin to fall out as they aren’t held in place and kept steady.
Halitosis - Bad breath is more than just garlic, onions, and coffee. Consistent bad breath can be a sign of bacteria living in the mouth. Without treatment, the bacteria can affect your gums and lead to gingivitis or worse, periodontitis.
Oral health issues should not be taken lightly. If not treated, they can affect your ability to chew and eat food, speak, and the overall shape of your mouth and jaw.
5 Best Practices for Keeping Your Mouth Healthy In-Between Dental Visits
Visiting the dentist twice a year and getting routine dental cleanings helps keep your mouth healthy and disease free. But it takes more than these regular visits to prevent issues from arising.
In-between dental visits you should have an oral health routine you follow to ensure your teeth, gums, and tongue are well-cared for. What should your routine look like? Here are some ideas:
Brush your teeth twice a day! - At the very least, brush your teeth in the morning and right before going to bed. This will remove food particles, plaque, and tartar build up from the day.
Floss! - Flossing removes particles that get stuck between your teeth. Flossing at least once a day can keep your gums healthy too.
Use mouthwash - Using mouthwash not only rinses away food particles, it helps freshen your breath as well.
Avoid sugary, sticky, hard candies - While these sweet temptations may be delicious, they can wreak havoc on your teeth. It’s best to keep sweets to a minimum or substitute them for healthier options entirely.
Enjoy a healthy diet - Your teeth are bones, just like in your body. By eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you’re keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
Another tip is to schedule your six month cleaning appointment before you leave your current one. This will ensure you always have a dentist visit scheduled and will keep your dental routine on schedule.
Your oral hygiene is important to your overall health. Take the time to visit the dentist so you can stay healthy for years to come.
Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning Appointment Today
Ready to come in to our dental office for your next dental cleaning? We’re ready too! Even if it’s been awhile since your last visit, we’re ready to to examine your teeth and get you on a dental cleaning routine that will protect your body, heart, lungs AND teeth.
Schedule your next appointment by calling 615-471-4727 or contacting us online.