Fear of the dentist and concerns about pain are among the top reasons why a lot of people avoid a visit to the dentist for as long as possible. However, modern dentistry has come a long way from the “good old days”, when the dentist’s drill was operated by a foot pump, and there was virtually no anaesthetic. There are many different methods dentists have developed for the elimination of pain during any dental treatment, and there is no reason why you should fear a visit to the dentist.
Here are some of the top reasons why a visit to the dentist would be a good idea:
Strong link between Dental Health and General Wellbeing
A strong link exists between your dental health and your overall wellbeing. The condition of your dental hygiene can affect numerous parts of your body including your stomach and your respiratory tract. By the same token, the condition of your mouth and teeth can indicate a more serious medical condition. In this instance the dentist will immediately recommend that your visit your GP.
Bad breath is common for many people, and can be extremely embarrassing. Your dentist would be able to examine the problem and suggest a number of treatment options. Bad breath might be as a result of an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or liver dysfunction. In this instance, your dentist will be able to do a preliminary diagnosis, and again, refer you to a specialist.
You’re not as young as you used to be
You’ve been brushing and flossing all your life, but unfortunately, aging makes us more susceptible to tartar build up and gum disease. Regular visits to the dentist become more important, rather than less important as you age.
Your smile is often your bread and butter
People in the public eye constantly, like salesman, will tell you that a bright smile and clean teeth are essential when making that first impression with a new client. Your dentist will be able to regularly give you a good dental clean, to maintain that bright smile that you rely on so much. If you are not constantly dealing with the public, a bright smile and clean teeth will still make you feel socially more confident, and contribute to your self-esteem.
Periodontal disease is an infection in the soft flesh that surrounds the tooth. In its early stages it is not always possible to discern the condition, which might develop quite slowly. Your mouth is constantly under attack from bacteria, fungus and viruses and your dentist will be able to detect the early warning signs quite easily, and be able to suggest suitable treatment. Any sore in your mouth, that persists longer than a week, should be seen to as a matter of urgency.
Preventing Tooth Loss
Regular and correct brushing and flossing is your first line of defence to prevent tooth loss. The second line of defence is a regular visit to your dentist, who will not only help you to maintain optimum dental health, but will be in a position to spot any developing issues and nip them in the bud.
Regular visits to your dentist are vital for a number of reasons; the chief of which is the maintenance of your oral health and the early detection of potential issues.