Give Your Smile Some Style: 7 Reasons To Visit A Dentist

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Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Nov 03, 2021

Question: When is the best time to go to the dentist? Answer: Tooth-hurty! Ok, so going to the dentist isn’t exactly a whole bunch of fun. But there are lots of truly excellent reasons why you should make a regular visit to the tooth doctor – and no, it’s not just to get on the happy gas.

So, you think you have a pretty good eye for fashion. You think you’re down in the style stakes and know how to rock a sharp pair of Manolos and a classic Chanel sleeveless pink knit. Well, that’s all great but here’s the thing. The most important fashion item you have isn’t something you put on your body. It’s in your mouth.

And that’s because it is your smile. Yep. Those teeth you neglected and abused during lockdown – we know, staying in your pjs till noon, not showering for a couple of days, leaving the Zoom vision off during business meetings – and only brushed once a day are the best fashion accessory you will ever have. And here’s another tip, a great smile never goes out of fashion.

Keep Your Smile Dentist

Which is exactly why you need to take care of those teeth. They need to last you your entire life. And unless you have a hankering for false teeth – like somebody who was born in the 1920s before modern dental hygiene became a thing or George Washington, who had a wooden set of falsies – you need the help of a professional. In other words – get yourself to the dentist, girl!

Take a look here at our list of the Top 7 reasons you should visit your dentist regularly.

  1. Check on the Health of Your Teeth and Gums Overall

People often think a dentist only works on your teeth but that’s not correct. Dentists also check your gums, your current fillings, any cracks in your teeth and the condition of your mouth overall. If they notice your gums aren’t in good shape, they can give you treatments to help with this so it won’t develop into a major problem.

Dentists also check if your teeth are showing excess wear from grinding, acid in your diet or tooth brushing that’s too vigorous. The dentist can help you change your habits so your dental health improves.

It’s usually recommended you see your dentist every six months. But if you’ve kept up your visits for some years and your dental health is at a high standard, your dentist may say they only need to see you every 12 months.

The other major benefit of seeing your dentist regularly is they’re able to find areas of concern which could turn into larger issues for you later on down the road. For example, if they find a small cavity developing, they can often fix this immediately before it becomes a problem.

If the dentist finds you or your children suffer from a high number of cavities, they’ll check on why this is happening. It could be because you’re allowing plaque to build up and they can show you how to remedy this. Many people who don’t see their dentist regularly can experience plaque build-up and gum diseases and they’re not aware they have a problem. A dentist can also screen for early signs of oral cancer and other major health issues.

  1. Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy

If you don’t go to see your dentist regularly, you can get to the point where one of your teeth is so decayed it needs to be extracted. We only have one set of adult teeth so let’s take good care of them.

  1. Learn More About Correct Dental Hygiene

Most people brush their teeth once a day and never floss.

The dentist will reinforce how important it is to brush your teeth after each meal and to make sure you floss correctly at least twice each day. This way, you can help fight the bacteria in your mouth and promote better dental hygiene.

One condition which often develops is gingivitis – caused when plaque isn’t removed properly from your teeth during cleaning. Your dentist can clean your teeth correctly to remove the plaque because if it’s left on your teeth for long periods of time it can cause serious inflammation and other effects.

If you have children, it’s so important they learn the rules of dental hygiene early. The more regularly children go to the dentist for check-ups, the more likely they’ll learn not to be afraid of going to the dentist. They may even come to enjoy it!

  1. You’ll Get Help With Any Other Related Issues

Often, we don’t know it but some of our other health concerns are related to our dental health. For example, if you’re not sleeping well, experiencing headaches or grinding your teeth – these can all be related to your dental health.

If you’re grinding your teeth, your dentist will be able to help with this. Being able to target and treat these issues is another major benefit of regular dentist visits.

  1. Eliminate Bad Breath

When we have bad breath or halitosis – it’s not just a matter of waking up with it each morning or thinking you only have it because you’ve eaten the wrong food. Halitosis often occurs from poor oral hygiene habits or other medical conditions. So it’s important to visit the dentist, who can help fix this. Let’s face it, no one wants bad breath!

  1. You’ll Have Peace of Mind

It’s always worthwhile to have your teeth checked so you can rest assured everything is in good shape because our dental health has such a major effect on our overall health. Regular visits to your dentist will lead to far greater peace of mind for you and your family.

  1. Make Sure You Have a Good Smile

They say smile and the world will smile with you. So, let’s look after one of our most valuable assets. Your smile is part of your character – a part of the way you greet people and it’s something people remember about you.

Reap the Benefits of these Top 7 Reasons to Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Everyone can be incredibly busy these days but making the time to see your dentist is just one of those things which makes a lot of good sense. You wouldn’t leave your car un-serviced so it’s even more important to see your dentist regularly.

If these top 7 reasons to visit your dentist regularly have shown us anything, it’s that seeing our dentist is one of those things we need to make a priority.

Finally, make sure you do your research. You can start by finding a good dentist. While health insurance providers such as GMHBA offer dental cover that can reduce your out of pocket costs when visiting a professional dental practice in your area.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com. She is the only person to edit and publish Australia's three biggest flagship magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea. Robyn was Group Publisher of Bauer Media's most successful and prestigious magazines including Woman's Day, Good Health, Grazia and ran Hearst in Australia including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison. Voted one of B&T's 30 Most Powerful Women In Media at the Women in Media Awards Robyn was a keynote speaker at Pause 2021, Cebit & J&J Women In Leadership. Robyn was also the winner of the prestigious Magazine Publisher Association’s Editor of the Year award.

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