If the dentist office is one of your least favorite places to visit, you’re not alone. Many adults and children don’t like going to the dentist. Some avoid the dentist out of fear while others out of shame and embarrassment. While avoiding the dentist and forgoing crucial dental treatment, one puts his or her oral health at risk.
There are many benefits of facing one’s fear or embarrassment and going to the dentist. These include:
Improve your smile. No matter how stringent your at-home oral care regimen is, you can’t achieve the same level of cleanliness that a dentist can provide. If you don’t see a dentist, chances are you’ll increase your risk of cavities and gum disease because a toothbrush and floss can only reach so many placed on and around teeth and the gum line.
A professional dental cleaning and exam will remove hardened plaque (tartar), whiten your smile, offer suggestions for better at-home teeth and gum care and inform you of possible oral health issues.
Boost your self-confidence. A smile marked by yellow, missing, crooked, chipped teeth isn’t appealing. Patients with such smiles tend to hide their embarrassing, flawed smile. By hiding one’s smile, one’s attitude, and self-confidence are lowered.
Smiling is linked to happiness and well-being. People who smile are also seen as more confident. Hiding your smile can negatively affect your life by keeping others away, keeping you from getting a job or a promotion and lower your overall happiness and self-confidence.
Seeing the dentist will help to ensure that your smile is healthy and looks amazing.
Prevent more serious dental health issues. You may know or not know that you have an oral health issue. Aside from the pain, discomfort or abnormal look of your teeth and gums, you can easily overlook any underlying oral health issues.
A dentist, on the other hand is trained to look for hidden, underlying issues and symptoms. When you visit the dentist, your mouth will be examined by a professional who can easily spot potential issues and provide quick, effective, early treatment to halt, reverse and prevent further damage and issues from occurring.
Improve your overall health. Believe it or not, your oral health and dental health are interconnected. Serious health conditions such as diabetes, and high blood pressure can lead to oral health issues and dental health concerns such as gum disease can indicate something isn’t right with your overall health.
Everyone wants great health. After all, going to the doctor’s office can be just as unpleasant as visiting the dentist. Good health makes you feel good, look good and keeps you enjoying life. Both the doctor and dentist are trained professionals and can spot medical and dental health concern symptoms that patients easily overlook or disregard.
Save you money and time. Dental procedures and be expensive, especially for more complex procedures and those that aren’t covered by insurance. The longer you postpone going to the dentist and/or having your dental health issue treated, the worse it will get, creating the possible need for more advanced, complex treatment.
Some dental procedures, especially those requiring surgery, crowns and dentures, require time. There may be multiple dental visits required and/or a longer recovery time. If you have a busy schedule, which you probably do, setting aside significant time for preventable dental procedures will not be what you want.
Routine visits to the dentist can help you avoid these potentially expensive and time-consuming dental procedures.
Save your life. Oral cancer, like any other kind of cancer is a serious health issue that’s not to be taken lightly. Oral cancer often doesn’t show any noticeable symptoms until its later stages, when it is beyond treatment. Unfortunately, it is only at this point patients will see their dentist. Oral cancer is life-threatening, yet is easily preventable when caught and effectively treat in its beginning stages.
A dentist will perform an oral cancer screening as part of each six-month checkup. Dentists will be able to quickly spot the tell-tale early signs of oral cancer, which can prevent costly treatment and can very well save a patient’s life.
Don’t let the fear of the dentist or the embarrassment of a poor oral health keep you from the potentially smile or life-saving benefits of getting professional dental treatment.
Regardless of your hesitation, contact your local dentist to schedule an appointment if it has been more than six months since your last dentist office visit. Your teeth, gums, self-esteem and overall health will thank you.