Just as people say the eyes are the windows to your soul; your mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. All of the body’s health systems are connected. When one area of the body is out of balance, it will affect overall health. The same is true for oral health. Since oral health and overall health is interconnected, receiving regular preventive care is very important to keeping teeth and gums healthy. For example, a professional teeth cleaning helps ward off gum disease, a condition that destroys oral health and can increase one’s risk for illness such as diabetes and stroke.
Why A Professional Teeth Cleaning is Beneficial to Your Health
Cleaning your teeth at home with proper brushing and flossing is very important to maintaining a healthy mouth. Unfortunately, even if you clean your teeth regularly and properly, you will still miss areas of your mouth. Missed areas leads to bacteria colonizing and forming plaque – a substance that hardens into tartar when exposed to calculus.
Filled with bacteria, plaque and tartar inflame and irritate the gums and can ultimately cause gum disease. Bacteria feed on sugar and release acid as a byproduct. Acid weakens teeth over time. Since it’s impossible to remove all debris and plaque, a professional cleaning is necessary. During cleanings, our trained hygienists gently scrape away tartar (which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing) and debris in hard to reach areas. You should receive at least two cleanings a year.
Annual Checkups Could Save Your Life
Not only is receiving a cleaning important to your wellbeing, yearly checkups help catch potential problems early on. During checkups, our dentist looks for more than just tooth decay. With diagnostic technology and a trained eye, our team evaluates the health of facial bones, all soft tissues, and the health of the entire tooth, including its roots. When we detect problems, we can offer effective treatment to manage conditions or restore oral health.
We also perform oral cancer screenings during checkups. Oral cancer, like other types of cancer, can be fatal if not detected and treated early.
To schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning or checkup, call the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today.