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We all know how important it is to take care of your teeth, but sometimes it can be hard to remember that regular dental cleanings are just as important as flossing and brushing. The truth is that if you do not get regular check-ups and cleanings, you are putting yourself at risk for tooth loss, cavities, gum disease, and even more severe health problems. Let's look at what dental cleanings do for your oral hygiene!

Stop Tooth Loss

Your gums are a window into the health of your mouth. If they're healthy and pink, there's a good chance that the rest of your mouth is in good shape, too; if they're inflamed and red or even bleeding slightly at the gumline, it's a sign that something is wrong—and it could be as simple as not brushing correctly or flossing regularly enough. Scheduling a regular appointment with your dentist is a great way to check your oral health. Your dentist will be able to notice if anything is of concern in your mouth, such as tooth loss. If your dentist sees tooth loss, he can help you replace them as fast as possible and recommend better oral hygiene habits to prevent any other teeth from being lost.

Stop Cavities

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in America today—we've all heard about it at some point, but did you know that it's also one of the easiest things to prevent? It starts with maintaining good oral hygiene habits like brushing at least twice daily with fluoride-containing toothpaste and flossing once after every meal. On top of daily routines, visiting your dentist is vital to prevent cavities. Dentists will be able to scrape off any plaque in hard-to-reach places and conduct a deep cleaning with fluoride to stop any chance of cavities sneaking into your mouth.

Stop Gum Disease

A big reason why you should have a dental cleaning every six months is to prevent gum disease. Plaque can build up on your teeth when you do not get regular cleanings. The bacteria in the plaque will eat away at the soft tissue in your gums, causing them to recede from your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss and make it difficult for you to chew food properly. Gum disease can also lead to other serious problems such as heart disease and diabetes because it increases inflammation in the body, known as chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked with many diseases, such as Alzheimer's and cancer, because it affects the immune system by causing white blood cells to release dangerous chemicals that damage healthy tissue throughout the body.

Help Your Overall Health

Believe it or not, the health of your teeth and gums also influences the rest of your body's health. If you neglect check-ups at the dentist, it could affect the roots of your teeth near your sinus and brain cavities. Tooth infections can also cause unwanted pain and further profound health implications down the road!

Make That Call

So what does this mean for you? It means that if you want to keep your mouth healthy and strong—and avoid expensive medical procedures in the future—it's time to start scheduling regular cleanings with us! We recommend starting every six months if possible; however, consult a dentist to see what works best for your lifestyle. In between visits, make sure you are flossing and brushing every day. It will help to improve your oral health overall!

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Merrick, NY