It’s no secret that regular checkups can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. And there’s nothing quite like the refreshing feeling of having your teeth cleaned. Still, few people realize that good oral health is also good for your health overall.
Here are some reasons to visit us twice a year:
Oral cancer detection. One of the most important aspects of a checkup is the oral exam. We’ll check your lower jaw and under your chin by sight and touch, looking for growths, legions or discolorations that could be early signs of cancer. Dental checkups are the first line of defense for oral cancer.
Reduced risk of some illnesses. Gum disease (periodontitis) damages teeth and causes mouth pain, but studies have shown it can also lead to an increased risk for certain illnesses, some types of cancer, heart problems, stroke and diabetes. Gum disease strains the immune system which makes the body more susceptible to chronic conditions. Regular checkups and cleanings can help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Increased confidence. This may be one of the most overlooked benefits of regular checkups and cleanings. A nice smile and fresh breath impact a person’s self-esteem because of the impression they make on others. An attractive smile is a great confidence-builder.
What can you do at home to take care of your teeth and gums?
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush using fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush at least every three months, or more frequently if it appears worn.
- Floss daily.
- Use mouthwash or a rinse (we can help you select one that’s best for you) to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
Do you need an appointment? Are you concerned about a dental issue? Call us at (973) 669-0500 or visit our website to learn how we can help you. After all, a healthy smile is just the start!