Preventive dentistry is the key to avoiding many costly and invasive dental issues, and regular dental checkups and cleanings are able to help do just that. It’s important to attend these routine visits not only to maintain your oral health, but also your overall health and wellbeing. Here’s why you should see your dentist regularly for dental checkups and teeth cleanings in Glastonbury, CT.
We now understand that your oral health is directly related to your overall health and well being thanks to emerging studies linking periodontal (gum) disease with other health concerns in the body. We’ve learned that the same bacteria that causes gum disease can also contribute to the inflammation that causes other issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and vice versa. This is why maintaining your oral health has never been more important.
Gum disease occurs when excess plaque buildup causes an infection of your soft tissue and jawbone. It’s hard to detect on your own, as there are not many symptoms or much pain associated with it in the beginning, and this is why your routine checkups are so critical. Gum disease that’s left untreated may result in damage to your soft tissues, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.
For most patients, a six-month cleaning and checkup routine is sufficient to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Patients who are struggling to manage gum disease will need additional cleanings throughout the year to ensure that their condition is under control. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, however, with regular visits to your dentist in Glastonbury we can help you successfully manage your condition.
There are a few important things that happen during your routine dental visits. First, our hygienist will take the time to clean your teeth and remove the plaque buildup that causes issues like tooth decay and gum disease. We’ll also show you the proper brushing techniques you can use to improve your brushing and flossing routine at home.
Next, our doctors will screen you for dental issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and oral cancer at every checkup. Early detection of these conditions gives you a better opportunity to treat them with less invasive and costly procedures. Dr. Heim and Dr. Carroll are your partners in helping you achieve and maintain optimum oral health and overall wellness.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning or checkup, be sure to call us today.