4 Good Reasons For Women To Visit Their DentistFriday, May 11th, 2012, 7:37 pm
Do you need more reasons to visit your dentist? According to the Centers for Disease control only 71.4 percent of women over the age of 18 had their teeth cleaned during 2008. I imagine the statistics stay about the same year after year. This means that almost 30% of women skipped their dental visit and the health check that comes along with it.
The reasons people skip making appointments usually include anxiety or finances. Neither of these should be a reason for avoiding cleanings and checkups.
Over the long run patients who maintain regularly scheduled care typically have lower dental care costs because problems are discovered when they are small and easily, and more cheaply, resolved.
Dental anxiety or fear can be avoided through the use of sedation dentistry. Who knows – you may discover that a dental visit isn’t that bad after all!
Your regular dental hygiene visit can do more for your health than keep your gums in shape. Non-dental related health issues can also be spotted during your checkup. Here are 4 of the most common:
- Heart disease – Women who get dental care may reduce their risk of heart disease by 1/3 according to researchers at Berkely. While gum disease doesn’t seem to cause heart disease their is a link that science is still figuring out.
- Oral cancer – Each visit to the dental hygienist includes a visual and manual screening for oral cancer and any discolored, swollen or ulcerated area will be brought to your attention.
- Nutritional deficiencies – Your gums and tongue can tell a lot about your nutritional status. For example a pale tongue can indicate an iron deficiency.
- Diabetes – The health of your gums and teeth may suggest diabetes. The link between oral health and diabetes goes both ways – diabetes increases the risk you will have gum disease and having gum disease makes it harder to control your diabetes. Diabetic patients usually need dental cleanings more often than every six months.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your dental hygiene visit. The health of your smile, and your overall health are important!