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10 Reasons To See The Dentist

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People often don't go to a dentist due to fear or because they can't afford it or just because they don't think their teeth have any problems. Whatever the reason, visiting a dentist twice a year is good for you and does your smile a world of good.

If it's been years since you've sat in the dentist chair here are the top 10 reasons to see a dentist and should be motivating you to start taking better care of yourself.

#10 Regular preventive care will save your teeth and your money

Dental problems are much easier to fix early before that cavity appears. It is better to address that cavity for a couple of hundred dollars instead of the decayed tooth that needs an expensive root canal or crown.

#9 You suffer from serious halitosis or bad breath

Bad breath is common and unpleasant and can be persistent. It can also be the sign of a serious condition. Bad breath can be caused by leftover food particles, dry mouth or tobacco product. Also a liver or kidney ailment, diabetes, chronic bronchitis or sinusitis can be a problem. If you have constant bad breath, see your dentist as soon as possible.

#8 To correct the wear and tear caused over the years

Proper daily brushing and flossing should be something that is super important and you do throughout your life. Older adults are more susceptible to certain dental conditions such as plaque buildup and gum disease. Tooth decay and decay of the tooth root especially if their old fillings are common amongst older adults.

#7 To maintain a bright smile

When you brush and floss at home this helps keep your teeth and gums in top condition. But routine visits to the dentist helps you attain an even healthier smile. The dentist can remove the plaque beneath your gum line and hard-to-reach places between your teeth that your toothbrush just can't go to. Dentists can offer dental treatments that provide longer-lasting plaque protection.

#6 It's been a while since you've seen a dentist

Even if your teeth are fine and you have excellent oral hygiene, visiting a dentist twice a year is a good idea. It may all seem fine on the surface but there may be underlying dental problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular checkups, exams and x-rays can keep your smile healthy and bright.

#5 To prevent periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Gingivitis is milder and a more treatable form of this disease that affects only the gums. But it can also lead to a serious form of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Some warning signs are bleeding gums, constant bad breath, red, swollen or tender gums and teeth that are separating or loose. Keep in mind you can have no noticeable symptoms and that's why it's important visits to a dentist on a regular basis.

#4 When your gums are bleeding

If you notice blood in the sink when you brush you should visit your dentist. Bleeding gums can because by simply brushing too vigorously. But if your gums bleed when you have dental plaque buildup under them then you need to see the dentist. Untreated, plaque can lead to decay and gum disease. Bleeding gums can indicate that you already have gum disease, which leads to tooth loss.

#3 To prevent tooth loss

The best and most inexpensive way to prevent tooth loss starts at home with excellent brushing and flossing habits every day. Then seeing routine quality dental care twice a year is the next step. Preventative dental care includes professional cleanings, exams and fluoride treatments. Yearly visits can help your dentist identify any dental issues early on to help prevent further more serious damage.

#2 To improve your self-esteem and confidence

Your smile is the most prominent facial feature and makes a good first impression. A recent survey discovered that 94% of those polled said they are likely to notice a person's smile when they meet them for the first time. A bright and beautiful smile can do wonders for your self-esteem. Subtle changes can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel.

#1 Because dental health impacts your overall health

There is a strong link between good oral health and a person's overall well-being. The condition of your teeth and gums impacts every system in your body including circulatory, digestive, reproductive and respiratory systems. When one can maintain good oral health it can reduce your risk of serious health problems.