July 8 2009 Newsletter
Ten Great Reasons Not to Dodge Your
Dental Cleaning Appointment!
Sure, regular cleanings with our office promote good oral
hygiene, but did you know they can also prevent a multitude of
diseases? That two o’clock chair-side rendezvous may not seem
nearly as exciting as a late lunch with a friend, but it will
be well worth it in the end. Here are 10 really great reasons
to stick with your regular cleaning schedule!
- It Prevents Oral Cancer. You may or may not
realize that you’re screened for oral cancer during your
regular dental cleaning. According to the Oral Cancer
Foundation, an American dies of oral cancer every hour of
every day. It’s a sad proposition, especially when you
consider that it is highly curable with early
- It Wards off Gum Disease. Gum disease (an
infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth
in place) is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.
It can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early.
Unfortunately, not receiving treatment will lead to a more
serious and advanced state of gum disease. Regular
cleanings and check-ups and daily brushing and flossing are
key weapons in the fight against these conditions.
- It’s about More than Your Mouth. Sure, not
getting regular check-ups may make you less kissable, but
did you know that studies have linked heart attacks and
strokes to gum disease associated with poor oral hygiene? A
trip to our office every six months could reduce your risk
of serious health problems.
- You Want to Preserve Your Smile. As mentioned,
gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in
adults. To keep your pearly whites intact, stick with your
- It’s Best to Detect Dental Problems Early. We’ve
already touched upon early detection of gum disease and
oral cancer, but don’t overlook more basic dental problems.
Cavities and broken fillings are easy to treat. Without
regular trips to the dentist, these problems can lead to
root canals, gum surgery and tooth extraction. Which sounds
worse: a 30-minute cleaning or an hour under the
- You Want to Know You’re Doing It Right. Maybe
you bought a fancy new electric toothbrush, or aren’t
keeping up with what current research has to say about
caring for your teeth. Either way, check-ups allow us to
examine your mouth and keep you on the right path.
- You Have Dental Insurance. Consider how much
money you put into your insurance plan. Take advantage of
it and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding
costly procedures that result from poor dental habits.
- You Want to Upgrade Your Smile. If you’re
already suffering from tooth decay or gum problems, regular
appointments will allow our office to create a personalized
treatment plan that will give you the best smile
- You Want to Dazzle. Regular cleanings remove
most tobacco, coffee and tea stains, polishing your teeth
to a beautiful shine!
- You Need Some Time Alone. Okay, maybe not
completely alone, but the time you spend in our waiting
room and in our chair is really your time. You can forget
about the office or the stresses of family life. Read a
magazine or work through a crossword if you want. Take
advantage of the time you’re given, rather than worrying
about how to fit it in your tight schedule. Your health and
well-being should never take a back seat to your daily