Dental Cleanings: Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Next Appointment
Is it time for your next dental cleaning, but you just can’t find time in your day to schedule an appointment? Are you tempted to skip the cleaning because your teeth don’t hurt and you brush and floss well anyway?
New patients at our Kalaheo dental office sometimes think that these six-month exams and dental cleanings aren’t necessary, but that’s not the case. And if you skip too many of these appointments, you may develop oral health problems that can cause discomfort and lead to the need for further treatment.
Why Preventive Dental Cleanings Are Essential
The American Dental Association recommends preventive cleaning appointments every six months for a reason. When you see your dentist periodically, he or she can monitor the health of your teeth and gums to keep an eye out for decay or gum disease.
Both can do a lot of damage long before you ever feel that first uncomfortable twinge of pain. Gum disease, in particular, can severely compromise the supporting structures of your teeth long before you know it exists.
But six-month check-ins with your Kalaheo dentists for dental cleanings and exams gives them the opportunity to catch gum disease in its earliest stages.
Prevention and Your Overall Wellness
Did you know that decades of research establish a connection between periodontal disease and your overall health and wellness? This research shows that an infection in your mouth (gum disease) can result in inflammation in parts of the body that contribute to:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pregnancy complications
And this is only a partial listing! Understanding this should make it a little easier for you to see why your dentist encourages dental cleanings in Kalaheo, and how keeping your mouth healthy can contribute to whole-body health.
Call Us to Schedule Your Dental Cleaning
We see the effects that skipping check-up and cleaning appointments can have on oral health, and we’d like to help you avoid them. If you're a new patient at our Kalaheo dental office, we'll set up a schedule of appointments and follow-ups to keep your oral health on track. Please call Kalaheo Dental Group to arrange a convenient dental appointment.