Family Dental
Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS

Why Routine Dental Care Is About More than a Healthy Smile

August 24, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Kenneth G. Edward, DDS Staff
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If you brush and floss daily, your teeth look good, and you don’t have a toothache, you might be tempted to put off your dentistry. This is always a mistake.

You may not know that lack of quality dental care has been linked to cavities and even to periodontal disease, a condition that is about more than just your teeth! Researchers have now connected periodontal disease to:

  • Heart attack—a severe cardiovascular event
  • Sudden stroke—a situation with lingering consequences
  • Alzheimer’s disease—a severe and progressive form of dementia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis—an autoimmune condition that finds your body attacking your joints

How Routine Dental Care Lowers Your Risks

Your Amherst dentist customizes dental care to fit your needs, and for most of our patients, this means visiting the dentist at least two times a year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.

During your dental exam, your dentist can spot emerging issues like gingivitis that—left untreated—becomes periodontal disease. We also provide an oral cancer screening and chat with you about the state of your teeth and gums, including any treatments that may help you achieve optimal oral health. In some cases, your dentist may also order x-rays to have a look below the surface.

Your routine teeth cleaning means your hygienist rids your teeth of the very ingredients that lead to oral health conditions—everything that your toothbrush and floss cannot clear away.

Your Role in a Healthy Smile

Between dental visits, it’s crucial to brush and floss at least twice daily—more if you indulge in sweets or acidic foods and beverages. Ask your Amherst hygienist for tips!

Are You Ready to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam and Teeth Cleaning?

If it’s time for your next appointment, or if you have not been to the dentist in a while, contact a member of our staff to schedule your checkup and teeth cleaning.

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