Why regular dental check-ups are important.

Posted by: Dr. Tim Struwig

Having your teeth cleaned and examined every 6 months offers many benefits not only to your appearance but your health as well.

Prevention of gum disease

The build-up of plaque can result in gum (periodontal) disease. Plaque also contains bacteria which can cause inflammation and irritate gums.Poor oral hygiene can result in advanced gum disease, which means supporting bone can be destroyed as plaque moves further into the roots of the teeth. When plaque is not removed, it becomes tartar which is impossible to remove with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque can lead to gum disease, so it’s important to take care of it before it gets out of hand.

Maintain good health

Studies in recent years have linked strokes and heart attacks to gum disease. Although the correlation between the two isn’t clear, regular teeth cleaning could potentially lessen your risk of having a stroke or developing heart disease.

A white smile

Having your teeth cleaned helps remove stains caused by coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and other products. Some medications can also cause teeth to become discoloured.

Save your teeth

Detecting cavities early helps save permanent teeth which may be lost if decay progresses too far.Check for plaque and tartar build-up. Examine your gums. Your gums can be a big indicator of your overall health, and potential gum disease. Your dentist will use a tool designed to measure the space between teeth and gums; spaces typically become deeper when gum disease is present.