Pencil in these important appointments!

Pencil in these important appointments!

Besides seeing your dentist for a dental check-up twice a year, there are other reasons to make dental appointments. A routine teeth cleaning is common, but pre-empting possible issues could decrease and even prevent dental problems. 

According to the Dentist of Keller, dental appointments aren’t prioritised, and not many people make it a habit to visit the dentist regularly.  Try to add routine checkups to your priority list in 2022. 

Fear and anxiety

One of the leading causes that people don’t make occasional dental appointments are fear. Many people suffer from dental anxiety – more so a dread of the dental tools and potentially bad news for your oral health. This fear is normal. Try to remind yourself that you are leaving your oral health in the hands of a professional. Also, dentists have loads of pain relief options to ensure a pleasant patient experience. 

Unfortunately, avoiding your dentist can adversely affect your oral health. There are other reasons, besides fear, that people go years without seeing a dentist – for example, budget issues or that you think you have no problems with your teeth. 

Here are a few important appointments to diarise alongside a regular check-up.

Check on your gums

There are many warning signs of gum diseases, such as bad breath or red, swollen and tender gums, as well as separating or loose teeth.

Periodontal disease is very common, especially amongst smokers, and people with underlying conditions. It has been closely linked to heart attacks, and the signs of gum diseases aren’t evident until the bleeding begins. If your gums are constantly bleeding, you should visit your dentist immediately. 

 

Prevent tooth loss

Tooth loss is easily prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth every day – twice a day is an excellent habit to start with.  Having a healthy diet is a great addition to actively preventing tooth loss. A diet high in fruits and vegetables, filled with vitamins and minerals keeps the gums (and other parts of the body) in tip-top shape. Try adding a probiotic to the mix so that your tummy absorbs every bit of nutrients from your diet! Healthy body, healthy mouth.

Preventive dental care, another name for your routine quality dental care twice a year, is also helpful if you don’t want to gaps or cavities teeth. Once you have adapted to the ongoing brushing and flossing on a daily basis, yearly visits are a must. 

Yearly visits are also an opportunity to reduce the risk of further oral damage.

Detecting early oral cancer

Different types of cancer are already adding to the population’s death rate. Oral cancer is no different. Try to schedule an appointment to detect early cancer. Your dentist can run a series of tests and assessments to ensure that you aren’t at risk. If you are at risk, early detection can really help your chances of a full recovery.  Smokers are also at 10 times higher risk for oral cancer compared to non-smokers, so perhaps ad a resolution to quit the nasty habit. If you can’t quit altogether, cutting down is a good compromise. Smoking is linked to increased risk for more than 12 other types of cancer, too. In addition, cigarette smoking is linked to nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. Cigarettes contain more than 60 known cancer-causing agents.

By detecting oral cancer early, you can start the necessary treatment sooner and have a better chance of being a cancer survivor. Don’t wait for the possibility of oral cancer to become an emergency. It may be too late to fight back.

Decay, cavities and wear and tear

Decay and cavities are common with dental patients, but they can be safeguarded. For example, the food particles that get stuck between your teeth; clean them immediately. Please do not wait until they form a yellow over your teeth and avoid plaque as much as possible.  Drink sugary drinks through a straw to limit contact with your teeth. Don’t bite hard sweets, or use your teeth to open bottles or cans. 

Visit your dentist regularly to prevent decay and cavities, which can also lead to tooth loss.

If you aren’t brushing and flossing your teeth properly throughout your life, plaque build-up, tooth decay, and decay of your tooth’s root, the wear and tear of your teeth may be worse than you think.

Wear and tear issues are common with older adults, especially with old fillings. It is essential to book an appointment with your dentist to control the wear and tear as you get older. 

Fillings 

Cavities are all too common, says Crescent Dental– and very easy to get. Most cavities require a filling, and catching these cavities early is important. Acids in food and inside your body can easily break down tooth enamel if overexposed.

Luckily, filling most cavities is a quick procedure. You’ll likely be numbed, which can last for a few hours after the filling is over. It usually takes about an hour to finish up, and then it’s good as new! You might feel pressure while they’re working, but it shouldn’t be painful.

Teeth Whitening

For a brighter, and of course, whiter smile, we strongly advise that you skip the popular home treatments and add an aesthetic visit to your list of dental visits for 2022. At-home teeth whitening kits are essentially dental trays filled with hydrogen peroxide gel (bleach, of course) that you can use at home. For in-office bleaching, explains Isaacs On Gentle Dentistry, your dentist combines the hydrogen peroxide gel with a light source to speed up the whitening process.

Tooth Extractions

Sometimes, a tooth extraction, or dental extraction, is necessary when a tooth is irreparable. The damaged tooth gets removed from its socket in the bone. There are many reasons that warrant removing a tooth.

  • Your tooth is so damaged that it can’t be fixed with a dental restoration. 
  • To prepare the patient’s mouth for orthodontic treatment.

Say cheese!

A big, bright smile can make anyone’s day better. Don’t wait too to schedule dental appointments. The more your dentist assists your oral care routine, the healthier your teeth will be. 

Contact Affinity Dental to hear about your dental insurance options. 

 

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