As we age, everything about our physical and dental health ages, too. Keeping up with dental visits alongside good oral hygiene is crucial for your overall health.
- Preventing cavities
The plaque that builds up on your teeth throughout the day is the main cause of tooth decay. If plaque is left to sit on your teeth for long periods of time, acidic chemicals destroy the tooth enamel protecting your teeth.
It is advised to have a professional dental clean at least twice a year. However, brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will prevent plaque from eroding your tooth enamel and causing tooth cavities.
- Prevention from gum disease
Another substance that can only be properly removed by a dentist, tartar, is from the result of plaque build-up. If it is left to build up over time it can cause periodontal disease which will cause bleeding gums, sores and sometimes extreme pain while chewing food.
Gum disease affects the tissues surrounding your teeth that hold them in place. Periodontal disease is not just caused by poor oral hygiene, but can also be caused by smoking.
- Prevents bad breath
Bad breath is frustrating for anybody. Halitosis is caused by bad bacteria that live in your mouth. Brushing your teeth, only to have bad breath moments after, can be devastating.
Professional cleaning by your dentist can get rid of the stubborn bacteria lingering in your mouth. The dentist will also help you follow through on a strict oral hygiene routine to prevent the bad breath problems persisting.
- Brighten your smile
As you age, the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) thins, revealing the bone-like tissue called dentin that is yellow in colour. This is caused by wear and tear of our teeth by the food and drinks we consume.
Almost everything we drink and eat stains our teeth over time, so having a regular dental cleaning will help remove the stubborn stains, leaving you with a brighter smile.
- Save money
Visiting the dentist at least twice a year and keeping good oral hygiene will help prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues. Preventative care is much cheaper than reactive care.
Leaving plaque to grow on your teeth for over a year without a thorough clean from your dentist can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Taking care of your oral health is just as important as for the rest of your body. Get in touch with The Mall today for a full service! With appropriate care you will be showing off your clean pearly whites in no time.