Smiles are important, aren’t they? They’re contagious, nice to look at and add more to your personal appearance than the right clothes or accessories ever will. A good smile and dental health go hand in hand and that’s where routine visits to your dentist come in.
For most of us, however, regular visits to the dentist don’t exactly make it up to the top of our 10 to-do list. Should we let it be that way though? No.
Like the rest of our body, our teeth need to be taken care of. And routine dental check-ups can help them get the attention they need.
1. HELP PREVENT TOOTH DECAY
While regular brushing and flossing are important parts of your oral hygiene care, routine visits to the dentist can do more for your dental health than you might imagine.
Most importantly, they help combat plaque and tartar. Plaque is the white film that covers your teeth after you’ve chowed down on some sugar. The film gets thicker when you don’t clean your teeth regularly.
This is dangerous because over time, it attacks the tooth enamel, wears it down and causes cavities. Tartar is an advanced form of plaque that sticks to your teeth and can only be removed by a dentist.
2. AVOID GUM DISEASE
One of the leading causes of tooth loss is gum disease and once again plaque is the main culprit. In this scenario, the plaque attacks the bones in your jaw that support your teeth. This causes the tooth to loosen and fall out. Not to worry however! Visiting the dentist can help in early detection and preventive measures.
3. GET RID OF STAINS; SMILE BRIGHTER!
If you consume tea, coffee, soft drinks or cigarettes regularly, then you would know that these leave behind stains on your teeth. Regular dental cleaning can help remove these stains, and a good polish will leave you with a brighter smile.
4. SAVE MONEY
Visiting the dentist only after you’ve found out that your tooth has decayed not only costs you more, the treatment is also comparatively more painful and cumbersome. Regular visits, on the other hand, prevent these problems from developing, and help in maintaining good dental health. As the saying goes, prevention is and will always be better than cure.
5. BREATHE FRESH
Bad breath (halitosis) can be prevented by good oral hygiene in most cases. But if it adopts a persistent nature, this might signify other underlying problems that only your dentist can figure out. For example, it may be a warning sign of gum disease because bacteria in the plaque release toxins that cause you to have bad breath.
6. WHAT ELSE?
Good oral health impacts the health of the rest of your body as well. Once you begin to treat your teeth with care, you also become careful with what you eat and are more likely to avoid foods containing high sugar and acidic content. This can help improve your overall health and lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Studies also indicate a direct link between poor oral health and an increased risk of heart disease. Poor oral hygiene can also be the precursors to digestive tract issues. So the next time you think that it’s ‘just a visit to the dentist’… think again – it’s so much more.