Going to your six-month dental checkups can sometimes feel like a nuisance. It takes precious time out of your already hectic day, and you wonder why you need to do this twice per year. Wouldn't once be enough?
The answer is a resounding no – and your dentist in Vienna, VA will tell you why.
The Oral Systemic Connection
As more studies emerge about the relationship between periodontal health, overall health, and well-being, we understand how periodontal (gum) disease can contribute to issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and vice versa.
This is known as the oral systemic connection. It tells us that there's never been a more important time to take charge of your oral health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease occurs when excessive plaque buildup separates your gums from your teeth and allows harmful bacteria below the gum line. This bacteria causes an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth. Eventually, this can lead to tooth loss if not treated. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. As half of them suffer from gum disease in some form.
Your Six-Month Checkup
Routine visits to your dentist and hygienist are your best defense against issues such as gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay because we screen for them at every checkup. Your hygienist also removes the excess plaque that causes these conditions during your cleaning appointment.
Optimum oral health also begins at home, so we'll take the time to educate you about your oral health so you can make the most of your home care routine.
At Tysons Dentistry, we're your partners in helping you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. If you should find yourself facing gum disease, we're well equipped to help you effectively manage your condition.
We encourage you to call us today to schedule your next appointment!