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10 reasons to go to the dentist

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Fear, anxiety, lack of money, and delusion are some of the reasons why people often manage to spend years without consulting a dentist. In Pakistan, there is a staggering majority that has not ever visited a dentist primarily due to the very common misconception that dentists rob you of your money with unnecessary charges. Whatever the reason may be, a biannual visit to the dental clinic is extremely beneficial for you in the long run.

  • Improve Overall Health and Well-being

Dental health and overall health are correlated. Good oral health maintenance will significantly reduce your risk of serious systemic health problems because the condition your teeth and gums can have a devastating influence over all major systems in your body.

  • Bad Breath Woes

A rather common occurrence for just about everyone, halitosis, or bad breath, sometimes might point towards a grave underlying systemic condition such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, bronchitis, etc.

  • Periodontal Disease Prevention

Gingivitis and periodontitis are two conditions affecting the gums and tooth-supporting tissues. Signs pointing towards periodontal disease include halitosis, red, swollen, loose, and bleeding gums, however, occasionally there are no evident symptoms of disease progression.

  • Attrition and Abrasion

Tooth wear and tear is a natural physiological phenomenon. Adults specifically are more prone to conditions that lead to abrasion or attrition. To avoid further complication, a dental consultation is crucial.

  • Long Overdue Follow-up

Certain conditions are often masked in front of the average individual and only a dentist can help diagnose an underlying unapparent condition.

  • Bleeding Gums

If after every time you brush, you notice traces of blood in your bathroom sink, then you need to request an appointment with your dentist. Gum disease is not the only culprit as improper flossing and rigorous brushing are partially to blame as well. Inadequate plaque removal leads to bleeding and if left unattended, it will progress to form tartar.

  • Tooth Retention

Preventive dental care directs its attention towards preventing tooth loss. The most effective way of prevention is proper oral health care measures at home followed by biannual dental checkups. Regular dental exams, fluoride application, and scheduled professional cleaning are essential for dental maintenance and hence tooth loss prevention.

  • Maintain a Healthy Smile

Dentists can help you maintain a bright and healthy smile by thoroughly cleaning otherwise difficult to reach areas as well as provide you with plaque protection treatment options.

  • Boost Self-Esteem and Invoke Confidence

Your smile makes a lasting impact on whoever you meet. According to various surveys, the majority voted that the first and most noticeable feature they observe when first meeting someone is their smile. A generous portion of the youth specifically struggles with self-esteem issues due to various such problems. A healthy and bright smile can invoke confidence and boost your self-esteem immensely.

  • Prevention is Better Than Cure

Regular checkups are more cost-effective because the amount of money spent on regular checkups is much lesser compared to the hefty amount that will be spent after the disease has progressed and calls for strict and expensive measures.

 

April 6, 2017

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