Most people do not see a dentist as important a visit as they would with any other doctor. This is a shame and is also quite concerning, since it could lead to some serious health issues. Many people might not realize that there is a correlation between oral health and other serious health problems. Perhaps people view it as "only oral health" and that problems are restricted to just that area. Nothing could be further from the truth. A little education on the matter will help people understand why they should see a dentist regularly, so let's explore some of these together.
1. Help Prevent Other Diseases
Not taking care of your gums and teeth can lead to other serious medical problems. For example, if you don't visit the dentist regularly, plaque can build up and this can cause heart disease. Your risk of getting a heart attack is greatly increased. If you have a history of heart problems in your family, then a combination of genetics and poor oral health will almost certainly lead to heart problems. You can even get respiratory disease. Plaque has bacteria and this can travel from your mouth to your lungs. Even diabetes can be linked to bad oral health. Again, if there is a history of such conditions in your family, you need to be more diligent in taking care of your teeth and gums and lower your risk.
2. Save Money
This at first may sound ridiculous as you ask yourself how in the world can one save money by seeing a dentist. However, compare regular visits to your dentist to paying for major oral procedures when something does inevitably go wrong. When you see a dentist regularly, any problems can be dealt with quickly and thus prevent it from getting worse. When you procrastinate, chances are that problems will be at a stage where there may be no alternative but to have an expensive procedure done. Instead of paying a few hundred dollars a year, you're now looking at a dental bill that may run into the thousands. If you have no insurance, that's going to hurt your mouth and wallet simultaneously!
3. Stave Off Periodontal Disease
Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent periodontal disease. You may experience bleeding gums, sore, tender or swollen gums or loose (as well as lose) teeth. Bear in mind that occasionally, you may not see or feel any symptoms. It may be too late by the time it creeps up on you. Regular dental visits can help spot this and rectify it before it's too late.
Nobody wants to have halitosis, or bad breath. It can be embarrassing, not just for you, but for others as well. People may make fun of you, particularly behind your back. Let's face it, these things happen. Bad breath is not something people will tell you that you have (unless you happen to be like Kramer from Seinfeld)! But on a more serious note, bad breath may actually be due to an underlying and more serious health problem. It's not always food particles or smoking cigarettes that causes bad breath. Kidney and liver problems, diabetes; all these can cause bad breath.
5. Look And Feel Great
If you take care of your oral health, you can have a great smile and beautiful teeth. This makes you look more attractive. You feel confident and it boosts your self-esteem. Some people may turn away or cover their mouth when they laugh, but you will never have to do this again. When people first meet you, one of the very first things they notice about a person is their smile.
Try not to go several years without seeing your dentist. It's best if you can have a couple of dental appointments a year. If it's due to a lack of money, it's quite understandable, but as you can see, it could end up costing way more than you ever anticipated. If it's due to fear, you could go with someone or speak to the dental staff. They will accommodate you, as this is nothing new to them. Dentists can actually perform the most basic, routine procedures by giving you something to help you relax.
However, if it's just pure procrastination on your part, please think carefully. You don't want to end up with more serious problems. You need to take oral health as seriously as any other condition. In many ways, it should be taken the most seriously, as it is the first point of entry, so to speak. Visit your dentist regularly and you'll look and feel great.