There are plenty of good reasons to see us for a cleaning and checkup at Harris Dental in Phoenix, and your dental health is at the top of the list. But “dental health” can be vague, so we’ll break it down into five very specific reasons to schedule a cleaning with us today:
1. Protect Your Gums
It’s not only extreme dental caries that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as harmful. 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 gets rid of the plaque before it can cause the gums to recede.
2. Prevent Cavities
Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can build up. We have many patients who are vigilant brushers but are surprised when our hygienist finds plaque on their teeth.
3. Check for Oral Cancer
The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this sobering news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year. Each checkup at Harris Dental include an oral cancer screening.
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 overlook their teeth. At Harris Dental, we’ve often wondered about this common disconnect. Did you know that there is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health? Besides, your lifestyle is dramatically influenced when you have tooth pain, tooth loss, gum disease, or dentures.
5. It May Be Free
Many dental insurance plans cover semiannual dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most affordable ways to keep ideal oral health.
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