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  2. Dental health is every bit as important to maintain your general health.

  3. In fact, medical research has found that some health conditions are related to bacteria that are found in the mouth.

  4. Keeping your teeth clean and your gums in good condition can help you to keep your teeth for a lifetime.

  5. Here are just some of the reasons you should visit your dentist on a regular basis:

  6. Periodic Teeth-Cleaning Maintains Healthy Gums

  7. Normal eating and drinking causes the formation of a sticky substance called plaque, that can harden and can lead to tooth loosening and tooth loss.

  8. Regular cleaning removes this plaque and improves gum health.

  9. Regular Visits Can Monitor the Progress of Certain Conditions

  10. If you have the initial stages of gum disease, your dentist may advise you on additional techniques that you can employ to help keep your teeth cleaner and your gums healthier.

  11. However, regular checkups can determine whether these methods are being successful, and can alert you to the need to see a specialist to improve the condition of your gums to help save your teeth.

  12. Checkups Can Find Minor Issues Before They Become Larger Problems

  13. Regular dental checkups can detect small changes in the teeth that can signal a problem that could become more serious in the future.

  14. For example, a loose tooth may be able to be saved with a variety of dental procedures before it affects the stability of adjacent teeth.

  15. Cosmetic dentists can recommend ways to stabilize teeth to preserve your smile.

  16. Dental Examinations Can Reveal Mouth Cancer or Other Unusual Growths

  17. An important part of your dental checkup is the visual examination of mouth and throat tissues.

  18. This examination can help to find small cancers of the mouth or throat that should be treated immediately.

  19. Checkups Can Detect Changes in General Health

  20. A number of medical conditions can be detected by changes in mouth tissues.

  21. Dental professionals are trained to recognize these subtle differences and can advise you to see your physician for further diagnosis.

  22. Some conditions that can be detected by changes in the mouth and teeth are:

  23. DIABETES Diabetes often causes chances in the teeth and gums that can lead to loosening of teeth.

  24. OSTEOPOROSIS Although this condition of thinning bones does not affect the teeth, it can causes changes in the supporting bone structure in the jaw.

  25. EATING DISORDERS Poor nutrition from anorexia and self-induced vomiting from bulimia can produce visible damage to the teeth.

  26. CROHN’S DISEASE The inflammation that can affect the gastrointestinal tract in patients with Crohn’s disease can also show as small, raised bumps in the mouth.

  27. ACID REFLUX DISORDERS Nighttime acid reflux can cause stomach acid to back up into the mouth, causing damage to tooth enamel.

  28. HEART DISEASE Poor oral health can cause bacteria to travel to the heart, which can lead to heart disease.

  29. DEMENTIA Poor dental care can be a sign of mental changes associated with dementia.

  30. DRY MOUTH Dry mouth can be a side effect from medications the individual is taking and can cause a greater risk for tooth decay.

  31. Family dentists generally recommend a dental checkup every six months. However, your dentist may advise you to have exams more frequently, based on your individual dental health.

  32. Take his or her advice to heart, and you can avoid a number of troublesome and expensive problems.

  33. If you are seeking professional dental advice, it's time to call Shumway Dental Care.

  34. Their Chandler dentists will ask you questions, examine you, and determine exactly what needs to be done to get you back to normal.

  35. Call today for an appointment. Visit www.mychandlerdentists.com.

  36. SHUMWAY DENTAL CARE 3150 S Gilbert Rd Suite 1 Chandler, AZ 85286 (480) 659-7800 shumwaydentalcare@gmail.com