December 18, 2016
Your routine dental checkup and cleaning appointment may sometimes feel like nuisance. After all, you have to take time out of your busy day and disrupt your schedule to go. Is it really that important to go twice per year? Wouldn’t once be enough? The answer is no, and your Lincoln dentist discusses why it’s important to have cleanings every 6 months.
Periodontal Health and Your Overall Health
We’re learning more from emerging studies about how periodontal health is directly related to overall health and well being. It seems that the bacteria that causes periodontal (gum) disease can also contribute to the inflammation that causes other serious health concerns in the body such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and vice versa. Taking good care of your oral health also means taking good care of your overall health and well being.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease occurs when excessive plaque and tartar buildup cause your gums to separate from your teeth allowing harmful bacteria below the gum line. This bacteria causes an infection of the foundation for your teeth, which is your gum tissue and bone. If left untreated, the infection will eventually destroy your bone and soft tissue eliminating the support system for your teeth and causing tooth loss.
Prevention is the Key to Optimum Oral Health
There are a number of important things that take place during your routine dental appointment. First, our hygienists will remove the excess plaque from your teeth that contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. They’ll also take the time to show you how to brush and floss properly so you can make the most of your home care routine.
Next, our doctors will screen you for oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. All of these conditions can be most successfully treated with the least invasive treatment procedures if detected early on. At Vacek Family Dentistry, we understand that prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your oral health.
Contact Vacek Family Dentistry
Dr. Vacek and Dr. Gufford understand that they have a partnership with you. Optimum oral health begins at home and is a team effort with regular visits to your dentist. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy smile for a lifetime. Regular visits to Vacek Family Dentistry ensure that you also maintain your overall health.
Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.
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