Ever thought about your dental hygiene visit as a simple cleaning? If you do, it may be tempting to cancel or reschedule your visit when other things come up. If you brush and floss regularly, why is a dental cleaning necessary? Keep reading to learn why a dental hygiene visit is much more than a simple cleaning.
Removal Of Plaque Build-Up
Even with the most thorough and dedicated oral care routine consisting of flossing and brushing, some plaque will be left behind. When that missed plaque is left to sit in an area undisturbed, it hardens into a substance called tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional with specialized cleaning tools. Tartar also makes it easier for new dental plaque to find a place to dwell in the mouth, making things worse. If tartar is left unchecked, periodontal disease can take hold, which results in bone loss in the mouth.
The Systemic Link
While studies are ongoing in the area of how oral health is connected to overall health, studies indicate that people with chronic gum issues are at a higher risk of developing systemic diseases. Diseases include stroke, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers. Just one more reason why oral health is vital, and why maintaining your oral health should not be second place.
Oral Cancer Screening
During each dental visit, your dental professional performs a check of the inside of your mouth to look for changes or suspicious areas. Early detection is vital for treatment of oral cancers.
Now you have a better grasp of the importance of your dental cleaning appointments. Call us to schedule your dental hygiene visit if it has been a while.