For your teeth to remain healthy, it’s imperative to see the dentist regularly, and this is easy to do when you attend your bi-annual teeth cleaning appointments.
At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Kami Kohani provides comprehensive dental care for individuals living or visiting San Diego, CA.
Clean Teeth and Gums = Better Health
When you skip your dental cleaning appointments, you can allow bacteria to grow unchecked on your teeth and gums, leading to gum disease, which is closely linked to your overall health.
Bacteria from your teeth can easily spread below the gums and into the blood vessels under your teeth to other areas of the body.
Having your teeth cleaned every six months allows the dental hygienist to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth and check to see if this bacteria-filled build-up has reached below your gum line. This is common and requires a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to prevent an early form of gum disease from progressing to severe periodontitis.
Your smile is worth protecting, but an established link between your overall well-being and the health of your gums makes taking care of your teeth essential. The following illnesses can be triggered or worsened by oral bacteria that have traveled outside of the mouth into the bloodstream:
- Heart and lung disease
- Premature delivery and low birth weight
Dental Cleaning Appointments Are an Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss
Having your teeth cleaned every six months is an excellent way to learn about your oral health. The dental hygienist can alert Dr. Kohani to any visible indication of gum disease, and if you are due for x-rays, we can catch any emerging issues. When cavities are treated early, there is little chance that you will need a root canal or extraction.
If you are not due for x-rays yet but during your cleaning appointment, our team finds any issues, or you experience pain, we will take emergency radiographs for diagnostic purposes and create a personalized treatment plan to ensure your smile is a healthy one.