So it’s been a while since you saw a dentist. Let me assure you, you are NOT alone! Life happens; time gets away from us. The next thing you know, it’s been two years since your last dental cleaning, maybe longer. And you feel “bad” or “guilty.” Or maybe you had a really bad experience in the past and just never went back. Maybe you are like some and just never really went regularly, ever.
Whatever the reason is, it IS important to see a dentist regularly because your mouth affects your overall health. Let me explain WHY. You may not feel “unhealthy,” but your mouth could be telling more than you think about the future health of your body! We think that’s pretty important stuff! If you have bad bacteria in your mouth (We all have some kind of bacteria; we’re human!), it could be causing the breakdown of your tooth enamel, which will lead to cavities. Or, it could be causing gum infection (periodontal disease), which can make you lose your teeth.
Do you ever notice bleeding when you brush or floss? Even just a little bit? That’s not because you brushed or flossed “too hard”! It’s from INFECTION! It may sound gross, but it’s true. That gum infection not only can cause you to lose your teeth, but it can lead to heart attacks, heart disease and strokes. It’s also linked to diabetes.
To all the ladies, did you know there is a direct link to that bad bacteria and premature babies?! If you’re pregnant and your gums bleed, yes hormones ARE part of it, but it’s gum infection BECAUSE of the hormones. If you had an infection somewhere else in your body, you wouldn’t just wait and hope it goes away! You’d run as fast as you can to your doctor. Don’t let the infection grow in your mouth and make the rest of your body sick, too.
When looking for a dentist, do your research. Google searches will lead you to their websites. Check them out on Facebook. Get a “feel” for what they’re like. And ask your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Positive word of mouth is generally a good sign. If people are saying nice things, you know what to expect! We recommend seeing someone who looks at you as a “whole” and not just your teeth, because the health of the mouth is linked to the entire body. Find someone who is thorough and takes time to talk to you at your first appointment and find out who YOU are and what YOU are looking for. If you’ve had a bad experience, or are fearful and have anxiety, let them know that! They should take time to ease your concerns and make you feel as comfortable as possible. Going to the dentist does NOT have to be a bad experience! And if you’ve had a bad experience, we want to change your mind! And if it’s been a few years since you’ve had dental care, that’s okay! You’re there now. Don’t be ashamed. Move forward and have a healthier mouth and body for it; there’s no time like now! If you do the things mentioned above, it will help you find your dental home!
If you are looking for a new dentist and would like to meet us, or if you just need a little more information on a dental concern, give us a call or send us an email! We’d love to hear from you.