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Editorial Library Category: General Business | Dental | General Dentistry Topics: Dental Cleaning Title: Why You Need Dental Cleaning Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: Not taking care of your own teeth can also lead to serious, and even deadly, health problems. Read on to see just what good things you can accomplish if you take time to see your dentist twice a year for a checkup and dental cleaning. Editorial: Why You Need Dental Cleaning 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 The Case for Dental Care Not taking care of your teeth can also lead to serious, and even deadly, health problems. Read on to see just what good things you can accomplish if you take the time to see your dentist twice a year for a checkup and dental cleaning. You Can Catch Oral Cancer Early The Oral Cancer Foundation has said that one person dies of oral cancer every hour. That works out to 8,760 people every year. (Tobacco users represent a staggering 70-80% of those who are diagnosed.) Your dentist may not mention screening you, but if you have it and the dentist catches it early, the cure rate is close to 75%. You Can Prevent Your Gums from Becoming Sore and Infected If your gums are infected, you may suffer some bone loss around your teeth, and you may lose some teeth. It’s cute when an eight-year-old has that classic, toothless grin while waiting for the adult teeth to grow in. It’s not so cute to lose teeth later on. So, stack the odds in your favor: Get dental cleanings. Have regular checkups. Floss daily. Brush; ideally, every time you eat. If you can’t manage that, aim for at least twice a day. Use some antibacterial mouthwash on a regular basis. You Can Prevent Heart Problems Doctors have established a connection between gum disease, heart disease, and strokes. They don’t completely understand the link, but current thinking is that when you have gum disease, you also have extra bacteria in your mouth. Those bacteria don’t just stay in your mouth; they move to other parts of your body. Visits to the Dentist will be More Pleasant If the dentist finds small cavities, early evidence of gum disease, and recently broken fillings, it’s not a big deal to take care of them. Later on, however, you might be looking at root canals, surgery on your gums, and lost teeth. Not only are these conditions much more difficult, they’re also more expensive. You are better off just getting the care you need as early as possible. Your Dental Hygienist Can Coach You on Good Oral Care Talking regularly to your dental hygienist can keep you on track when it comes to taking care of your teeth. It’s a little like having a coach. If you aren’t doing a good job brushing or flossing, the hygienist will see that and can give you some pointers on how to do a better job. If your gums have gotten healthier, the hygienist can tell you that, too. It’s good to receive encouragement and feedback about how your teeth are doing. You Can Figure Out How to Pay for Your Care If you are fortunate enough to have insurance, there’s a good chance it covers most or all of the cost for checking and cleaning your teeth every six months. If you don’t have insurance, or if the cost of what needs to be done is more than the money you have to pay for it, the dentist will probably be happy to work with you to figure out the finances. The goal is to keep your teeth healthy. Let the dentist work with you to achieve that goal. If you don’t have the cash, but you are willing to discuss the options, you can probably figure out a way to pay for the help you need. You Can Have a Bright Smile and Sweet Breath As you age, chances are your teeth may become stained. The dentist can help you with that. And if you have a problem with bad breath, 85% of the time the problem has to do with your oral hygiene. Take good care of your mouth, and it will probably smell better, too. Isn’t that worth a little effort?
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