It’s time for your dental cleaning and checkup. For some people it’s hard to take time out of their busy schedules to go to the dentist, and you may wonder if it’s really even necessary to visit every six months. Wouldn’t once a year be enough? The answer is no – once a year is not enough, and here’s why. We now understand that there is a link between oral health and overall health, and it’s never been more important to take care of your teeth and mouth. Dr. Hazim Sadeddin and his team will discuss why it’s so important to see your dentist in Arlington every 6 months.
Periodontal Disease and Your Health
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues and bone that surround your teeth. It happens when plaque and tartar cause your gums to separate from your teeth and build up below your gum line. Once the bacteria gets beneath your gums, it can actually enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body where it contributes to other health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
For this reason, it’s very important to be proactive about your oral health and visit your dentist every six months or twice per year. At Westover Dentistry, we’ll screen you for gum disease at your regular cleaning and checkups, and believe it or not, we can detect periodontal disease much earlier than you can. This is because there’s not a lot of pain, or very many symptoms associated with it at first.
The first stage of gum disease is know as gingivitis, and in this stage you may notice that your gums are red and swollen, or that they bleed when you brush your teeth. Chronic bad breath is also a sign of gum disease. In this stage we can help you manage your condition with a thorough professional cleaning, and improvements to your home care routine. Many patients are successfully able to reverse gum disease in this stage.
This is the advanced stage of gum disease, where the infection begins to destroy your bone, putting you at risk for tooth loss. This stage requires a deeper cleaning that reaches below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar build up. While there is no cure for gum disease, our team can help you successfully manage your condition with additional cleanings and periodontal therapy throughout the year.
We also screen for other concerns such as oral cancer and tooth decay at your six month visits. Like gum disease, these issues are also better treated when detected early on. Dr. Sadeddin believes that prevention is truly the key to optimum oral health. We encourage you to give us a call at (703) 495-2247, or request an appointment online today.