1. Protect Your Gums
It’s not only acute dental cavities that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as detrimental. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning removes the plaque before it can cause the gums to pull back.
2. Prevent Cavities
Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can collect. We have many patients who are dutiful brushers but are surprised when our hygienist finds plaque on their teeth.
3. Check for Oral Cancer
The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this grave news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour – that’s 48,250 deaths a year.1
4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand
Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many men and women treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but miss their teeth. At David A. Rice, DDS, we’ve often wondered about this common disconnect. Did you know that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes appear to increase with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is completely affected when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.
5. It May Be Free
Many Illinois dental insurance plans cover biannual dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most affordable ways to keep optimal oral health.