The dentist is not a fun place to go for most people. In fact, many dental patients put off seeing their dentists for many years. There are many reasons people don’t go to the dentist, including fear of the dentist, the high cost of treatment, forgetfulness or embarrassment.
No matter what your reason is for ditching the dentist, you are putting your dental health and possibly your overall health at risk.
Here are 10 reasons you should take a trip to your dental office:
- Time for a check-up. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and thorough cleaning. Regular dental visits are important is keeping your smile healthy and looking great.
- Spots and sores in mouth. Lesions or open cuts in the mouth can get infected, causing additional dental issues as well as hinder the normal functioning of your mouth. Lesions can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that requires urgent attention.
- Jaw pain or pain in the mouth or face. Whether it is TMJ or the result to a blow to the face of mouth, jaw, mouth or facial pain can make everyday activities such as eating and speaking difficult. It can also be an indication of possible bone fractures or breakage, which needs proper treatment and healing.
- You use tobacco. Tobacco use has been linked to tooth decay, gum disease and throat and oral cancer. Dentists regularly check for oral and throat cancer as it can easily become aggressive and be fatal. Tobacco use greatly increases the risk of getting oral and throat cancer.
- Dry mouth. Saliva is your body’s natural mouth cleaner. When your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, plaque growth increases resulting in more cavities and gum disease. Dry mouth can also indicate a blockage in the salivary glands which can be a serious medical condition that needs immediate treatment.
- Trouble eating. Your body needs food for fuel and keep it running. If the act of eating is too painful or uncomfortable, you may not be getting enough food or nutrition your body needs. You should see your dentist immediately to find the root cause of your dental pain and get it treated so you can eat normally.
- You’re pregnant. In some circles women who are pregnant are cautioned against going to the dentist because of possible health risks. In fact, the opposite is true. Pregnant women are encouraged to go to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. Dental health relates to overall health and they play off each other. An unchecked dental issue can deteriorate the health of the woman which can possibly affect her baby’s health. The technology and substances used in the dental office has been shown to be safe for pregnant women and their babies.
- Have ongoing medical issues. Those who have overriding heart conditions, issues with blood pressure and diabetes should see their dentist frequently. A change in one’s oral health can indicate a worsening of their medical conditions and vice versa. If the condition of one’s mouth deteriorates, a dentist can catch problems before they worsen.
- Have had dental work done. Patients who have had implants, crowns, dentures, veneers, root canals or any other kind of prior dental work done should schedule a follow-up appointment with their dentist to make sure things are okay. A return visit to your dentist is also necessary if something doesn’t feel or fit right, causes irritation, is loose or has fallen out and needs replacement.
- Hiding your smile. If you’re embarrassed of your smile, it is likely due to crooked, misshapen or overly discolored teeth. These are all conditions your dentist can fix. The sooner you visit the dentist, the sooner you can show off a beautiful smile you’re proud of.
- Bleeding or swollen gums. If your gums bleed after each time you floss, after eating or from some other unnatural cause, you should see your dentist for a check-up. Bleeding or swollen gums can indicate gum disease that can lead to additional painful and costly dental issues such as lost teeth. Bleeding or swollen gums can also indicate an abscessed tooth which should be promptly extracted.
There are many excuses people make for not seeing a dentist, but by doing so they are putting their oral and overall health and wellbeing at risk. Regular, six-month dental exams and cleanings can help prevent the occurrence or further progression of potentially serious oral conditions such as gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer. A healthy mouth also improves one’s overall health which help keep ongoing, underlying medical conditions at bay.
If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms or if it has been longer than six months since your last dental visit, contact us at Galleria Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.