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Have you fallen into these 3 dental traps?

Jun 20, 2012

Know what’s positive about procrastination? It always gives us something to do tomorrow!

Many of us procrastinate taking care of our oral health for various reasons: scheduling conflicts (real or imagined), personal finances, no insurance, or one of the worst reasons: because we have no pain in the ol’ pie hole we’re convinced everything is hunky-dory. 

Your oral health is an important part of your overall physical health so it’s important that you give it as much priority as other aspects of your health maintenance, like eating right, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep.

There are three common mistakes many of us make when it comes to our dental health.  Avoid these three and you are on the road to good dental health.

  • Postponing dental trips until you feel pain This is one of the biggest and most common mistakes many of us make. In a recent post I made the analogy that putting off preventive dental visits is like delaying changing the oil in your car until the oil light comes on. Duh!

Some people put off dental visits because of fears that their dentist may discover a major oral complication like severe gum disease or recommend an expensive treatment like a root canal or dental crown. C’mon, that’s no different than when I play hide and seek with my preschool-age grandkids and they think Granddean can’t see them when they cover their eyes. 

Avoiding dental trips because of fears of what the dentist might find or suggest is about as effective but we’re all old enough to know better. Besides, if you do have a major problem it will be less painful, less expensive, and possibly less dangerous to treat it sooner rather than later.

Just remember that regular checkups are meant to detect and address minor issues before they become expensive major problems.

  • Those headaches you experience may be caused by a dental problem. Headaches and migraines often are caused by teeth or jaw problems. For example, temporomandibular disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint syndrome or TMJ, is a group of symptoms that may include a headache, earache, pain or tenderness in the jaw and surrounding muscles in the neck, back or shoulder,  limited jaw movement and a clicking or popping sound in the jaw.

Wisdom teeth complications and impacted teeth are two additional problems of many oral-related possibilities that can manifest itself as a headache.  If you are experiencing headaches or symptoms like those described above, don’t make like Woody Allen and imagine you have a brain tumor. But do consult your dentist as soon as possible. 

  • Skipping regular cleanings and teeth whitening  You know, folks that think that brushing and flossing their teeth means they don’t need to attend to regular dental visits is akin to believing that rotating your car’s tires every 10,000 miles preserves the life of your engine. I repeat, duh! 

The purpose of routine dental visits isn’t just to explore potential concerns. Dentists will often scrape your teeth during a routine visit, removing plaque and tartar because doing so reduces the risk of gum disease and demineralization.

For those interested in more than merely removing plaque and tartar, teeth whitening has become increasingly popular despite the pixels and ink many of us have read critical of these products and the bleaching process. While it is true that home-kit teeth whiteners contain abrasive ingredients that can weaken tooth enamel (hydrogen peroxide) and cause sensitivity if improperly used, these home kits often will whiten your teeth if used judiciously and you don’t expect results overnight.

Those with more stubborn stains or discoloration due to smoking, drinking coffee or because of medications may require a professional cleaning. 

In July this blog will focus in more detail on cosmetic dental procedures like teeth whitening, veneers and implants so be sure to check back in July for the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

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