Dental Exams & Cleanings
By now you probably know that to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums you need to prioritize regular brushing and flossing. What you might not realize, however, is the important role your oral health plays in protecting your overall health. Studies have found that individuals who suffer from tooth decay and gum disease have a higher risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases that include heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and even some forms of cancer. This makes improving your oral health one of the easiest and most effective ways of protecting your long-term health.
Practicing proper oral hygiene means making the commitment to brush and floss on a daily basis. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Combined, brushing and flossing help to eliminate harmful bacteria and lingering food particles from the surface of your teeth and gums before serious damage can be done. Failing to follow a daily oral hygiene regimen increases your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. Not only will your oral health suffer from not brushing and flossing, but so will your overall health as you increase your risk for the chronic diseases mentioned above.
Of course, brushing and flossing cannot always adequately clean the hard-to-reach places of your mouth, such as between teeth and below the gum line. By scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Sefcik and our staff of gentle dental hygienists, our team will remove bacteria from those areas while also checking for any early signs of gum disease or oral cancer. At Main Street Dental, we believe most patients should schedule a cleaning and exam once every six months. However, more frequent cleanings may be required depending on the current state of your oral health.
Don’t neglect your oral health by waiting until a problem develops before scheduling a visit to our Canon City family dentist office. Schedule your next dental cleaning and exam today!