Rarely does anybody ever ask a dentist why it’s important to brush your teeth and get regular cleanings and check ups. We think it’s because you’re all afraid of having to sit through a lecture that’s about as exciting as, well, getting your teeth cleaned. We get it.
What may surprise you, however, is that failing to heed our advice on proper dental care can actually have some pretty horrible consequences. Here are just a few reasons why all of us should make regular dental care a priority:
1. Bad breath stinks. Estimates vary, but between 70 and 85% of halitosis cases (chronic bad breath) stem from some dental-care related issue. We all know “that guy” or “that gal” with the bad breath and if we’re not taking proper care of our teeth, “that person” could end up being you.
2. Healthy smiles create a better impression. Get it? An impression? Of your bite… oh never mind. But seriously, studies have shown that the general public perceives that a healthy smile is an accurate indicator of your intelligence, success and potential for dating and, well, you get the picture. Take care of your smile and your smile will take care of you.
3. Cancer sucks. One of the things we check for at every cleaning is oral cancer, which is very treatable when caught early. Waiting two years between cleanings doesn’t just mean that you’ll look like Austin Powers (Google it if you’re under 25), it also means that you’re reducing our opportunity for “early detection” by a factor of four. Come in, get your teeth cleaned, get a clean bill of health and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.
4. Gum disease is no picnic either. The leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease, which is an infection of the tissue that connects your teeth to your bones. We could go on all day about why gum disease is bad, but seriously, just think about what you’d look like without teeth. Sound good to you? No? Great. Because it’s preventable. Brush at least twice a day, floss, and come in to see us every six months for a check up.
5. Bad teeth have been linked to major health issues. There are now medical studies that have drawn a link between poor oral health care and strokes, cancer, heart disease and dementia. We don’t know about you, but these are all pretty bad in our book.
Chicago is largely an educated town and the bulk of the population has heard that taking care of their teeth is important, but they may not have been told exactly why. If you’ve got a friend, family member or co-worker who should see this information, or see one of our talented dental hygienists, please share this with them.