If you were to make a list of all of your least favorite things you are supposed to do regularly in your adult life, undoubtedly going to the dentist would be near the top of your list as well as everyone else’s. Even dentists probably do not like going to the dentist. It is not enjoyable for anyone, but it is one of those daunting tasks that will eventually serve you in the long run. Since it is a New Year, here are some reasons to quit avoiding the dentist. Perhaps you should try and make this your resolution.
- More checkups equal less agony
You want to avoid dentures or dental implants, and the best possible way to do so is simply not letting your teeth rot. With the amount of sugar in the everyday American diet, most of us are fairly susceptible to cavities and quick decay of teeth and gums. The more frequently you visit the dentist, the less painful each visit will become. It is similar to neglecting to brush your hair. If you brush it everyday, the comb will run smoothly though, but if you do not brush it for months at a time you probably have dreadlocks, and dreadlocks would make for very painful hair brushing.
- Cavities only get bigger
Let’s go back to that whole sugar in our diets issue. Sugar is the leading cause of cavities and unfortunately, once they begin to form there really is no stopping them from getting even bigger. The longer you wait to get a cavity filled, the higher risk your tooth is from eventually falling out. If a cavity reaches the nerve of your tooth, the next step is to have a root canal. If that does not work, the tooth is dead and will eventually need to be extracted. Scared? Put down the cookie…
- Your kids turn into you sooner or later
Set a good example for your kids. If you hate going to the dentist, so will they. And if you never go to the dentist, neither will they once you stop forcing them. Make this easy on yourself, and pretend to smile when you make your next appointment. No one should stand by and watch their kids’ teeth rotting when there is something they could have done about it.
- You get free stuff!
Missing your travel toothbrush again? It is way too easy to leave that behind in the hotel room. Luckily, you get a free toothbrush every time you visit the dentist, so don’t sweat it! If you’re lucky, you might even get some dental floss.
- You will never have to visit a cosmetic dentist
Everybody knows cosmetic dentistry is a step up from general cleanings and fillings. You think you have problems now? Take them to the cosmetic ward and see what that dentist has to tell you. Regular visits means you will never have to take on the really serious oral problems many others have to face.