Why Regular Hygiene Appointments Are So Important

When was the last time that you had a hygiene examination in our office? If it has been longer than 6 months, we encourage you to schedule an appointment today. You might think that a hygiene visit is so we can clean your teeth and check for tooth decay, and you are right. However, we do more than that. We also check for a disease that affects more than half of American adults. In fact, there is a good chance that it might be affecting you. Continue reading to learn about this popular disease and to see if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Treat Your Gums Right

When people think of keeping their teeth healthy, they sometimes neglect to consider the importance of gum health. In fact, periodontal disease, a.k.a. gum disease, can cause damage not just to your teeth and oral health, but also to your overall health by increasing your chances of some major health problems as well. Unfortunately, it’s a common problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to half of US adults aged 30 and older and 70% of those 65 and older have some stage of gum disease.

Genetics And Dental Health

Did you know that some dental health issues are passed down from one generation to the next? No matter how well you care for your teeth, you may be at higher risk for developing some dental conditions, such as tooth decay and gum disease, despite how well you brush and floss. That’s why it’s important to know your family’s dental health history, so you can stay on top of issues before they arise.

Health Connections

When we recommend visiting the dentist every three, four or six months, it isn’t just to maintain your oral health but your overall health as well. Poor dental hygiene or medical conditions can deteriorate your teeth and gums, but the problems don’t stop at your mouth. Gum disease has been linked to serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Before you skip brushing and flossing your teeth tonight before bed, consider the connections between your gums and the following health issues: