Why should I see a dentist if my teeth don’t hurt?
Your Smile is important and the health of your teeth has an impact on your overall health. But what if your teeth feel and look great to you?
Many people still believe that unless they are experiencing pain or have broken a tooth, it’s not necessary to see a dentist for regular examinations, but in a healthy mouth you shouldn’t be feeling any pain or sensitivity with your teeth!
“Pain should not be the only factor that makes you decide to go to the dentist.”
The fact is, dental pain is usually a warning that you have left an undetected problem too long.
Each tooth has a soft inner core consisting of blood vessels, lymphatic tissue and a nerve center. It plays an important role in the growth and development of the tooth, but once the tooth comes into the mouth, it is the lifeline that brings nutrients to the tooth and also sends out sensory signals in response to trauma and disease.
If you have ever broken a tooth or have had a painful cavity, you know the pain signals that your nerve sends out as a warning! However, it is actually located far enough away from the tooth’s outer surface that by the time an advancing cavity reaches the nerve it is usually too late to repair the problem with a simple fix.
The fact is, many oral disease are silent. We usually think that if our teeth are “quiet” that they are healthy, but you have to treat your oral health as you would your overall health.
Regular maintenance check-up exams allows us to catch and manage the early signs of disease, before they become bigger, more complicated issues. At Your Smile Dental Care, we are here to help our patients restore their smiles to optimal dental health so that their future focus can be on prevention! We think that by encouraging our patients to maintain regular check-ups and cleanings and teaching them how to prevent dental problems before they occur is time well spent.
How often should you be going to the dentist?
Our recommendations are based on your own individual, “specific to you” oral health, medical conditions and lifestyle habits. Maintaining regular professional dental care allows us to monitor and evaluate your oral health and advise you accordingly.
Some people see us twice a year for their regular check-ups and cleanings, while others, who have more tartar build-up or who are at a higher risk for cavities and gum disease, need more frequent visits. It is important to understand that there are many changes in our lives that can impact our oral health and change the schedule of our dental visits.
“Even if you maintain an excellent oral care routine and always have good check-ups, you still need to continue a proactive attitude to help ensure that you and your dentist can always stay on top of things.”
And, it is especially important to take care of your teeth and seek professional dental care if you are in one of the following high risk groups below:
- smoke or use tobacco products
- are pregnant
- have diabetics
- have current gum disease
- have a weak immune system
- tend to get cavities or build up plaque
- suffer from *dry mouth (see below)
- have limited dexterity
- have poor dietary habits
- Snack frequently or sip a beverage other than water all day
- have bulimia or acid reflux
*Dry Mouth: If you suffer from dry mouth your oral health may be at risk. People can develop dry mouth for a number if reasons, especially if they have:
- diseases, such as bulimia, Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus or pernicious anemia, that alter the flow rate or content of saliva,
- are receiving chemotherapy with drugs that cause xerostomia
- are receiving radiation therapy directed to the head or neck.
Knowing that here are also a number of oral health problems that can exist before you even begin to have symptoms will better help you understand why seeing your dentist regularly is so important for your oral health. We want to catch and treat problems early before they become more complicated.
If you’ve put off regular dental care – for whatever reason – do not delay any further. Your Smile is important!