If you’re a spring-cleaner, the time is now to get started! A good spring cleaning goes beyond cleaning out your closets, attic, and garage. This year include yourself in your cleaning purge and visit your dentist for a spring cleaning on your healthy smile. Failure to take care of your teeth can result in more serious health conditions with your teeth, gums, and overall health.
What happens when you skip a dental cleaning?
If you fail to visit the dentist every six months to a year, you risk becoming a sufferer of gum disease. Gum disease, an infection that is the leading cause of tooth loss, progresses below the gum line and can damage the bone and tissue of your teeth. Some symptoms of gum disease include red swollen gums and bleeding of the gums. Gum disease has even been linked to other serious health issues including heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and more.
Gingivitis is a less severe form of gum disease and most sufferers might not know they have it. It is caused by plaque buildup and tartar that grows along the gum line. As the tartar builds up, it’ll irritate the gums causing redness and bleeding.
While gum disease is still treatable, it could lead to more serious issues for your overall health. Bacteria found in the gum line can leave the oral cavity through the vascular network and make it to other parts of the body, including the heart.
Dentists are important to your dental health and if you skip an appointment, you could jeopardize it. When dental hygienists clean your teeth, they clean off tartar buildup and look out for changes occurring in your mouth. Schedule a spring cleaning for your healthy smile with Dr. Bruce Silva now.