Dental hygiene is important for patients of ALL ages!
November 10, 2014
For many, a routine dental visit often seems like a chore and feels unnecessary: why have to pay to have your teeth cleaned when you do it daily at home?
Dentistry doesn’t always seem as important as the annual physicals with the family doctor. But it is!
What most people don’t realize is the strong connection between dental health and overall physical health. Poor dental health can affect and be affected by bigger health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. In most cases, patients don’t realize they have a developing oral health issue until it has become either an emergency or is causing additional dental health issues.
Visiting the dentist regularly for preventive care offers many benefits and is important for overall health. It is an investment in your healthcare that will “pay off” in the future.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
Dental cleanings are more thorough than at home brushing: our dental hygienists will clean all tooth surfaces and polish the enamel, noting if teeth appear worn or damaged.
Dental exams and x-rays can spot possible problems in the early stage.
Oral health can often be a window into overall health: larger problems may be spotted early on as they begin to affect dental health, often apparent in gum health.
Patients who visit the dentist twice per year as recommended experience better long term dental health and quality of life.