More Than Just a Smile
Tooth decay has been affecting more Americans by the time adults turn 65. It is also the most chronic childhood disease in America. The condition of your teeth and gums can significantly affect your overall health. You may already be aware that without proper care, your mouth can develop oral infections, tooth decay and gum disease.
- Decreasing tooth decay can prevent gum disease, which is linked to cardiovascular disease, endocarditis, strokes and heart attacks.
- With regular dental check-ups, you can ensure early detection of oral cancer. Doing so will increase your chance of surviving a disease that claims the life of one person every hour.
- With healthy gums, you can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer in men.
- When pregnant, it’s important to maintain a healthy mouth as gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. Good oral health can also significantly reduce the chance of developing gestational diabetes.
- Studies show how regular dental care can improve blood sugar levels and control of diabetes. Gum disease is also more frequent among those with diabetes.
Regular dentist visits for exams and professional cleanings are a crucial part of dental maintenance. Luckily, at Dental Select, we’ve got your back. We all know that he best way to take care of your teeth is proper maintenance, and Dental Select’s dental plans cover more than preventative costs, which include two professional cleanings each year, as well as exams.
Children’s Dental Health
The sooner children begin regular dental check-ups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. See some of our commonly asked questions regarding children’s dental health here.
How to Brush Your Teeth
Proper brushing is done at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently brush back and forth, covering all surfaces, for at least two minutes.
Value in a Dental Plan
Dental care can be problematic to your health and also costly if not taken care of. With a Dental Select plan, we make care affordable, so that you can have a well-established Dental care plan to protect yourself for the years to come.
Many adults are at risk for a number of health problems, including: heart, disease, diabetes, mouth cancer, pneumonia and stroke. Understanding the connection between dental hygiene and overall health is the first crucial step to protecting yourself from these conditions.
With proper care and regular check-ups, your teeth can last a lifetime. No matter your age, it is never too late to start caring for your oral health.
Why Visit a Dentist?
When it comes to dental appointments, a common mistake is waiting too long. Many people simply wait until their teeth are bothering them – when in fact, even if your teeth aren’t bothering you, a visit to the dentist is still important. During a dental exam, your dentist will check for signs of tooth decay and oral cancer, examining your tongue, glands and the inside of your mouth. The dentist also checks your bite and looks for problems such as teeth grinding and disorders of the jaw joint. During your cleaning, the dental hygienist will thoroughly remove the plaque left after you brush and floss. In short, if you feel like a checkup is too time consuming or difficult to fit in your schedule, it may end up costing you more in the long run.