When it comes to the health of our teeth, there is a staggering amount of ignorance abound. All we really know is that we’re meant to brush them twice a day, but beyond that, little else. Occasionally we might visit our Sun City dental healthcare professional for a check-up if we’ve noticed anything wrong, but on the whole there is a great big gaping hole in our appreciation for good oral health and hygiene.
And so, in this four-part article series, Sun City dentists will be explaining 10 different things they wish all their patients knew. These information tidbits range from important facts we should know about dental health to the kind of appointment etiquette we’d all appreciate if we were dentists, too. At the end of the day, dentists are humans and we should learn to take our oral health as seriously as they do.
Item # 1: Dental X-rays aren’t dangerous; they’re necessary.
“So many patients turn down an annual dental X-ray because they are frightened it might cause cancer,” says one dentist in Sun City. “The reality is, just one hour in the sun exposes you to far more radiation than a set of dental X-rays and yet you don’t shy away from the beach. What you should be worrying about is what ailments, infection or decay might lurk beneath the surface of your gums, between your teeth or in your jawbone and what might happen if they remain undetected by X-ray.
“This diagnostic technology is so important in the early detection and treatment of a great variety of oral ailments. Even our highly trained eyes can’t always pick up on health issues, especially if they are located underneath the gums or inside your teeth. Early detection and treatment not only prevents permanent damage to otherwise healthy teeth; it also saves you a whole lot of money on the cost of advanced treatment for problems that have become severe due to neglect.”
Item # 2: Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.
“All you need to spend money on to really care for your teeth is a professional cleaning by an oral hygienist twice per year and a dental check-up once per year,” say Sun City dentists. “If you’ve had gum problems in the past, it’s better that you see your dentist twice per year. This is, of course, in addition to the obvious toothpastes, floss and toothbrushes. It’s not a lot of money to spend on something that is of extraordinary importance to your social confidence, quality of life and ability to eat and speak properly. Yet so many people neglect their teeth.”
Stay Tuned for Part 2
Stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series to find out more important facts our Sun City dental healthcare professionals wish we all knew.