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Top reasons to get regular dental cleanings

GEHA | October 7, 2022

Your overall health is affected by the health of your mouth, teeth and gums.

Regular dental cleanings might not be your favorite task, but they are essential for your overall health. Your mouth, which is full of bacteria, is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts. Although the bacteria are mostly harmless, some of the bacteria can still cause disease. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

The top reasons to receive regular dental cleanings include:

  • Cavities, tooth loss, plaque and tartar build-up will decrease with regular cleanings
  • Your overall health will be boosted
  • Early detection of oral and health problems
  • Your dental phobia will lessen
  • You will save money and time
  • You will lessen bad breath and have a brighter smile

Regular dental cleanings can further uncover skin diseases, thyroid problems, leukemia, cancer, or even the early stages of hardening of the arteries. Most importantly, they can help stop small issues from turning into major problems.

For more oral health advice, read tips for good dental health. To find a provider near you, visit GEHA's Find Care tool.

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“Adult oral health.”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 December 2020.
“Regular dental care is important.”, Iowa Department of Administrative Services, 2020.
“Dental care – adult.”, National Library of Medicine, 10 June 2022.

Disclaimer: This information contained herein is for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and if you have questions regarding a medical condition, regimen, or treatment you should always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice from a qualified medical professional because of information you have read herein.