Many people treat their body as a temple, but some may forget that includes your mouth! Bad treatment of your mouth can affect the rest of your body and cause disease, and poor oral health is often an indicator of disease.
Teeth cleanings are necessary to help prevent tooth decay and loss, and as mentioned, also help in preventing diseases such as heart disease, dementia and complications of diabetes.
It’s important to always remember that we use our mouths and teeth every day, from talking to others (and laughing at your co-worker’s dad jokes), to eating throughout the day. The mouth is a mechanism at work, so special care is vital.
Cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist at a dental office. The dental hygienist uses specialized medical tools such as handheld and ultrasonic scrapers to clear plaque and tartar buildup off of teeth and all around your gum area. While you’re with your doctor, you can ask any questions you have about your oral health. The doctor and hygienist work as a team to check the health of your mouth, such as looking for signs of gum disease. Stages range from type 1 to 4 (gingivitis to periodontitis), and you stand a better chance of catching it in an early stage if you come for checkups and cleanings regularly.
Whether or not you are at risk of gum disease, oral hygiene is critical to your mouth’s health, even at home. It is easier to prevent then to get rid of any issues that may appear. Make sure you brush your teeth and floss between meals or at least twice a day. Make an appointment with your dentist every six months to prevent oral disease and tooth decay, and to maintain your joyful smile.Movie All Is Lost (2013)