Why It Is So Important To Bring The Whole Family To Your General Dentist
If you asked several practicing dentists about their patients that are missing many or all of their teeth, most of them would probably say that these individuals got to a bad start early in life. We now have enough knowledge about what causes decay and what protects our teeth (such as fluoride and dental sealants) that individuals should be able to live most if not all of their lives with the majority of their natural teeth.
Unfortunately, some individuals get a bad start to their oral health by developing bad oral hygiene habits and skipping visits to the dentist from a very young age. When we procrastinate dental work and neglect good dental health habits, the cosmetic and general dentistry procedures that we need become exponentially more expensive. Did we mention that you are also paying with quality of life (think full dentures)?
So what are some of the things you should do for your family to help prevent these expenses?
Choose a dentist early on in your child’s life and stay with them if possible. If you switch between multiple dentists, each new set of eyes will only be seeing your family’s mouth for the first time. By staying with the same dentist, you have a professional who knows your mouth very well, which results in better care. That is why it is important to pick the right dentist from the start.
Get a professional dental cleaning 1-2 times a year. If you have dental insurance, your insurance company will usually cover close to 100% of the cost. If you don’t have dental insurance, you don’t get the benefit of free cleanings but you can learn from this insurance policy. The insurance companies have done research and have found that getting a routine cleaning will prevent expensive dental work down the road, so don’t be nervous to pay that cleaning fee – it will save you money in the long run.
Make sure that you understand the most current oral hygiene procedures – not only how often you should brush or floss but also the proper techniques. When you go to your cleaning, ask your dental hygienist or family dentist for instructions for the best home care of your teeth.
Diet! Be aware of what foods can cause cavities, cracks and even chemical erosion. Many of the foods we eat are the culprits for the dental problems we face. Have you ever chomped down hard on a popcorn kernel? This can cause cracks. Discuss this subject with your dentist as well for the most current information.
Remember, your dentist is on your side. If you follow your dentist’s advice to take care of your teeth, you can expect healthy and beautiful teeth throughout your life.