Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

The Dangers of Skipping Routine Teeth Cleaning

Dental Hygiene

It’s not uncommon for people to skip a routine teeth cleaning—after all, they may think, how much harm can it really cause? If you think that skipping out on routine dental care is no big deal, think again. Researchers have found a direct link between oral health and total health. Heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, bone loss, and even risk of stroke have been found to be connected to how well you care for your teeth. One study found that people who skip even one routine habit of dental care—including a simple at-home tooth brushing— increase their risk of heart disease by as much as 70 percent. That’s fresh motivation for never missing a visit to the dental hygienist for a teeth cleaning; your life may depend on it.

So, what can happen if you skip your routine teeth cleaning with the dental hygienist or neglect daily brushing and flossing?

Oral Cancer

The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that one person dies from oral cancer each hour, every single day—and that’s just in the U.S. Your dentist is instrumental in helping you identify and treat oral cancer. It’s one more reason not to miss a visit.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is a highly preventable condition that may begin as inflammation of the gums and quickly develop into disease, destroying your gum tissue, and the supporting bone of your teeth. The disease can be reversed if caught in the early stages, but left untreated, you may lose your teeth. Routine professional teeth cleaning, check-ups, daily flossing, and twice-daily brushing are key factors in preventing gum disease.

Loss of Physical Health

Heart attack, stroke, diabetes, bone loss, lung disease—the list gets longer and longer as researchers uncover further evidence that your oral health is heavily linked to your physical health. This hypothesis speculates that the correlation between disease risk and oral health is the level of inflammation existing in the mouth when proper dental care habits are neglected.  To reduce your risk of disease, visit your dental hygienist every six months for a teeth cleaning and don’t miss out on daily flossing, brushing, and rinsing.

Tooth Loss

It’s no secret that the biggest risk of not taking care of your teeth is the loss of your teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay can rob you of your smile, facial structure, and the ability to speak and chew normally. You only get one set of permanent teeth, so care for them diligently.

Bad Breath

Nobody wants to be “that person”—you know, the one everybody avoids because their breath is so bad? Temporary causes of bad breath are linked to the food you eat, lifestyle habits, like smoking and the build-up of bacteria in the mouth due to poor dental care. Chronic bad breath can be an early sign of disease. Talk to your dentist in Shelby Township if you have persistent bad breath, to get treatment and protect yourself from disease.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township.

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  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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