Taking good care of your teeth and gums isn’t only important for your smile. Your oral hygiene is also very important to your overall health as well. Gum disease and teeth problems have been linked to strokes, heart disease, and diabetes.

 In addition to brushing twice a day, and flossing daily, you should also be visiting your dentist’s office every 6-12 months to receive a dental cleaning and exam! By taking care of your oral hygiene, you’re taking care of your overall health as well.

Below are 4 great reasons to make an appointment today:

  1. Prevention of Gum Disease – Gum disease is the infection of the gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can cause bone loss, which will result in the loosening and falling out of your teeth.
  2. Cancer Detection – Every dental cleaning and exam is accompanied by an oral cancer screening. The early diagnosis of oral cancers is very important for improving your prognosis if you are diagnosed.
  3. Maintaining Oral Health – Making sure to visit your dentist’s office regularly as this will allow the hygienists to keep track of your oral health and compare them with previous tests and results. This way your dentist will know if something is abnormal and can help you get back on track. In addition, regular appointments can catch any issues early on, making them easier (and less expensive!) to treat.
  4. Achieving a Healthy Smile – A healthy, beautiful smile goes a long way towards improving confidence and self-esteem! When these aspects improve, so will your social and professional life. Receiving regular cleanings and exams will help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile!

Because of the recent research tying oral health in with physical health and heart problems, it’s more important than ever to focus more on your dental health. In addition to at-home oral hygiene habits, regular dental cleanings will help keep your gums and teeth healthy, which will keep the rest of you healthy as well!

Because properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and care for, consider orthodontic treatment as part of reaching your dental health goals. To set up a consultation, please contact Garlock Orthodontics here in Aurora, Colorado.