Don’t Miss Your Six-Month Checkup With Your Dentist in Arlington

May 26, 2017

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Woman in dental chair smiling at Arlington dentistRoutine dental appointments sometimes sneak up on you, and you’ve just discovered that you have one scheduled on your busiest workday. How will you ever fit this appointment into your hectic schedule? Your teeth don’t even hurt! Frustrated, you reach for the phone to contact your dentist in Arlington, but before you call to cancel your appointment, here are some things you should consider.

The Oral Systemic Connection

With an understanding of how periodontal health affects your overall health, we can tell you that it’s never been more important to take care of your oral health. We now know that the bacteria that causes periodontal (gum) disease, can also contribute to the inflammation responsible for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and vice versa. Maintaining your oral health also promotes good overall health.

What is Periodontal Disease?

When plaque is not properly removed each day with brushing and flossing, it builds up and can cause your gums to separate from your teeth, which also allows harmful bacteria below your gum line. This bacteria eventually causes an infection of your soft tissues and bone. The bacteria can also get into your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. If gum disease is left untreated, it will eventually destroy your bone, eliminating the support system for your teeth and causing tooth loss.

Your First Line of Defense

Your six-month cleaning and checkup are truly your best defense against issues such as gum disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and cavities. This is because we screen for these conditions at every checkup, and believe it or not, Dr. Gray can detect these concerns much earlier than you would even notice them. This is because there are often no symptoms or pain associated with these issues at first.

Our hygienist will take the time to remove the bacteria and plaque build up that causes these issues. They will also take the time to discuss and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques that you can use at home to maximize your home care routine.

Schedule Your Next Appointment

Now that you understand how important it is to maintain your oral health, and how we can help you do that, you’ll want to be sure to keep that appointment you have scheduled. If it’s time for you to schedule your next routine visit, call your family dentist in Arlington today.