Did you know that about 26% of adults have untreated tooth decay? Unfortunately, many people see dental care as optional, or essentially, something to be done only if something hurts. In reality, dental health is an important part of overall health. If you go to the gym and eat a healthy diet, you should also be going to the dentist on a consistent basis, this is the same with going to your dentist – if you go as you are supposed to, you will have healthy teeth!
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, being nervous or unsure is understandable, but it is something that is essential to your mouth and teeth’s overall health.
You may be surprised to discover that many patients are advised to come twice a year. A professional teeth cleaning, though, is relatively inexpensive and easy compared to the cost and time involved with having a cavity filled. A patient with a sweet tooth and a history of frequent cavities, for example, may be instructed to come in more frequently. Your dentist can advise you on a checkup schedule that matches the level of care your teeth require.
Patients surprised to hear they have cavities, or gum disease (an incredible 64 million people in the U.S. do!) may be wondering what they’re doing wrong—oftentimes, it’s not as obvious as brushing twice a day and flossing. After hearing your unique daily routines, your dentist can advise you on easy changes to make that can protect your teeth and keep them sparkling white.
Did you know, for example, that brushing your teeth immediately after drinking orange juice in the morning can harm your teeth? The beverage’s high acidity can weaken and damage enamel. Most experts recommend waiting at least 30 minutes after consumption, before brushing.
There are a lot of reasons your mouth might be hurting, and a dentist can answer this question through the use of a few simple tests. If it becomes clear that the issue isn’t a cavity, you may have sensitive teeth. This can occur when the enamel thins and stops protecting your teeth. Your dentist can diagnose whether this is the result of chipped teeth, bruxism (grinding), or receding gums. Gum disease is a frequent issue dentists deal with, and a frequent source of pain for those who haven’t had a check-up in a while.
When’s the last time you took a visit to the dentist? The dental experts at All Pro Dental can answer your pressing oral care questions and advise you on the best course forward for staying happy, healthy, and smiling. Contact us for an appointment or to ask your oral care dentists.