Visiting the dentist office is rarely a pleasant experience, and there are many reasons for this. To start with, nobody enjoys having their mouth dug around in by a relative stranger, especially not when they’re poking and scratching various things with a metal implement that could just as easily cut open your gums. Then there’s the unpleasant and gritty substance that they put on your teeth to ‘polish’ them, which, no matter which flavor you choose, somehow always tastes like a terrible and gritty paste (yeah, don’t buy into their promises of ‘mint’ or ‘bubble gum’, there is one flavor and one flavor alone).
All that being said, as someone who has neglected their dental healthcare over the years, I often find myself wishing I hadn’t, and had visited an experienced cosmetic dentist. It can be costly to fix things that could’ve been fixed with much cheaper preventative care. Then there’s the fact that the fixing of my teeth was far more painful than it would have been to simply take care of them properly in the first place. Basically, all those things that people tell you were true, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so on.
Having said that, as someone, as I said, who has ignored their dental health, here’s four reasons why you should actually go to your dentist and not skip out on regular appointments like I did.
So, if, like myself, you decide to neglect your teeth and take them for granted (I wouldn’t recommend it. At all.), you will, one day, find yourself chewing on something and then feeling a sharp pain. Some people cry out, I just quickly rubbed the sore spot and wondered what happened. Didn’t even give it a second thought until it happened a second time, and then a third, and then became an almost constant occurrence when I was eating. I had a cavity.
The only treatment for a cavity is something that you have to get from experienced family dentists you can trust. First, they’ll numb the affected area, which is good because otherwise what follows would be extremely painful. Next, they’ll use a drill to remove the rotted portion of tooth, before finally replacing it with a filling, these days commonly some sort of porcelain material.
Of course, if you don’t go to your local dentist, your cavity becomes worse, until it becomes a…
2. Dental abscess(es)
This is the worst-case end game for a cavity. It can take a year or more for a cavity to develop into an abscess. Basically, a dental abscess is an infected tooth. By the time it’s gotten this bad, you tend to have also rotted away a lot of the tooth, to the point where, for me, parts of the tooth were actually falling out on their own, and parts of the tooth that stayed could be chipped away at will. Not a good situation.
Oh, and a dental abscess can also be life threatening. You see, there are nerves in your teeth, and these nerves run right to the brain. So, when the tooth gets infected, and then the infection moves on to the nerves, that infection can travel right along the nerve endings and right into your brain, at which point you’re going to die. Treatment early on is the key to surviving.
Treatment starts with removal of the tooth and whatever is left of it. Following this, they drill out the roots of the tooth and the nerve endings along with it. Then they treat you with antibiotics for a couple of weeks at most. And all of this could have been prevented with…
3. Regular upkeep of your teeth
So, one of the best things your dentist does for you is to polish and strengthen your teeth. I know, I complained about the polish. Just because it tastes awful doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. The fluoride they give you protects your teeth as well (just don’t swallow it). Another great thing about a regular appointment is that the dentist can look at your teeth and see how they’re doing and check for any issues that may be forming, nipping them in the bud before they become a real worry.
4. Cosmetic dentistry
This isn’t something I ever needed or received, but if you’re unhappy with your teeth, be they chipped, missing, or misaligned, cosmetic dentistry can be used to fix them with little hassle and even less pain. There are numerous ways to fix your teeth, but some you’ve heard of; braces, veneers, dental implants, things like that.
So, I implore you, take care of your teeth, and if you haven’t seen your trustworthy family dentist in the last year or so, get on the phone, make a call, and go have them take a look at your teeth to make sure they’re still in good health. You won’t regret it.