Skip Your Dental Cleaning And You Are Skipping Health Benefits

Skipping your regular dental cleaning means skipping out on several things that will benefit your overall health. Most of us go to the dentist at least once a year. A survey by the Centers for Disease control found that 71% of women had their teeth cleaned in 2008. That still leaves about 30% of women not getting regular care and women typically visit the dentist more often than men.

By living with fuzzy teeth and not making your regular dental hygiene appointment you are also missing:

  • Oral cancer screening is a part of every appointment. We look for discolorations, swollen or ulcerated areas or anything out of the ordinary. Early diagnosis and treatment equals very high cure rates.
  • Heart disease is not caused by gum disease but the two are closely linked. A study from Berkeley found that women who got dental care reduced their risk of heart disease by one-third.
  • Nutritional problems often show up in the mouth. For example, a pale colored tongue can be a sign of an iron deficiency.
  • Diabetes and gum health are closely related. Having diabetes increases the risk of gum disease and having gum disease makes it harder to control your blood sugar. Your dentist should be an integral part of your healthcare team when it comes to fighting diabetes so remember to keep them informed about any changes in your condition.

Almost everything that can go wrong with your dental health is more easily, and more cheaply treated when detected early. If dental anxiety or fear is making you skip preventative care then sedation dentistry might be the answer. Please let us know if you experience dental anxiety and we can work with you to make your visit as relaxing and anxiety-free as possible.

Please contact Rothfus Family Dental in Medford, OR today at 541-858-7994 to schedule your next dental hygiene appointment. Your oral health and overall health are important, don’t delay.