Some people have crazy thoughts about dental visits.
I’m not talking about them being afraid of the dentist – that’s not unusual, particularly if you’ve had a bad experience in the past. (You know we have a range of ways of helping people with this, right?)
No, I mean that some people think they should only visit the dentist if they’re in pain. That sounds logical, but overlooks the fact that many of us visit health care professionals for preventive tests and treatment.
In fact, most of us are keen to prevent nasty diseases that may have little to no symptoms, and the same applies in dentistry. Here are 7 surprising reasons you should visit your dentist regularly.
1. Save Your Life
Your dentist isn’t just concerned about your teeth, they’re also concerned about the overall health of your mouth. Your mouth can exhibit signs and symptoms of conditions elsewhere in your body.
That’s right, your mouth is a window to your overall health. (Click to tweet) Studies suggest that oral bacteria might play a role in some diseases. In addition, some diseases can reduce your body’s resistance to infection and might affect your oral health.
2. Keep Your Teeth Longer
The majority of people will produce enough plaque and tartar build up in six months that it needs to be removed. If this isn’t done you’re more likely to experience gingivitis and gum disease.
Unfortunately, gum disease also causes a breakdown of the bone that holds your teeth in place, so it can lead to teeth loosening or falling out. If you want to keep your teeth for as long as possible (and who doesn’t), then regular dental visits are a must.
3. Reduce Morning Breath
Everyone gets morning breath and one of the major contributors is bacteria. Cleaning and flossing your teeth twice a day is critical to keeping this in check, but so is cleaning and scaling by a dental hygienist.
Without these regular cleans, you might find your morning breath getting worse, and that can be a sign of problems. Bad breath can indicate physical problems such as mouth infections, gum disease or infected wisdom teeth, so you want them discovered early.
4. Reduce Dental Costs
This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s not. You see, if dental problems aren’t addressed early they can become expensive. Very expensive.
Having regular dental visits means you’re taking preventive measures and are more likely to have problems addressed early on. That means you’re less likely to need major work, which saves you money.
5. Prevent Pain
I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer not to be in pain. It’s not fun, is it?
Regular visits to your dentist mean you’re less likely to have unexpected problems that lead to pain and discomfort. Preventive measures like X-rays help your dentist discover and address problems early – things like fillings that need replacing.
This means you’re less likely to experience a dental emergency that leaves you uncomfortable and distressed.
6. Avoid Invisible Problems
Regular x-rays ensure your teeth and mouth are in good condition. In fact, dental x-rays help reveal diseases that cannot be seen with an oral exam. They can be used to:
- show areas of decay that aren’t visible
- reveal bone loss that accompanies gum disease
- reveal changes in the bone or in the root canal resulting in infection
- reveal an abscess (infection)
- reveal other development abnormalities
7. Look Younger and More Successful
You probably already know that great teeth can make you look younger, but they may also increase your employment potential and make you more attractive.
A study of over 2,000 Brits revealed that a third of men think “ …white teeth demonstrate wealth and status, and it also doubles the perception you have been privately educated or gone to university.”
But there’s a catch – teeth have to be clean to whiten them!
At Island Dental we have a “White teeth for life” club to help you enjoy healthy, clean white teeth for life. If you haven’t joined already, ask about it the next time you make an appointment.
You’ll be looking younger, feeling great, and may even be more successful than you thought possible.