There are many reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned here in San Diego, or wherever you may live. Here are five of them from your friends at Marcos Ortega DDS, where we practice general and cosmetic dentistry.
1. Protect Your Gums
It’s not only cavities 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 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 accumulate. 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 alarming news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour. That works out to 48,250 deaths a year.1
4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand
Don’t think of your mouth as separate from the rest of the body. Some people get regular wellness checks, but overlook their teeth. At Marcos Ortega DDS, we’ve often wondered about this 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?
5. It May Be Free
Many California dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most economical ways to maintain optimal oral health.
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