Women’s Health Week: How Dental Checkups Affect Total Health

This week, May 8-14, is National Women’s Health Week, an effort by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to encourage women to take care of their bodies. Along with eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep, visiting your healthcare professionals on a regular basis helps maintain good health. Dental checkups and teeth cleanings keep your oral health in top condition. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago Cosmetic Dentist, offers checkups and cleanings in a boutique environment.

You should see your dentist for a checkup every six months. Dental checkups are important for several reasons:

Tartar removal: When you brush and floss your teeth, you are removing plaque. But plaque forms constantly and the plaque you can’t remove hardens and becomes tartar. The only way to remove tartar is with a professional cleaning.

Gum disease prevention: Tartar can irritate gums and cause gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss or cardiovascular (heart) problems. When Dr. Fondriest cleans your teeth and removes the tartar, he is also guarding your mouth from gum disease. In addition to cleaning, he can examine your mouth and gums for signs of gum disease.

Tooth loss prevention: Dr. Fondriest will examine your teeth for signs of cavities to prevent further decay and tooth loss. When he removes the tartar from your teeth, he is also preventing decay by ridding your mouth of tartar.

Oral cancer prevention: Every year, 87,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in America. When oral cancer is left undetected and untreated, it can metastasize or become fatal.  During your checkup, Dr. Fondriest will examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer.

Your oral health and overall health are interconnected. Keeping regular dental appointments is as important as keeping appointments with your general practitioner or optometrist.

If you’ve gone too long without a dental checkup, call Lake Forest Dental Arts today at 847.234.0517. Dr. Fondriest provides conservative general and cosmetic dentistry to patients from the greater Chicago area, as well as the North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Highland Park, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and nearby towns.

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