Why Regular Dental Visits Matter

So you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you might be thinking, who cares, it’s my teeth, it won’t kill me! YOUR WRONG! Recent medical research has led to a shocking conclusion. Gum disease and inflammation in the mouth are directly linked to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The American Dental Association has estimated that 8 out of 10 American have periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can move through the bloodstream and directly to your heart.

Our mouths create mineral buildup, which feeds bacteria and toxins. This calculus buildup can cause inflammation and infection in our gums that we do not even feel until too late. You might be asking yourself, “How do I know if I suffer from gum disease?” There are many possible symptoms of periodontal disease. These include, but are not limited to, bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, swelling, change in the appearance of tissue, and bad taste in the mouth. Advanced periodontal disease can cause loosening of the teeth, pain, and discomfort. 

People sometimes assume that you only need to see a dentist when you have a toothache, but that is not true. We will hear other people say, “I don’t need to get a dental cleaning from an office; I clean my teeth just fine at home.” Unfortunately, even Dentists and Dental Hygienists need to get a professional and thorough cleaning every six months to keep their teeth. Not coming for regular dental cleanings can cause these infections, leading to tooth loss. Gum disease, better known as gingivitis or periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. 

Every six months, you should see a dental health professional to keep your mouth healthy and clean. During this bi-annual visit, your dentist will perform an oral cancer evaluation and take yearly x-rays to check for cavities and measurements to evaluate the health of the bone and gums surrounding your teeth. The Oral Cancer Foundation states, “Approximately 54,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. One hundred thirty-two new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365, will die from it.” Diagnosis and risk evaluation is essential to prevent and treat oral cancer early. 

Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist will reduce inflammation in your body, screen for potentially dangerous conditions such as cancer, and help you live a longer, healthier life. If you need a new dental family, call our office at 708-532-4131.

Dr. Bohdanna Czerniak is certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and, as a dentist, is familiar with facial anatomy, and oral and perioral areas. We offer complimentary Botox consultations so you can find out how Dr. Czerniak can help you achieve excellent results to help boost the beauty of your smile. North Creek Dental Care is located at 18425 West Creek Drive in Tinley Park; (708) 532-4131.
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