Dentists assist you with your oral health. If you have never been to a dentist and are reading this, then you need to make an appointment right away. Your teeth need proper care every 6 months from a dentist in order to ensure that your teeth are in good order. This is a time that they normally clean your teeth and take some x-rays. They will look around in your mouth to see how things are and let you know if they find anything alarming.
While going to the dentist can be a little daunting for some, it is important. Your oral health will not simply just affect your teeth and the looks of your teeth but also your overall health. Bad plaque and gum disease can affect many other parts of the body and also are a constant infection that the body is trying to fight off. Dentists prevent gum disease and assist you with the look of your smile.
While you clean your teeth with a toothbrush daily, even the recommended twice daily, you still need professional teeth cleanings to scrape any plaque build-up that you might have missed. They will check your teeth for any breakage or cavities as well.
Some people have their gums receding. Periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth that gets infected. It has four stages that start out fairly mild and go from there. As it progresses it cannot be completely healed. However, in the early stages, it is considered gingivitis and that can be reversed with proper brushing and flossing. This is something that you dentist can help you with as well.
Crowns and Root Canals
Crowns and root canals are other areas that dentists work in. Sometimes cavities get so bad that it affects the root of the tooth. The root could be infected but usually, this is very painful. They will drill down and remove the root. This will then mean that the tooth will not get nutrients without a root and can start to get brittle. Because of this, they typically will put a crown or cap over the tooth. This helps protect it from cracking and breaking off.
If you don’t brush properly or have a diet that is full of sugar, then you will most likely have cavities at some point. This typically happens from bacteria in plaque that is eating away at your enamel and breaking down the tooth. To fix this issue, the tooth will need to be drilled out and filled. Many times they will numb the area to ensure that this is done with the least amount of pain possible. However, you don’t want to leave cavities to go for too long or it will start to attack the root and then the tooth will need a root canal or pulled.
At times our teeth are too far gone for a simple filling. Root canals can be a bit costly in comparison to having the tooth pulled. Dentists can assist with pulling teeth.
Fear of the dentist is very real for many people. In fact, there are very few people that don’t have some fear of going to the dentist. However, we all know we need to go, but how to get over that fear? Let’s take a look.
Admit that you have a fear.
Talking about our fears with our loved ones helps. Many times people want to simply avoid the dentist all together than to face their fears. However, we all know that is not good oral hygiene practice. Instead, you need to face your fears and talk about it. Don’t simply avoid the dentist, talk about it, and come up with some things that might help. You can even have a discussion with your dentist. Dentists deal with this all the time. They will have some ideas for you. Also, they may let you take breaks if you need to. This is a sign of a good dentist that understands and cares about their patients.
Maybe bringing someone with you that isn’t afraid of the dentist is a good plan as well. Having someone there to keep you calm and drive you home can really help. Perhaps make plans for after the dentist. Many times we cannot eat or drink right after seeing a dentist, but perhaps stop at a flower shop or go for a walk, something you like to do too. This will give you something to look forward to and a bit of a treat for getting through your appointment.
Perhaps it is the idea of all those poking instruments going into your mouth. The tray of unknown tools laying there looking as if they want to tear your mouth apart brings on the anxiety. Talk to your dentist’s office and they might be up for letting you have a bit of a meet and greet with the unfamiliar tools. This can really help with children for example. They have never seen all that stuff and can really get overwhelmed with it all. Also, if you have never been to a dentist, the tool fear can be very real.
Take some precautions for your upcoming anxiety
Dentists these days have all kinds of various techniques and ways that will allow you to be more comfortable. Simple things such as nose strips will allow you to breathe easier when they are working in your mouth, should you have issues. There are also medications that you can take before your appointment. Speak with your dentist and determine what is the best course of action for you.
Take the time to get to know your dentist for a minute. This can also help with fears. Ask questions and go in slowly to the whole idea. Maybe you can have a meet and greet with the dentist and get to know them a little bit more to feel a little more comfortable.
There are many relaxation techniques that you can use as well. Meditations, pray, and breathing techniques for example can calm you.
Fear is real, but with a little help, you can and will get through this.
We have all heard that it is what is recommended by the American dental association. However, there are reasons for their recommendations. People need to see the dentist to ensure that their oral health is up to par. Yes, you brush your teeth regularly, floss, and use mouthwash at home but there is nothing compared to professional cleaning.
Most people leave the dentist after a professional cleaning to feel more fresh and clean. However, there are other reason for visiting the dentist as well
1-Improve your smile
Your smile is the first thing people notice when they meet you. Our smiles carry a lot of weight on our self-confidence. If you are not happy with your smile, then you will have low self-esteem. Gum Disease, rotting teeth, and missing teeth can all be a part of a bad-looking smile. These things happen if you don’t see your dentist on a regular basis. Missing proper cleaning can lead to missing or damaged teeth.
2-Save money in the future
While a preventative visit does cost money, it is far less costly than getting your teeth taken care of. If you have insurance, quite often they will cover cleanings 100%. However, if you do or don’t have insurance, it is almost always more costly to deal with damaged/rotting teeth than it is to do the preventative care that is recommended.
3- Stop Gum Disease
Gum Disease is no joke. It can not only affect the look of your smile and breathe but can also affect your overall health. Oral health is actually linked to many other health issues such as heart disease, diabetic problems, and overall health issues. It is important that you care for your mouth and your oral health to ensure that you are overall healthy.
Plaque can eat away at your tooth’s enamel and cause cavities. If these cavities are left untreated you will have further damage to the tooth which will lead to the need for a root canal or pulling. You may think you are doing a great job at brushing, but a professional cleaning takes it to the next level. Plaque builds up where you are missing with your toothbrush. Your dental hygienist should be able to show you the troubled areas so that you can improve on them in the future.
5-Prevention of Tooth Decay
Preventing tooth decay is the number one reason you should see a dentist. It helps you keep Plaque and gum disease at bay and have a healthy smile. Our smiles are very important to us, and our oral health is directly tied to our overall health. Seeing your dentist allows an expert to go over your teeth and ensure that you have everything taken care of. Early detection of a cavity helps with the overall means of taking care of it. The earlier the better and the less costly.
If your health is important to you. Or if your looks are important to you, then you should see your dentist every 6 months for proper cleaning and check-up.
The benefits of dental hygiene help improve your oral health. It is pretty simple to perform and isn’t expensive, so there isn’t really any real reason not to take dental hygiene seriously. The benefits of good oral hygiene are:
Lowers the risk of cancer
Better gum health
Reduces the chance of needing oral surgery or root canals
Keeping your teeth, rather than needing dentures or crowns
Reduces the likelihood of having cavities and needing fillings
Reduction of tooth decay.
Lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Healthier pregnancy and stronger fertility
Lowers the risks of heart disease and heart attack
Lower the risk of stroke
A healthier mouth will mean a better overall healthier body.
Recommendations for dental hygiene
The basic good hygiene is very easy to do. The American Dental Association recommendations are:
Seeing your dentist on a regular basis.
Drinking water between meals.
Flossing at least once a day.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
It is never too early to teach your children good oral hygiene. You are only given one set of teeth, which means they need to last your entire life. This means that they need to have cared for both outside as well as inside. Your oral health is not only dependent on you taking external care of them, but also to eat healthily and refrain from sugar or foods that turn to sugar upon digestion.
Unsightly teeth and gum disease not only give a person bad breath, but it also affects a person’s self-esteem. Your teeth and smile are the first things people notice when you meet them. Having an ugly and discussing smile can really take a toll on a person’s self-esteem.
Your brain will function better if it isn’t dealing with dental issues. In fact, studies have shown that people with better oral hygiene perform better on tests of cognitive skills and memory. Other tests show that people with gingivitis or oral infection also have a harder time recalling verbal communication and subtraction, which are skills most use every day.
Other effects of poor oral hygiene
Diabetics often find themselves fighting gum disease. It is not only important to your body but also your oral health to keep your sugar is important.
With good hygiene, you have more of a chance of carrying your baby to term. That’s right, poor hygiene affects pregnancy There has been research done that has linked good oral hygiene and pregnancy. As a part of prenatal care, it is recommended that you visit your dentist to ensure that your oral health is in tip top condition. This is also good practice to get in to help show the new little ones how to properly brush and care for their teeth. Kids learn by watching the adults in their home, be sure that you are taking the time to show them good oral hygiene habits.
Some kids like to brush their teeth like their parents, however, some want to fight it. For those kids, try getting them a fun flavor toothpaste or an electric toothbrush, something that will make them more interested. Good oral hygiene is something that every person needs to learn to develop and use throughout life.