Children are accustomed to hearing their parents tell them to brush and floss their teeth regularly. It’s something that children will do begrudgingly because they have to obey their parents. However, as a person gains maturity and as they get older, they realize that there are a lot of health benefits that come from having healthy teeth and gums. One of the very best ways to do this is to get regular dental cleanings.
A Smile Full of Teeth
One of the first benefits that comes from regularly cleaning your teeth and visiting our dentist for regular cleanings is that your smile is going to look great. You’re going to have a brighter smile, you’re going to have healthier-looking teeth, and you’re going to have fresh breath. All of these things increase the amount of confidence that you have.
Regularly cleaning your teeth removes plaque. When plaque is not removed, it can lead to tartar. Tartar stains your teeth. A buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is one of the primary reasons why a person’s teeth may fall out. So keeping your mouth clean is akin to keeping your teeth in your mouth.
Less Obvious Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
What many people do not realize is that there is a link between having a clean and healthy mouth and minimizing your chance of getting serious diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, lung infections, and even some forms of cancer.
Keeping your mouth clean and healthy benefits you financially as well. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Or in this case, a few dollars spent on floss, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and periodic dental checkups is worth more than the amount of money you may need to spend on dental treatments if you don’t take care of your mouth.
Some may wonder, what link is there between good oral health and preventing a heart attack or stroke? Well, bacteria that develop in your mouth can easily find their way into your bloodstream. This bacteria can weaken your heart or can create the conditions that make you more susceptible to stroke.
Diabetes is caused by your body’s inability to control blood glucose. Researchers have seen a link between the health of your gums and your body’s ability to keep sugar levels under control. The relationship between diabetes and gum disease is a two-way street. Individuals who have diabetes are more prone to gum disease. However, individuals who have gum disease set themselves up to have diabetes.
Schedule Your Dental Cleaning Today
In addition to the care that you provide for yourself at home, regular dental cleanings are key to you maintaining good oral health. Not only will our dentist at Parkwood Dental keep your mouth clean, but he will also help you monitor and prevent conditions that could cause serious oral health issues down the road. As such, the importance of regular checkups and cleanings cannot be overstated. Contact us today to schedule your dental checkup at our office in East Bradenton or West Bradenton!