Studies show that 85% of Americans believe that visiting the dentist is very important to their overall health, yet, 42% don’t visit as often as they should. Most people are skipping regular appointments and only heading to the dentist when something is wrong. For some, this is because they think that everything is fine and they don’t want to waste either the dentists or their own time. For others, it’s out of fear. Around 75% of us experience some level of anxiety around going to the dentist, and would rather avoid it. If you aren’t sure if you should visit the dentist or not, here is a look at some of the top reasons to get that appointment booked today.
You’ve Got A Toothache
The main reason that people go to the dentist is that they’ve got a toothache. Often, it’s not even mild toothache. They’d waited, coping by taking pain killers, until their toothache has become more severe, and is affecting their day to day lives.
At the first sign of a toothache, even if it’s not too bad and you’ve been to the dentist recently, book an appointment.
You Worry About Your Smile
Smiling has many health benefits. But, many of us are self-conscious about our smiles. We don’t want people to see our teeth, so we either don’t smile at all or try to do it in a way that keeps our teeth out of view. If you worry about smiling, cosmetic dental work can be a fantastic solution. If you don’t like your teeth, you aren’t stuck with them how they are. There’s plenty that can be done to give you that confident smile that you have always wanted.
You Haven’t Been for Over a Year
We shouldn’t be going to the dentist only when something is wrong. We should be going for preventative work, not just to correct problems. If you haven’t been to the dentist in over a year, make an appointment for a checkup, and to get advice on looking after your teeth better.
There’s Some Sensitivity
Most of us experience sensitivity in our mouths from time to time. Often when eating or drinking very hot or cold foods and drinks. It’s often perfectly normal and can be treated by changing your toothpaste or practice better oral hygiene. But, sometimes sensitivity is a sign of an underlying problem which only your dentist can diagnose.
You Have Other Oral Symptoms
Toothache and sensitivity aren’t the only reasons to visit the dentist or the only things that can be wrong in your mouth. If you’ve got any lumps or bumps, you get frequent mouth ulcers or lesions, or you have any other pain or discomfort in your mouth, your dentist should be your first point of call.
Your Breath is Less Than Fragrant
Our breath changes depending on what we’ve eaten, how well we’ve brushed our teeth, and how much we’ve had to drink. Your breath may also smell different if you are taking certain medications or suffering from a cold or sore throat. But, smelly breath can also be a sign of tooth decay and gum disease. If your breath isn’t as fresh as you’d like, ask your dentist to take a look.