Did you know that a healthy smile not only benefits your teeth and gums, but your heart as well? Along with your daily oral care–brushing and flossing your teeth and gums forming the foundation of a healthy smile, dental cleanings do what at-home care cannot do. No healthy smile is complete without the help of dental checkups and cleanings. These professional dental cleanings, which involve scaling hardened plaque, called tartar, off of your teeth and gum lines and rounding out your at-home regimen.
But a healthy mouth is not the only benefit; good oral care extends out to include your overall health and well-being as well. In fact, studies have linked dental cleanings to a healthy heart. One study showed that people who saw their dentist at least once every two years for professional scaling were 24% less likely to have a heart attack. Additionally, their risk of stroke dropped by 13%. Apparently, both gum disease and coronary heart disease involve inflammation, which is caused by bacterial exposure in the mouth that is not routinely removed, and chronic inflammation has been also linked to a hardening of the arteries.
Together with your diligent oral care at home, seeing your dentist to help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease will also help you stay healthy in other areas of your life. Your smile, and your heart, will thank you. Dental scaling, together with your daily efforts will hopefully combine to keep you healthy for years to come!
To schedule a visit with Dr. Ryan H. Wilson please call our Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry team in Farmington, New Mexico at (505) 327.0044 today.