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As more Americans find themselves lacking dental insurance, many people have been skipping regular dental cleanings. This could be disastrous for these individuals, since only a dentist is able to truly remove plaque and tartar from the places in the mouth that normal brushing and flossing miss. Recently, WorlDental.com published an article about the importance of professional cleanings and why people need to make them a priority.
To start, dental cleanings reduce the risk of gum disease, bone loss and severe tooth infections, but that's not all.
"According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, every single hour of every day, there is one patient dying of oral cancer. Partly, these people will lose the battle to cancer mainly because they did not keep up with their regular checkups – when disease could have been discovered early," stated the news source.
The American Dental Association states that it's especially important for older people to get regular dental cleanings. Elderly individuals are more prone to cavities than their middle-aged counterparts, and studies have shown that poor oral health may be associated with dementia.
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