Cleaning your teeth at home is very important to your overall oral health. This includes making sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. However, even with regular home care, you probably are not getting your teeth and mouth as clean as they should be. Bacteria in your mouth leads to the build-up of plaque, which can cause some health problems if not removed. This is why, at Dental Innovations, we recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned once every six months.
When your teeth, gums, and mouth are not properly cleaned, you may experience a lot more than yellow teeth or bad breath. Some of the negative effects of poor oral hygiene can be much more serious. These may include:
- Cavities—When you don’t take care of your teeth, the decay leads to little holes in your teeth called cavities. Cavities are permanent and can lead to teeth loss, toothaches, and infections if not treated.
- Gum disease—The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Early stages are reversible with intense care and cleaning, but the advanced stage may lead to extreme gum decay and tooth loss.
- Heart disease—Bacteria from your mouth can travel all the way to your heart through the bloodstream, causing plaque to clog your arteries and decrease blood flow. This can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
- Diabetic Issues—If you have diabetes, it is extremely important to keep your teeth and mouth clean. The inflammation caused by gum disease can make it difficult to control your blood sugar, making symptoms even worse.
Many of these serious issues can be avoided if you take care of your teeth. Remember to brush and floss every day and to have your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year. Contact Dental Innovations to schedule your next teeth cleaning appointment!