Whether it’s a result of deep-seated fear, vague misgivings or a simple lack of time, it’s all too common for adults to neglect routine appointments with a dentist. The ideal model includes dental cleanings and checkups every six months, along with daily care like brushing and flossing. In a fast-paced society where there never seems to be enough time, taking a few hours out of a busy schedule to spend time in the dentist’s chair is often one of the first things to fall to the wayside.
For many adults, visits to the dentist start to happen only when there’s a problem causing pain, discomfort or noticeable cosmetic damage. The fact is, many of these conditions can be largely avoided by simply making and keeping routine dental appointments. Instead of sacrificing a large chunk of time to the treatment of a preventable issue, you may be able to circumvent it altogether through early detection and routine care.
During a routine dental appointment, your dentist will check for tooth decay and evaluate the health of your gums and oral tissues. A cleaning may be on the agenda, to remove plaque or tartar buildup. She or he may also examine your face, bite and the joints in your lower jaw. For some patients, working with a dentist can treat chronic migraine problems, stave of the potential for heart disease and may play a role in stroke prevention. Not only is your dentist working to keep your smile in great shape, but also helping to guard the health of your entire body.
Regular dental checkups are essential to the integrity of your teeth, your confidence in your smile and your general wellbeing. Contact your dentist today to set up an appointment, and make a point of doing so twice each year, to reap the benefits of a healthy smile and a healthy body.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
Following basic good oral hygiene habits like can help you avoid cavities and prevent gum disease, tooth loss, and bad breath. Along with seeing your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and a checkups, proper brushing and flossing will help stop problems before they start. Preventing problems is much easier, less painful, and less expensive than treating tooth decay and other dental issues.
Experts recommend brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day. Most Americans brush their teeth daily, but only about half of all Americans floss daily. About 10% of Americans never floss their teeth at all. This dismal flossing record is unfortunate because dentists say that flossing is probably even more important than brushing your teeth, particularly for preventing gum disease.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America. Even though gum disease and tooth loss is almost entirely preventable, about 25% of Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their natural teeth.
One of the main causes of gum disease is the build-up of plaque and tartar around the gum line. Brushing your teeth removes plaque from the surface of your teeth, but brushing does not remove the plaque between your teeth. This is why flossing daily is so important. Flossing daily can remove the plaque between teeth before it can harden into tartar. Flossing can also remove plaque along the gum line which is another area that is hard to reach by brushing.
If you find flossing difficult, talk to your dentist about alternatives. There are flat flosses that can get between teeth that are very close together and reduce floss “shredding”. Also, floss holders make flossing easier and more convenient for some people.
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