Going to the dentist is never high on anyone’s list of favorite things to do. It seems to rank somewhere below scrubbing toilets and paying taxes. But visiting your dentist regularly isn’t just a necessary chore, it’s actually a vital component to your health.
Did you know that the health of your mouth can actually affect the health of the rest of your body? Some research has found connections between poor oral health and other ailments like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more.
There’s also a corollary effect – people who take better care of their dental health are also more likely to care for the rest of their health and fitness. And together, those things contribute to a longer, healthier life.
The goal of dental care is to do more than fix problems but to prevent them and keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy for years to come. Don’t wait until you have a problem before visiting a dentist. Visit regularly so you can prevent pain, discomfort and disease.
We recommend that you come in for a cleaning every six months in order to maintain your overall oral health and to catch any minor problems before they become major problems.
When you come in for a cleaning, we remove tartar, which is a hardened plaque that cannot be removed with normal brushing and flossing alone. We also check your gums to be sure they are healthy as well.
Going to your dentist for regularly scheduled cleanings will help you keep your smile whiter and cleaner and avoid health issues that can arise from neglect.
If sitting in that chair sends shivers down your spine or you’d rather be stuck on a desert island than go for a checkup, talk to your dentist about your concerns and fears. A good dentist will be able to walk you through any procedures beforehand so that you know what to expect, and help find ways to keep you comfortable during your visit.
If you find that you’re often just “too busy”, keep in mind that a few minutes every six months can prevent hours, days or months of unpleasantness later. Make it a regular part of your routine and your mouth and health will thank you.