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Why You Should Regularly Visit the Dentist

If you’ve been putting off the dentist so long that it should be in the world record book, you are not alone.

We understand why people put off regular visits: the cost, fear of the unknown, fear of being judged, or simply because they don’t want to. Those are all valid concerns, but the complications that come with a lack of preventative treatment is a far greater concern.

An hour or two in the dentist’s chair is better than years of restorative treatment that comes with high price tags and invasive procedures. Regular visits to your friendly neighbourhood dentist are the best thing that you can do for your mouth.

Don’t Let a Negative Dental Experience Stop You From Getting Care

It’s perfectly reasonable to experience lingering trauma from a past visit to the dentist. Why would you want to subject yourself to more pain and/or judgement?However, the more you visit your dentist, the less pain that you will feel, especially during routine cleanings.

The discomfort that you may feel while getting your teeth cleaned is a result of bacteria build-up and gum inflammation. If you visit the stop in for a cleaning every three to four months and a dental exam once a year, you have a greater chance of keeping your teeth and gums happy and healthy. Think of it this way: the less bacteria that you have in your mouth, the less discomfort you will feel.

Reducing the levels of bacteria in your mouth is good for your whole body: anything you eat or drink has to pass through your mouth first, meaning bacteria can be collected and transported through your digestive system.

Not Visiting the Dentist Will Cost You More in the Long Run

You work hard for your money and you want to keep it for things that you enjoy. Your idea of fun probably isn’t sitting in the dentist’s chair with your mouth wide open while someone pokes and prods at your gums. But, like paying taxes and other not so fun side-effects of adulthood, paying for visits to the dentist is something that has to be done.

Going for a routine exam or cleaning can be expensive, especially if you don’t have coverage from your employer or your coverage has been reduced. The good news is that catching problem areas before they spread is a lot cheaper than restorative treatments. Would you rather spend $100 to $200 on a cleaning or thousands of dollars on getting your teeth fixed?

We Help You Face the Fear of the Unknown

Remember when you had that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when your teacher handed back your test and yours was the only one face down? You thought “if I don’t look at it then I won’t know how bad it is.” That might be true, but then you also don’t know how you can fix any problems that you may have. Not acknowledging the problem doesn’t make it magically disappear, no matter how much you wish it did.

It’s the same thing for visits to the dentist. Something to keep in mind is that dental visits don’t prevent dental disease and lack of dental visits don’t create dental disease. The biggest and best reason to come in for regularly scheduled visits is to catch diseases before they spread. This will save you money and time.

If you’ve been putting off visiting the dentist for any reason, think about the long term consequences: time spent on restorative treatments and thousands of dollars to repair damage that could have been prevented. Contact Dr. Andrea Stevens today to learn how you can be proactive when it comes to your dental health.

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