Some people avoid going to the dentist for long periods of time, or even their entire lives. It’s true that seeing a dentist and getting regular tooth cleaning is essential for a nice smile and white, even teeth, but there are a variety of other reasons to get it done that might not seem so obvious at first. Here are some of those reasons, and once you hear them, you’ll probably be more inclined to see your local dentist Newport Beach.
Cavities Are More Than Just A Pain
Everyone knows that when you allow a cavity to go untreated, it can be painful. Getting a cavity taken care of expediently is a good thing because it alleviates that pain, but more than that, cavities can cause infection. That’s more serious than just a little pain: infections in the mouth can spread to the bloodstream, which can lead to septicemia in extreme cases. Septicemia is a serious condition, even a life-threatening one. Infections in the mouth or elsewhere can cause it, so you should avoid them whenever possible. Early detection and treatment of cavities is the answer.
Gingivitis is a kind of gum disease, and more than likely you’ve seen a few commercials in your life for types of toothpaste that boast of their power to fight it. It’s not just some annoying pest, though. Gingivitis can lead to the loss of your teeth if you allow it to grow and spread. If not treated, it can also lead to periodontal disease. This is where tartar grows on the gum line and underneath it. Eventually the gums and bone are destroyed, and since those are the anchors of your teeth, loss of those teeth is then almost inevitable. Losing your teeth makes it tough to eat many foods, and having a smile with several teeth missing isn’t a good look at any age.
Heart Attack and Stroke
Each time you have your teeth professionally cleaned and scraped, you reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This is because you’re more susceptible to both if your gums are often inflamed. With regular cleanings, bacteria that causes inflammation is reduced. Throughout the body, blood vessel function is improved. Inflammation has been linked to many sorts of harmful conditions in the body, so avoiding it is of great benefit to humans.
As you can see, there’s many reasons to get regular tooth cleaning. If you haven’t been getting those pearly whites cleaned and scraped every six months, give us a call. We’ll be glad to arrange an appointment, and you’ll feel so much better when it’s finished.