At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH, we tell all of our patients we want to see them for a cleaning and checkup every six months. It’s the best way to maintain your dental health, but in this post we’ll get a little more specific.
1. Protect Your Gums
It’s not only extreme dental caries that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease is just as serious. 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 faithful brushers but are surprised when our hygienist finds plaque on their teeth.
3. Check for Oral Cancer
The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this grave news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1
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 people treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but miss their teeth. At Vanguard Dental Group, we’ve often wondered about this persistent disconnect. Did you know 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 biannual dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain ideal oral health.
At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH, the dental health of each patient is always our top priority. Our services include dental implants and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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