Ever wondered why you should visit the dentist regularly? When it comes to your oral health it’s very important to make sure things are checked out. But why you say? Since you brush your teeth morning and night? Read on and find out why.
Prevention is Key
Regular visits to your dentist can allow early detection of dental problems helping you avoid pain, long visits and unnecessary costs for emergency treatments later!
Most people think that regular visits to the dentist are just for cleans. But it’s more than that… not only do we check your teeth and gums, dentists do oral-cancer checks by looking around at your soft tissues and assess your mouth for any signs of dental disease progressing.
For instance, a simple filling or identifying a small cavity at the right time will help save you from root canal treatment or extraction in the future.
Good Habits Alone Are Not Always Enough Although dentists preach that regular brushing and flossing are the keys to a healthy mouth, you still need to be assessed on a regular basis to ensure your efforts are effective and to rule out any other indicators of dental disease!
How does my oral health affect my overall health?
It is important to take proper care of your oral health to keep your body healthy. If you suffer from gum disease and have not had an assessment by your dentist, the bacteria in your mouth can spread infection to the rest of your body. Conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, oral cancer and vitamin deficiencies can show symptoms in the mouth! This is why a regular dental assessment is needed to avoid serious issues.
Okay I’m convinced, what toothpaste should I use?
Doing the supermarket shuffle every week is a routine for most, but one can easily get overwhelmed by how many options there are in the dental aisle! A standard fluoride toothpaste is the best; try either Colgate total or Oral B
I brush but I don’t floss
Ahhh yes the dreaded floss. Isn’t brushing enough? errm well no! You don’t have a shower and clean everything but your foot. It’s the same for flossing. When you brush you do not reach all the surfaces and flossing is the only way to get in between the teeth. What about mouthwash you say?
Okay I get it, BUT Dentists scare me!
It’s not uncommon for us dentists to hear “I hate dentists!, it’s not you… it’s what you do!” Well to be completely honest…. It’s not a nice feeling.. It makes us sad to be told constantly you hate us… But you know what? we get it and we want to change that perception and get to the bottom of this. 3 common reasons we hear why we scare you.
Ever go to the dentist and be like.. yep okay I’m ready I’m going to be good and look after my teeth… then after a month or two the hype dies down? You’re not alone! That’s why we’ve created Mint dental care tips to keep you motivated and help you stay on track. Sign up below so you can see us less!