Your alarm goes off and immediately your mind starts to review your schedule for the day. Meetings and a dental appointment are on your agenda. Why do dental appointments always fall during your busiest time at work? Perhaps you should cancel, you just don’t have time for the dentist today. Wait! Before you cancel that appointment, here’s why your routine visits with your dentist in San Ramon are so important.
Prevention is the Key to Optimum Oral Health
Many people feel that they don’t need to visit the dentist until something is wrong or their teeth hurt. The problem with this philosophy is that by the time your teeth hurt, typically the damage has been done. Dentistry is all about prevention, and routine cleaning and checkups are the key to preventing many dental issues from happening in the first place.
When you come for your checkup, Dr. Deol will screen you for dental issues such as oral cancer, tooth decay, and gum disease. These concerns are much easier to treat with less invasive treatment procedures when they’re detected early on.
Your hygienist will clean your teeth and remove the excessive plaque buildup that causes issues like cavities and gum disease. We’ll also spend time educating you about your oral health and the proper brushing techniques to use to make the most of your oral care at home.
The Oral Systemic Connection
Thanks to many studies, we now understand that oral health and overall health are directly related. The bacteria that causes periodontal (gum) disease can also contribute to other health concerns in the body such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and vice versa. This is known as the oral systemic connection. By being vigilant about your oral health, you are also taking good care of your overall health and well being.
What is Gum Disease?
When excessive plaque buildup causes your gums to separate from your teeth, it allows harmful bacteria below the gum line, which causes an infection of the soft tissue and bone that surround your teeth. This infection is known as gum disease.
It’s this bacteria that enters the bloodstream and travels to other areas of the body contributing to other health issues. If gum disease is left untreated, it will eventually destroy the support system for your teeth and lead to tooth loss.
Protect Your Oral Health
By seeing you every six-months, your family dentist in San Ramon can help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.