When is the last time you visited our dental office? If it has been more than 6 months since your last routine cleaning, it is time for you to schedule another checkup with Dr. Alina Bergan DDS. While you might think that periodic cleanings are meant to get your teeth bright and white, checkups do more than just keep your teeth clean. They also maintain your oral health, and the benefits of routine checkups can extend to your whole body.
Your mouth is said to be a gateway to the rest of your body. As such, it offers a critical view of the state of your health. Oral symptoms can indicate vitamin deficiencies, diabetes symptoms, dehydration, and many other health problems. A dental checkup can give you valuable information about the rest of your body and provide clues about ways you can improve your health.
During a routine checkup, we perform screenings for oral cancer especially if you smoke or drink. These lesions can be difficult for you to see on your own, but during your appointment, we use a mirror to examine each part of your mouth. Early detection and treatment of oral cancer can save lives.
Finally, poor dental care can increase your risk of periodontal disease. When oral bacteria enter the bloodstream, they can trigger systemic inflammation that increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups can promote better heart health.
If you have questions about your oral health call us today at 800-223-0801 to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule online at http://www.alinabergandds.com/appointments/