You might think that it’s okay to put off going to the dentist. Maybe you’re not experiencing any pain and are already have a perfect smile. Maybe you don’t have time to make a dentist appointment, and it just seems like it will be another extra expense you can’t think about right now.
But did you know that regular visits to a general dentist could save your life? The truth is that you can’t afford not to take your dental and oral care seriously, and a quick visit to your general dentist today could save you a lifetime of health problems.
Here are a few reasons why it pays for even the healthiest person to have a dentist and go for check-ups regularly.
1. Updated Hygiene and Nutritional Advice
A general dentist can be helpful in giving you both general and personalized health advice. You can learn how to care for your teeth and what types of toothbrushes are best for you or your family and get dental hygiene tips. The nutritional advice a dentist can give you will go beyond the basics and get you on the optimal path to health and hygiene.
2. Minimize Plaque or Tartar Build-Up
Even if you brush your teeth as recommended, it doesn’t take long for tartar buildup and plaque to cause problems. When you go for a general cleaning, it removes any plaque that is hidden from view or impossible to get rid of with just a toothbrush. Tartar acts like cement — it’s hard and cannot be brushed away. The dentist will use special tools and dental fluoride to get rid of it.
3. Dental Advice for Kids
Would you like to know how to keep your children as healthy as possible? Regular visits to the dentist with your kids ensure they grow up knowing the importance of oral hygiene.
Regular cleaning and check-ups keep their teeth healthy, and if they need any orthodontia work, you can get them checked and referred to a specialist early on.
It’s also important to see a dentist regularly when you’re pregnant. Pregnant women are more susceptible to tooth decay and should be extra conscious about proper dental hygiene.
4. Preventative Care
Some of the most common diseases in dental patients are periodontal disease and gingivitis. The former is gradual, and you may not feel any pain. So you may not know how deep the problem is until the bones supporting your teeth are destroyed. And when your teeth start falling out, it’s almost too late.
What happens is that the bacteria in your teeth (from food or other substances) secrete acids. They cause irritation, infection, and essentially destroy your gums and bones.
Gingivitis shows up in inflamed or bleeding gums. Both types of infections should be treated immediately and can be remedied with proper dental care.
5. Deeper and More Precise Oral Examinations
During a visit to the dentist, you have many options. Your dentist may take x-rays or screenings. These test your jaw and bone structure and how it relates to your teeth growth.
Screenings can also help you to detect oral cancer and treat it at the earliest possible time. These are usually found in the mouth’s floor as well as your gums and cheeks. A good, thorough examination and then frequent follow-up exams are essential.
In addition, a good dentist will leave time for any questions you have about dental care. They can teach you how to fight tooth decay and disease while at home. If there are particular dental products you should be using, your dentist can recommend these, as well.
6. Specialized Treatments or Referrals
Another great reason to see a dentist is that you can get the referrals you need for specific treatments, such as cosmetic dentistry. If you need to see a specialist, you can get pre-tested at your dentist and have the chance for better recommendations.
Whether your dentist is recommending braces, implants, crowns, dentures, or even a root canal, it’s good to get as much advice as possible. And a dental examination will also help you get to know your body, and how it works. You will be able to learn about health triggers or causes of certain problems.
If you have a family history of dental diseases, you can get professional advice and preventative check-ups.
7. Better Communication, Advice and Education
It is important that you have healthy, open communication with your dentist. Don’t be afraid to tell them if you have been experiencing anything unusual. Any type of tooth sensitivity, discoloration, bleeding, or pain. If there is discomfort when you eat, chew, or speak, let your dentist know.
Every little detail may be helpful in getting to the root of your dental problem and finding out how to solve it. Plus, you will have a better chance of preventing more serious diseases (for example, cancer or diabetes) if you don’t put off that dental check-up.
No matter your dental health needs, we can help. Contact us to schedule a consultation.