Regular cleanings at checkups at Koch Park Dental in Florissant are the best things you can do to maintain your dental health. But we’re using this blog post to be a little more specific.
1. Protect Your Gums
It’s not only extreme cavities that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as harmful. 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 eliminates the plaque before it can cause the gums to loosen.
2. Prevent Cavities
Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can build up. We have many patients who are dutiful brushers but are surprised when our hygienist uncovers plaque on their teeth.
3. Check for Oral Cancer
The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this unfortunate news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year.
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 individuals treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but forget their teeth. Did you know, for example, that there is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health?
5. It May Be Free
Many dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain ideal oral health.