Why Should You Go To The Dentist?
You try to eat well. You know you should exercise. You want to be healthy, and you want your loved ones to be healthy, too.
That’s why you encourage your kids to brush their teeth, and it’s why you do what you can to keep your teeth healthy and intact.
But are you doing everything you should to keep your mouth healthy? Are you wondering why you should go to the dentist?
You should, for reasons that you may and may not have considered. Below, we will tell you how Hubbard and Leath Dental are working to improve and maintain the oral health of all our patients in and around Rochester Hills.
The bacteria that create plaque live in your mouth. This means the fight to prevent plaque buildup is constant. To win this fight, you need to make routine brushing and flossing a daily habit, and you need to have regular check-ups and professional cleanings by a dentist or hygienist.
Let’s review what you should be doing at home first.
The American Dental Association recommends that every person should brush his or her teeth twice every day. Each time your brush, you should do so for two minutes. Be sure to clean your teeth from all sides to remove as much plaque as possible.
You should also make it a point to floss once per day. Find a dental floss or other interdental device that works for you. You may want a thicker or thinner style of floss, waxed or unwaxed, flavored or unflavored. Whatever you use, be sure to get in between your teeth and gums.
Also consider using an antiseptic mouthrinse (not just mouthwash). Brushing, flossing, and rinsing will remove much of the plaque and bacteria from you mouth before it can become a problem.
Doing those things will save you from a lot of problems, but a professional dental cleaning and exam is an essential final step to keep your mouth healthy.
What dentists do
No matter how well you clean your teeth at home, plaque may become trapped in certain parts of your mouth, between your teeth, or in pockets between your teeth and gums.
During your routine visit to our dentists’ office, you will receive a professional cleaning. Your family dentist or hygienist will remove any tartar that has built up inside your mouth.
Tartar is a harder substance that forms from plaque buildup. In most cases, brushing and flossing aren’t enough to remove it.
The dentist or hygienist also will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease, and he or she will polish your teeth with a professional cleaning tool.
If it’s your first visit (or one of we hope will be many subsequent visits), we will take X-rays of your teeth. This allows the dentist to see if you have any structural issues with your teeth.
Regular X-rays will help you dentist identify changes in your teeth and bone structure. This is a great way to head off problems early.
Your dentist or hygienist also may see signs that you grind or clench your teeth. Many people do this unconsciously, either in their sleep or as an involuntary reaction to stress. This could lead to a TMJ disorder that could lead to problems with eating, headaches, and muscle soreness. Fortunately, our dental team can treat those problems as well.
Your dentist will also check for signs of oral cancer. Obviously, this is something we hope we don’t find. But if we do see something suspicious, we want to find it as soon as possible. Early detection makes successful treatment much more likely.
Time to schedule your appointment
If you already make regular appointments for check-ups, great job. Please keep it up for the sake of your health.
If you have been putting off making your appointment, we hope you realize regular check-ups can prevent many problems. Even if you have been faithfully brushing and flossing, you may not remove all the plaque in your mouth.
If that plaque buildup leads to tartar, then you could be in for some serious consequences. Tooth decay, periodontitis, and tooth loss are all possibilities.
You don’t want those things to happen to yourself or any member of your family. Dentists don’t want them to happen to you, either, and that’s why they want you to make regular check-ups a routine. We would much rather see you every six months than see you once when you don’t have a choice because of a dental emergency.