• Benefits of a Good, Professional Teeth Cleaning Twice a Year

    by Dr. Idan Snapir, DDS
    on Jul 9th, 2018

 

Did you know that most dental insurance plans pay for two professional teeth cleanings per year, yet many patients are not taking advantage of that benefit?

At The Dental Smile Center we stressing with our patients to make sure to schedule a teeth cleaning "Twice a Year!"

While we are delighted that so many people are dedicated to "transforming their smiles" via teeth whiting, veneers, and braces, we are stressing the importance of this basic, twice a year procedure. In fact, unhealthy teeth and gums have been linked to a whole host of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. (Patients with periodontal disease are 1.5 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than patients with good dental health.)

Many problems can be avoided through regular teeth cleanings. For example, bacteria that is allowed to stay on the teeth often leads to plaque that can calcify and cause cavities and gum disease.  In addition, a visit to the hygienist can serve as an early warning system for other health issues, (including oral cancer and anemia), not to mention saving money in the long term by fixing problems before they get bigger.

In fact, in the Fifth Annual Guardian Workplace Benefits Study, Dental Benefits: A Bridge to Oral Health & Wellness, published earlier this year, stated that "dental benefits utilization, especially for preventive services, contributes to better oral health and overall wellness, and helps reduce future dental care costs."

The report states that over 120 non-dental related health conditions can be detected in a routine examination, including diabetes, cardiovascular risks, even the risk of preterm low-birth-weight babies, and osteoporosis. (It is important to note that a pregnant woman with poor dental health can inadvertently cause harm because her periodontal bacteria generates toxins that can reach the fetus.)   

According to this report, it is also important to see your dentist twice per year if you have diabetes, because periodontal infections add to problems with glycemic control, increasing the health risks of diabetics.

In order to be healthy and happy, to look and feel our best, we cannot ignore any part of our bodies. Taking care of our dental health is part of the package – along with regular exercise, eating right, getting regular check-ups and keeping our stress levels down.

So, when is the last time you had a teeth cleaning? Call your dentist now and make an appointment!

About The Dental Smile Center

The Dental Smile Center, serving the greater Los Angeles area, has been providing innovative community-based dental services, utilizing the latest technologies, for the entire family for 18 years. The practice is led by Dr. Idan Snapir, DDS, a graduate of the UCLA school of dentistry with additional expertise in cosmetic dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, orofacial pain, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), and conditions resulting from trauma. He leads a team of dentists that together provide the full scope of dental health services, including periodontics, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, and prosthodontist services. The practice accepts all forms of PPO insurance, offers financing and a military discount, and is located at 15704 1/2 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91406 in the San Fernando Valley. Bi-lingual in Spanish and English

Author Dr. Idan Snapir, DDS Director The Dental Smile Center

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