Why Regular Cleanings Are So Important to Your Health
There are two main reasons why dental cleanings are so important.
Maintain Good Oral Health
Gum disease can result in painful infections, loose teeth, and tooth loss. The CDC estimates that over 47% of Americans have gum disease. Because of its prevalence, many believe they’re not meant to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Losing teeth and getting dentures are a part of life and getting older.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Your Tampa dentist can successfully treat periodontal disease, arresting it to prevent tooth loss. However, with regular, preventative dental cleanings, you can actually reverse gum disease (if you are still in the initial stage, called gingivitis) – or prevent it altogether.
Just imagine that! Living your entire life with all your natural teeth, eating whatever you want, and enjoying your unique, beautiful smile for decades. It is possible with good dental hygiene at home and regular teeth cleaning in Tampa.
Promote Good Overall Health
Another reason to invest in a preventative treatment like regular professional dental cleanings is that it keeps your body healthy.
For a long time, some in the healthcare community didn’t recognize the connection between oral and general physical health. Thankfully, researchers took the time to study the effects of gum disease on overall health and found that people with periodontal disease are at an increased risk of other diseases.
Why is this good news? It’s because we now know that with routine preventative dental care, we can promote better health. We can reduce the risk of things like:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Respiratory disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Difficulty controlling blood sugar levels
- Pregnancy complications