I’ve Never Been to the Dentist – Why Should I Start Now?
While many people visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and a check-up, there are others who only go to the dentist when they’re in pain. Then there are those who simply don’t visit the dentist at all. Some don’t have dental insurance or don’t believe they can afford dental care. Others may be scared of the pain of a root canal or other dental procedures. There are even some people who don’t see the need for dental care for whatever reason.
If you’ve never been to the dentist before, you might wonder why you should start now. Whether you’re 16 or 60 and have never seen a dentist, here are a few reasons why you should make an appointment today.
Your Oral Health Is Important
The biggest reason to visit a dentist is that your oral health is important. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you will eventually lose them. This isn’t a painless process, either—as your teeth rot from cavities, the roots will be exposed to air, food, and drink. This can cause a great deal of pain. You’re also likely to get gingivitis and, eventually, gum disease. Your gums may bleed and become very sensitive. They will pull away from your teeth, making it even more likely that you will lose some of them as they no longer have the support they need.
Oral Problems Can Spread
Another issue is that bacteria that enter your body through your mouth can spread to other parts of your body. Oral health issues have been found to have connections to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, infertility, kidney disease, and even cancer. Basically, your oral health and overall physical health are intricately linked and affect each other.
You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Smile
Do you hate your smile? If so, a visit to the dentist can help. A cleaning or whitening treatment will remove stains and make your teeth pearly white again. Fillings can take care of cracks, while other types of cosmetic dentistry can remove other embarrassing issues. We can even replace missing teeth with implants.
If you’re ready to visit the dentist for the first time, Dr. Laurence A. Langer is here to help you. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and don’t be embarrassed to say it’s your first time.