Last month we focused on Women’s Health Week. Now it’s time for men to focus on taking care of their health. Health care professionals around the country and the world are joining together to offer free screenings and encourage early detection in men and boys in honor of Men’s Health Month. A critical part of keeping your overall health in check is maintaining dental health. Dr. James DeFinnis, of Back Mountain Dental, offers thorough dental hygiene exams (or checkups).
Why Should I Schedule a Dental Checkup?
During a dental hygiene exam, Dr. DeFinnis and his hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing the plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Plaque and tartar can eventually lead to gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss, receding gums, or even heart disease (the number one killer of men) or stroke. A thorough tooth cleaning will help prevent gum disease.
Dr. Definnis and his hygienist can also examine your mouth for signs of decay or damage, and look for signs of gum disease. Additionally, Dr. DeFinnis can check your mouth for early signs of oral cancer and perform a screening. Though lung and colon cancer are more common causes of death, oral cancer is twice as likely to occur in men as women. An oral cancer screening only takes about three minutes.
Dental exams are not just important for men. Everyone should schedule dental hygiene visits at least once every six months.
Don’t delay scheduling your dental checkup any longer. Call our dental office today at 570-763-4360 to schedule your appointment. Dr. DeFinnis provides sedation and general dentistry in a safe, comfortable environment.