Fall is the perfect time for a dental checkup, and if you have been neglecting your oral health, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Even if you brush twice and floss once each day, dental checkups are extremely important, especially if you want to keep your teeth for the rest of your life. Below are a few reasons why you shouldn’t neglect regular dental checkups.
The longer you put off seeing the dentist, the more susceptible you are to tooth decay. Regular checkups mean professional cleanings that will remove the plaque and tartar buildup. You can be meticulous when it comes to your teeth and gums, but without regular removal by your dentist or dental hygienist, the bacteria and the sticky plaque can wear away the enamel on your teeth making you more vulnerable to dental caries.
Without routine checkups and cleanings, you are at risk for cavities, but also gum disease. If plaque is allowed to accumulate, it can start penetrating your gum line infecting the soft tissue in your gums. Your body will attempt to fight the gum infection allowing your immune system to turn on you, destroying the gum tissue even further instead of healing your gums. Gingivitis is usually reversible, but if left untreated can turn into the more serious periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can eventually cause tooth loss if you do not have it taken care of.
The Mouth Body Connection
As well as cavities and gum disease skipping your regular dental checkup could increase your risk of heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Although studies are still being conducted, researchers have discovered that people who suffer from the above conditions have a higher percentage of periodontal disease as the bacteria enters your blood stream through your gums causing problems for your vital organs.
Seeing your dentist on a regular basis should be like car maintenance, and if you can’t remember the last time you saw yours for a checkup, call or click and schedule an appointment today. Your entire body really does depend on it. Call or click now.