Teeth Cleaning TopekaDid You Know? Did you know that getting your teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis can leave you with more than a sparkling white smile and fresh breath? Ralph Sacco, MD, head of neurology at the University of Miami and past president of the American Heart Association (AHA) stated “Something as simple as having good dental hygiene — brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings — may be good for your heart and brain health.” In a large study, people who regularly had their teeth professionally cleaned (scaled) were 24% less likely to have a heart attack and their risk of stroke dropped by 13% compared with those who skipped having their teeth cleaned regularly.

8 Great Reasons To Have Your Teeth Cleaned

1. Regular teeth cleanings can prevent gum disease Gum (periodontal) disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque that adheres to your teeth. As plaque builds up on teeth, it hardens and becomes tartar, which can be difficult to remove. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation and gingivitis. If bacteria are not removed and the inflammation continues, the gum tissues can be destroyed and more advanced stages of gum disease may follow. 2. Regular teeth cleanings can help you to keep your teeth Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, regular dental exams and cleanings and brushing and flossing in between visits are vital to keeping your teeth. 3. Regular teeth cleanings can give you a brighter smile Drinking coffee, tea and other beverages can cause tooth staining. Certain medications also can discolor teeth. Teeth cleaning can often remove these external stains and your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. 4. Regular teeth cleanings can help prevent bad breath Persistent bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by such things as poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, a coating on the surface of the tongue, food stuck between teeth, unclean dentures, oral cancers, or throat infections. 5. Regular teeth cleanings can help maintain overall health As noted above, there is mounting evidence of a connection between a person’s oral and overall health. Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease. Although no causal relationships have been discovered, a dental cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. 6. Regular teeth cleanings can detect early oral cancer Contributing factors such as age, use of alcohol and tobacco are just a few of the reasons oral cancer is on the rise. During teeth cleaning, abnormalities can often be detected before they get too advanced. 7. Regular teeth cleanings can help make the most of your dental benefits Many dental plans now have low or no copayments for routine preventive care such as dental cleanings and checkups. Some dental plans may also have a “use it or lose it” clause for these low cost annual checkups and cleaning. 8. Regular teeth cleanings can help save you money You can save money in the long run by avoiding the more costly dental procedures that could have been avoided or prevented through regular cleaning and checkups. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.