Your Teeth Spring Cleaning

When springtime arrives, people begin to think about beach body season. But don’t overlook the importance of clean teeth as you start to prepare your body for summer. Families and individuals of all ages will benefit from getting their smile brightened up this spring.

No matter the age, it is important to take care of your teeth in order to keep them healthy for as long as possible. While you are spring cleaning your bathroom, check the condition of your toothbrush. If the bristles are broken, the toothbrush will be less effective no matter how much you brush each day. Regardless of the condition, if you have been using the same toothbrush for over three months, it will be an excellent time to toss it out and get a new one.

According to the American Dental Association, it is recommended that you create a dental care plan with your dentist that is tailored to your needs. If you have not gotten your annual checkup or if it has been a while since you had your teeth cleaned, make an appointment to do so. Not only will getting your teeth cleaned regularly keep your teeth white, but the dentist will be able to discover problems before they worsen and cause discomfort. These can include cavities that can easily be filled before a root canal, one of the most expensive dental procedures, is needed.

While most patients think of their dentist visits as getting their teeth cleaned or cavities filled, your dentist is doing so much more. Oral cancer is the sixth leading cancer in the world, and your dentist is trained to detect early signs by checking the tongue, cheeks, lips, sinuses, palate, and throat. Like any other form of cancer, early detection is important because oral cancer can be life threatening. Those most at risk for this type of cancer are smokers and those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol.

Another reason you should schedule a spring visit to the dentist if it’s been a while is the overall health of your body. According to researchers at John Hopkins University, germs that cause gum infections may trigger inflammation in patients who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. These germs overproduce proteins, causing immune symptom difficulties. Patients who suffer from inflammation of the gums, known as Gingivitis, have a higher risk of forming heart disease by twenty eight percent. The bacteria that causes Gingivitis can get into the blood stream that will lead to the heart, and this could cause a heart attack. According to a study done by the Dana Farber Institute, ther eare two types of bacteria that live in the mouth and cause gum disease that also cause pancreatic cancer.

While you may consider cosmetic procedures to improve your smile, some may improve the way the teeth function. Veneers are thin pieces of strong porcelain that fit over a misshapen tooth. It is the same shape as the original tooth, and the dentist uses the same shade as the surrounding teeth so it does not look out of place. Since it is as strong as its natural tooth, it can last many years if taken care of properly. A less expensive cosmetic option is bonding, which can be done when cavities need filled, chipped teeth need fixed, teeth need reshape or recolored, or the root needs extra protection. Not only is it more affordable than veneers, it is less time consuming at roughly an hour to complete. The disadvantage to bonding is that it can become discolored or stained, and since bondings are not durable, they crack easily. If the root is damaged along with the tooth, an implant may be considered as long as the overall health of the gums and bones is good. Since an implant replaces the root and is fused to the bone, it is the best replacement to a natural tooth. It blends in and provides a stable structure for the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are a more comfortable alternative to dentures. The disadvantages in dental implants are the high cost and lengthy healing time.

Giving your teeth a spring cleaning has a lot more to do with making sure your smile is not as brown as the sand on the beach. Having a clean mouth will improve your overall self esteem, and in some cases, it could save your life.

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