Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check-ups and cleanings can prevent these problems.
The dental teams at each of the Alabama Family Dentistry’s locations are dedicated to your oral and overall health. That’s why they consider factors other than tooth decay. If your teeth and mouth appear healthy, screening for signs of other diseases is still an important part of your routine exam.
If the scale or calculus (tartar) is allowed to accumulate on the teeth it will unfortunately provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care.
Want to Live 10 Years Longer?
Dr. Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic, made an important discovery over 100 years ago. He found people who had kept all or most of their teeth for a lifetime lived 10 years longer than those who had lost their teeth. Recently, evidence of his discovery has become even stronger. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (Dec 2005) reported progressive risks associated with tooth loss. There was a 21% increase incidence of heart disease among patients missing one to five teeth, a 60% increase when missing six to 31 teeth, and an 81% increase in heart disease for patients with no remaining teeth. The list of related medical and dental conditions is growing. In fact, tooth loss can be indicative of existing ailments you may not even be aware of such as diabetes, stroke, and even high cholesterol levels.
So, if you want a longer, healthier life you can start by making sure you take care of your teeth. Visit your dentist for the recommended 2 check-ups and cleanings per year.