Visiting The Dentist
Many people have a fear of going to the dentist. But making the recommended twice a year trip, can help improve your health and save your life in some cases. As a medical journalist, I’ve talked to countless professionals about the importance of oral hygiene. Here are just some of the reasons you should make an appointment. For more information about dentists, go here.
- Regular checkups will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. My dentist has a sign hanging in his office that says, “Ignore your teeth and they’ll go away.” Besides the daily maintenance of brushing and flossing, that biannual visit gives the dental professional a chance to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and if there are problems, it could lead to other medical issues.
- Not only are you getting your teeth and gums taken care of when you visit the dentist, oral cancer screening is also done during visits. More than 8,600 people die each year from oral or pharyngeal cancer. Sitting in that chair for 30 minutes could prevent you from being the next statistic.
- The dental hygienist will clean your teeth better than your standard toothbrush and floss will. There are tools in place to remove excess plaque and tarter. A buildup of plaque has been linked to heart disease, so even after your checkups and cleanings, it’s important to continue flossing and brushing on a daily basis.
- If you’re not looking out for your personal health, think about your financial health. Regular checkups, cleaning and maintenance, can save you money in the long run. More often than not, that twice a year appointment can pinpoint a problem early on and lessen the severity of treatment, and the costs that are associated with that follow-up
- Those checkups can help build self-esteem too. Ninety-four percent of people polled in a survey said the first thing they notice about a person is their smile. If your mouth is well maintained, you’re more likely to flash those pearly whites. That increases self-confidence which can lead you to the next big job offer or a date with the cutie down the hall. Just think that trip to the dentist could be a small investment in finding Mr. or Mrs. Right.
These are just a few reasons to visit the dentist in Falls Church. If you’re not going to do it for your own health, think about your loved ones and what they’d do if you were no longer in the picture because you’re too stubborn or fearful of seeing the dentist.