November is just around the corner, and with it, one of the biggest holidays of the year. This holiday of course, is Thanksgiving. During this time of the year, it’s normal to be thankful for friends, family, and other important people in your life.
What about the healthcare professionals that have kept you healthy throughout the year? When giving thanks for these people, remember to thank your dentist.
Here are four good reasons to thank, or schedule an appointment with, your dentist.
1. Your Dentist Helps You Achieve Good Oral Health
Achieving good oral health isn’t always as simple as brushing your teeth and flossing every day. In order to get optimum results, you need to know the correct technique when brushing and flossing. Also, you need to know the best products to use for the condition of your teeth.
A dentist can recommend special types of toothpaste and even what kind of toothbrush to use. Dentists can let you know if an electric toothbrush is beneficial for you. The more you listen to your dentist, the better your chance of achieving good oral health.
2. Your Dentist Helps Prevent Certain Diseases
It’s important to get your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. Besides helping to prevent gum disease, regular teeth cleanings can help to prevent other types of disease, including oral cancer because dental professionals can detect the early signs of oral cancer when cleaning your teeth.
There is also a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. This means that along with oral cancer detection, getting your teeth cleaned may also help you prevent heart disease.
3. Your Dentist Keeps Future Oral Disasters From Happening
If you don’t get small problems with your teeth taken care of right away, they can easily turn into bigger problems. For example, if a cavity is left untreated, it causes bacteria to go deeper into the tooth. This makes the cavity even bigger. If the cavity reaches your nerve, you may end up needing a root canal or the tooth will need to be extracted.
However, if you get regular dental checkups, you may avoid a more invasive procedure, and you’ll also likely save money. For example, a root canal easily costs around $1,000. You might also need x-rays and a dental crown, which are added expenses. Compare this to the cost of a simple filling which is between $50 and $300.
4. Your Dentist Helps You Look Your Best
Many dentists offer cosmetic dentistry. This type of dentistry helps you to improve the look of your teeth. When you have nice teeth, you have a nicer smile, which increases your confidence.
Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures include:
- Teeth whitening. Exactly how it sounds, teeth whitening makes your teeth whiter and brighter.
- Dental veneers. These thin pieces of ceramic help to treat damaged teeth and can help to fill in gaps between your teeth.
- Dental implants. To replace a missing tooth, implants are inserted into the gums and topped with a crown.
- Composite bonding. This is another way to fix cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth and fill in small gaps.
If you have teeth that are slightly crooked, some dentists can also correct the alignment of your teeth. Tooth alignments improve your smile and prevent jaw problems from occurring.
Do you have a dentist to thank for all they have done for you and your teeth? If not, contact Accent Dental to schedule your appointment; new patients can download and complete our patient registration forms before the appointment. Our comprehensive dental services include general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, and prosthetic dentistry.