At The Plano Dentist we want to see each of our patients twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. This is not arbitrary; it is in line with the American Dental Association recommendations. Here are five reasons to schedule your next appointment:
1. Protect Your Gums
It’s not only severe dental caries that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as dangerous. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning gets rid of the plaque.
2. Prevent Cavities
Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can accumulate. We have many patients who are observant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist uncovers plaque on their teeth.
3. Check for Oral Cancer
The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this grave news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year. The best defense is early detection, which is why our checkups include oral cancer screenings.
4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand
Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many people treat it that way. At The Plano Dentist, we’ve often wondered about this disconnect. There is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is significantly influenced when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.
5. It May Be Free
Many Texas dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most reasonably priced ways to maintain ideal oral health.
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