WHY VISIT THE DENTIST?
Why is it important that I visit my dentist on a regular basis?
Well, you might be surprised to learn the extent of what really goes on during your regular check-up. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for many potential problems. Tooth decay, oral cancer, and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of problems that can have serious consequences if left undetected.
We recommend that our patients visit our office on a regular basis to ensure their optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly problems. Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important party of your overall health.
Keeping your mouth extra clean may help protect your heart from harmful bacteria.
Previous studies have linked the gum disease known as gingivitis (caused by bacteria) to an increased risk of heart disease, but it wasn’t known how the two were connected. Researchers found that these bacteria may cause the body to attack itself with white blood cells, which stick to the bacteria in the arteries and cause a build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis).
Although this study does not prove that dental hygiene can reduce the risk of heart disease, brushing your teeth and visiting your dentist regularly are important to your overall health. Remember to tell your dentist if you have any heart conditions or blood circulation problems, as it may affect your treatment.