The Benefits of Going to the Dentist Regularly
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that nearly 74% of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt their career success. Many more adults suffer from anxiety about the look and health of their gums and teeth. The only way to fight this anxiety and feel confident every time you meet someone is to regularly go to your dentist.
Why Dentists? Why Now?
Dentists want to make sure your mouth is the healthiest it can be. Whether that means filling a cavity, removing your wisdom teeth, or simply a routine check-up, your dentist wants you to look and feel your absolute best. Many dentists offer cosmetic dental services as well as emergency dental and family dental care so that you can have all of your dental services needs met at one place.
It’s understandable why many people are afraid to go to the dentist. But the vast majority of dentists will tell you that the best way to avoid pain is to keep up with your regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings. During these appointments, your dentist will clean your teeth and check for cavities or signs of oral or throat cancer. Making an appointment once or twice a year will help you avoid the uncomfortable process of having to get a cavity filled and put your mind at ease about the possibility of oral or throat cancer.
Many family dentists will be the first step in seeing whether or not your child is ready for braces or if they will even need them at all. Having a family dentist that will be a regular figure in your child’s life will help them learn the importance of brushing and flossing at an early age and help them develop good habits that they will take well into adulthood.
It is important to try to get your wisdom teeth removal surgery done as early as possible. However, if you are older than the suggested age (17-25) and are not sure if you need it because you haven’t been experiencing any problems, get an appointment with your local dentist just to be certain. Usually, the earlier you have them removed, the less time it takes for them to heal and the fewer complications you will have. Your dentist will typically refer you to an oral surgeon, who will do everything they can to prevent you from being in pain during this surgery. They will typically offer you the option to remain awake but be put under local anesthesia or to be put to sleep through general anesthesia. What you will receive depends on how nervous you are about the procedure and if the dentist thinks that your surgery will be extensive.
Dentists want the best for you. Even if it has been a few years since you last visited the dentist, it
is never too late to come in for a cleaning.