Toothaches and pesky cavities are NO fun! Though most of us have experienced a dental mishap or two, it is still very common to neglect our teeth until the next issue. This bad habit is detrimental to our overall well-being.
Most of us are aware that cavities, bad breath, staining, discoloration, and the occasional chipped tooth are all common side effects of dental negligence. However, many of us are unaware that the problems do not stop within the mouth. Each tooth is connected to a certain vital organ within our body. Poor oral health has been linked to many cardiovascular illnesses, gum disease, diabetes, dementia, respiratory infection, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. And Sadly, that is only a small portion of the extensive list of harmful afflictions.
It is wise to adopt at-home preventive measures such as brushing twice a day, regular flossing, rinsing with hydrogen peroxide, and even oil pulling. Though these are great ways to improve and maintain oral health, you will still need to consult with a dental hygienist for a more in depth, professional cleaning.
Here are 4 reasons to NEVER to skip out on your routine dental cleaning.
1. Stain Removal
Sure, it is easy to find a toothpaste that promises whiter teeth and stain removal within 10 days or so. But usually, the results never come -and if they do, it is after a much longer waiting period. Dental hygienists are equipped with the tools and skill-set to remove stains and discoloration from your teeth leaving you with a brighter smile!
2. Fresher Breath
Despite constant brushing, some people still struggle with chronic bad breath. Though sometimes it is due to an unrelated health issue, it is often the result of bacteria that our toothbrushes have a hard time reaching. In this case, professional help is needed.
3. Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease will ultimately lead to early tooth loss. Our gums provide our teeth with a protective shield so when they are unhealthy, it could lead to a series of harmful infections. A dental cleaning will identify any issues that may lead to gum disease and provide the necessary treatment.
4. Plaque and Tartar Removal
Excessive plaque buildup can result to gingivitis, gum disease, and even tooth decay. Our teeth are exposed to plaque everyday through the sugary and starchy foods that we consume. Because plaque is so sticky and acidic, it can be difficult to remove by ourselves – and if plaque is not removed, it eventually turns into tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional.
It is recommended that you schedule a dental cleaning every six months. There are some issues that cannot be treated at home. Getting regular professional cleanings will leave you with a much healthier, beautiful smile!