It’s tempting to neglect wellness and preventative care, especially when we’re young. Who has time to make an appointment with a doctor or a local dentist in between shifts at work, school, and hanging out with friends, and isn’t it all just a conspiracy to frivolously bill your insurance company anyway?
Perhaps no part of the body suffers from this kind of thinking more than our teeth. Tooth enamel is the hardest stuff that makes us up, but it’s not limitless or renewable. We only get a certain amount and when it’s gone, it’s gone–this may be the reason why a full 2/3rds of senior citizens over the age of 75 have no remaining teeth of their own! Even if you can’t see or feel anything wrong with your teeth, a good local dentist in a scary chair near you might be able to pinpoint small problems before they become large.
For example, your teeth might be fine, but many people have gingivitis, or gum inflammation and sensitivity, due to our national aversion to flossing. (Something like only 1 in 2 people even pretend to do this every day). Another common issue not necessarily detectable by the layman is the line of your bite. If your jaw is such that you don’t have a slight overbite (which is normal), you could be grinding down teeth when you close your mouth that weren’t engineered to take that kind of constant wear and tear, which can lead to serious problems later.
Of course, many of us know we need to visit the family dentist, but are just putting it off because we’re afraid. If this is the case, we urge you to make that appointment! Often the local dentist also doubles as a sedation dentist, meaning they use certain chemicals to help their patients be at ease during the procedure. Furthermore, if you are visiting an implant dentist or are in a situation where you need a large procedure, oral sedation dentistry is more the norm now than the aberration.
Please don’t wait a moment longer. Pretend a visit to the dentist is an assignment you must do, or better yet, imagine that the dentist is an old friend you’ve been neglecting for a while, because that’s pretty close to the truth.
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