It is said that your eyes are the windows to your soul. And, if you look at the cleanliness of someone’s house, you’ll have a pretty good idea of his or her state of mind. Whereas these are more “old sayings” than factual truths, it has been scientifically proven that getting a dental exam every six months will provide powerful insight into the state of your overall health.
And, a regular exam can potentially head off serious, life-threatening issues, too.
In fact, the Mayo Clinic says that, “Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care.”
At Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, one of the very first questions they ask heart valve replacement patients is, “When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned?” Next statement from the doctor is, “You will get your teeth cleaned again before surgery.”
While no direct connection between gum disease causing heart disease has been definitively made, periodontal disease (gum disease) can certainly be a marker of diabetes and/or heart disease. If your mouth is infected and you brush and floss daily, something is wrong. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, going in for a check up and getting a thorough cleaning followed by improved home care may help reduce the infection.
And, it’s always good to get a friendly reminder about the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums. Plus, regular dental exams are one way to detect oral cancer, should it occur.
Yet one more important reason for regular dental exams every six months is peace of mind; once your oral health is in check you could work on getting that gorgeous white smile you’ve always wanted! Remember, putting off today what you’ll do tomorrow won’t solve anything today and may make tomorrow worse!
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