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Start the New Year Off Right!

January 4, 2023
Posted By: Dr. Adam Spriggs
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Is your next dental checkup and teeth cleaning scheduled yet? If not, January is an excellent time to make regular cleanings in Clayton, NC, your priority for the year! Preventive dental care will protect your smile, overall health, and well-being. Here's what you should know. 

The Oral Systemic Connection

Over the years, science has shown us many direct links between the inflammation causing gum disease and the inflammation causing several other health concerns, like:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Stroke
  • Dementia

Studies have found that bacteria can travel through the bloodstream. So when bacteria causes the infection known as gum disease in your mouth, it can also contribute to any of these other problems, and vice versa.

Regular checkups with your Clayton dentist also mean regular screenings for gum disease, giving you the best chance of treating it successfully as early as possible. In addition, routine teeth cleanings will help eliminate the excess plaque and bacteria in your mouth that causes gum disease. 

Avoid Complicated Treatment Procedures

We can see things like tooth decay early when you visit the dentist regularly. For example, if your dentist finds a small amount of tooth decay early, they can typically treat it with a simple filling. However, if tooth decay goes unnoticed or untreated, it will progressively get worse and could even cause infection over time if it reaches the root of your tooth. If that happens, you would need a more complicated procedure like root canal treatment and a crown to eliminate your infection and preserve your tooth.

Protect Your Budget

Your bi-annual teeth cleanings and checkups with your dentist also protect your wallet because we can catch tooth problems and concerns as early as possible when they're more straightforward and less expensive to treat.

Contact your team at Clayton Smiles at (919) 553-7695 if you're ready to take charge of 2023 and book your next preventive teeth cleaning and checkup.

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