WHY REGULAR DENTAL OFFICE VISITS ARE IMPORTANT
There are various reasons why you go to the dentist, and you may not agree but regular dental visits are rewarding despite the initial apprehension that you feel, something which has always been there since you were a kid. Perhaps it’s the inherent fear of a dentist’s needle or his tooth extracting tools, but in reality, you have lots of reasons to be grateful that there are dentists around to take care of your dental defects.
COMMON DENTAL DEFECTS
The good news about dental defects is that they can be prevented. Following are the most common dental problems:
1. Bad Breath
Persistent bad breath can oftentimes be traced to existing dental conditions like cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, oral cancer, and bacteria. Using mouthwash only covers up and masks the bad odor and not cure it. Chronic bad breath needs your dentist’s attention for proper treatment.
2. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay or cavities occur when plaque and sugars/starches combine to produce acid and attack the tooth enamel. Regular brushing and eating healthy foods are usually effective in preventing tooth decay.
3. Gum Disease
Gum disease also known as periodontal disease has been recently linked by studies to strokes and heart attacks. It is an infection particularly in the gums that surround the teeth. Gum disease is known to be the main cause of tooth loss especially among adults. The major stages of this disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.
5. Mouth Sores
Mouth sores have different types such as cold sores, canker sores, fever blisters, thrush, and ulcers. They can be bothersome and pesky but usually just disappear on their own.
6. Tooth Erosion
It is caused by acid attack on the enamel causing the tooth structure to erode. Its symptoms include tooth sensitivity and cracking but it can also be prevented easily.
7. Tooth Sensitivity
This is a very common problem affecting millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity is experiencing discomfort or pain to your teeth derived from sweets, hot drinks, cold air, ice cream, or cold drinks. Some people even experience discomfort when brushing or flossing because of sensitive teeth. But this defect can be treated.
8. Toothaches and Dental Emergencies
Toothache is very common among children but dental emergencies can happen even to adults. Toothaches usually lead to tooth extraction and then they are gone, but dental emergencies may require meticulous dental operation depending on the particular case involved.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY
Regular dental visits at least twice a year should be practised to achieve healthy gums and teeth. Dental visits usually include check-up and cleaning. The check-ups are usually made to find out cavities, tartar or plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, clear layer of bacteria which, if not removed, can become tartar. Tartar is so hard that no amount of brushing or flossing can remove it. Plaque and tartar build up are the main cause of oral disease.
Next, the dentist will check your gums with a special tool used to measure spaces between teeth and gums. These spaces are shallow when your gums are healthy but they become deeper when you have gum disease. The check up also includes the tongue, face, throat, neck and head to look for signs of swelling or cancer.
The cleaning part involves scaling or the removal of plaque and tartar with a special tool. After that, your teeth are polished, usually with a gritty paste, to remove surface stains on the teeth. For the final step, the dentist will floss the areas between your teeth to make sure they are clean.
Continue taking care of your gums and teeth between dental visits. Plaques are endlessly forming on your teeth but you should not allow them to harden and remove them at once by regular brushing and flossing. Here are some suggestions for an effective oral care at home which you may already know but do not practise:
> Brush your teeth twice a day or every after meal using a toothpaste with fluoride.
> Floss once or twice a day.
> Use a mouth rinse not only to freshen your breath but also to get rid of bacteria.
> Avoid foods that may cause tooth decay.