Cleanings and Exams
On average, people end up losing 12 of their permanent teeth by the time they have turned 50, according to the National Institutes of Health. The top reasons for this alarming statistic are cavities and periodontal diseases as well as gingivitis.
Our teeth and gums are under constant attack from acid, bacteria, and viruses, which all pose health risks. However, it is the enamel-eroding bacteria that form colonies of sticky film on our teeth, known as plaque that can become a precursor for tooth ailments.
When the bacteria starts to consume sugar, they start to secrete acids, which if not removed, can result in the decay of enamel. This serves as a natural defense of our teeth and also give them their whiteness. Even with routine brushing and flossing at home, tartar can develop. At Enhance Family Dental, Brian Hill, DDS recommends periodic professional dental cleaning every 6 to 12 months, which is the best way to prevent tooth decay and disease.
What to Expect in a Basic Cleaning
What Happens If You Don’t Prioritize Oral Hygiene?
Some people believe that since they brush and floss their teeth regularly and do not indulge in bad dietary habits, they do not need annual dental cleanings. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Regular dental appointments at Enhance Family Dental can help you get rid of stubborn tartar as well as alert you of the potential tooth and gum diseases.
For those who do not exercise proper oral care, skipping dental visits will not just put them at risk for cavities, gum diseases, and eventual tooth loss, but it can also negatively affect their overall health. You may end up suffering from poor cardiovascular health, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature delivery in pregnant women, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Keeping the above risks in mind, do not forget to visit Enhance Family Dental for your annual and biannual exams and cleanings. You can schedule your cleaning appointment by calling us at (586) 666-4950.