You look in the mirror and you see that the over-the-counter teeth whitening products you purchased are not working as well as you had hoped. You are disappointed, but you had a coupon for some whitening strips and decided to give them a try. You also thought that maybe if you enhanced your teeth’s appearance, you could hold off on making an appointment with the dentist, which you haven’t seen in ten years. That is until your not-so-white white teeth start to throb, and your gums start to get inflamed because you have neglected professional teeth cleanings and regular dental checkups since the turn of the century.
The fact of the matter is that the health of your teeth and how well they appear are completely unrelated, and to some extent this can create a false sense of security that your teeth are in really good shape, when they are not. Neglecting to see the dentist for regular dental care based on appearances only can lead you down the dark road to gum disease and other oral health issues including cavities and abscessed teeth.
Additionally, even if your teeth are cavity-free, Periodontal disease (gum disease) could possibly be lurking above your pearly whites and destroying your gums, which could eventually lead to tooth loss. So it is very important to have a dentist check for gum disease even if your teeth and look good and feel all right on the surface.
Another reason to have teeth your gums checked on a regular basis, is that recent studies have indicated that there is growing evidence of a link between gum disease and your overall health. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the inflammation in your mouth is directly correlated to the inflammation in your body, and treating gum disease can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation and also reduce the need for insulin if you are a diabetic. So your gum’s health is even more important than you may have once thought!
In order to help prevent gum disease, brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day to remove tartar build up. Additionally, have your teeth checked and professionally cleaned twice per year by your dentist because only your dentist can reduce the hard plaque on your teeth that causes inflammation in your gums, which could lead to gum disease.
So with the New Year upon us, it’s a great time to get back on track with your oral health by scheduling an exam and teeth cleaning today with Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist, Dr. Andrew Hall. His office offers the highest quality of general dental care from cleanings to dentures. Once your teeth and gums are healthy, Dr. Hall can also help you get the smile you always wanted through cosmetic dentistry including professional teeth bleaching products. That way you are guaranteed to get you the results you were looking for from the very start! Contact us today.