For what seems like a profession that’s focused on making your teeth and smile look better, dentists are actually concerned with your health, as well. Many people think that you only go to the dentist for thorough teeth cleaning and when you have toothache. In truth, there are a lot of things going on in a dental check-up. Dentists don’t usually bombard you with medical details, but usually they check your head and neck first for any swollen lymph nodes or how your lower jaw joints move. They examine your gums for any signs of disease, for broken teeth or any damaged fillings. Often you’ll hear your dentist communicate with you like a close friend, asking more about your dental practices, your diet, or your reasons why you missed the last appointment. Communication is the key to understanding the causes of your dental problems and how he or she can convince you to come back for further check-up. Dental cleaning and check-ups are recommended every 6 months. This is to keep your oral health in check and prevent further tooth damage.
Dealing with Tooth loss and Dentures
Dental check-ups are meant to keep your teeth intact and prevent cavities from spreading. But there will be times that tooth decay can get to an extent that it needs extraction. Tooth loss may look easy to deal with. You have it extracted and experience some pain, then it all seems that the ordeal is over. In reality, gaps in your teeth can have effects on your eating habits and the way you speak. First, there’s that missing teeth when you smile. Second, it’ll affect the way you eat, chewing meat and other types of food will be difficult. It’ll affect your diet and the way you digest food. It can also affect how you speak and pronounce words aloud.
This is where dentures come in. Many young people cringe on the thought of wearing false teeth because of the way they saw it from their grandmothers or older people. However, modern dentures have mostly eliminated its negative characteristics. It’s now designed to look as natural as possible, matching the color of your other teeth. It’s also now more comfortable to wear and easy to maintain.
Dentures are not mainly made for aesthetic appeal. It can improve your smile compared to before with missing teeth, but it has other important benefits to its owner. At first it’ll take time to get accustomed to wearing something within your mouth. If it feels uncomfortable and painful to wear, its best to go back to your dentist for refitting.
Dentures will help you look younger. When you lose teeth, your facial muscles also lose support, especially near the jawline and cheeks. This may not be substantially noticeable for young people, but can make a big difference over time. Wearing dentures can support these muscles and jaw structures. With that, you’ll be able to speak clearly. Missing teeth can affect how you pronounce words especially those with sounds S and F. It’ll take time to get used to speaking with dentures but you’ll notice that you’ll sound more normal when wearing it. Overall, this can improve self-confidence and interaction with other people.]]>
The ADA encourages kids, adults and seniors to confer with their family dentist to establish a personalized schedule for visits.
The study found that because different people face different risk factors related to dental care, it’s best to establish custom schedules that may occur more or less frequently than the standard six-month time frame.
For example, people who exhibit at least one of the three risk factors for periodontal disease — smoking, diabetes or a genetic variation called interleukin-1 — may choose to visit their pediatric dentist more frequently to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Conversely, low risk patients may find that a once annual teeth cleaning may be enough to ensure optimal dental care.
Similarly, the recommended frequency of oral x-rays varies depending upon your risk factors related to oral hygiene. Kids, for example, have still-developing teeth and jaws, and they are at higher risk for tooth decay than adults. Because of these factors, the ADA recommends that kids get oral x-rays more frequently than adults do.
Adults, kids and seniors may receive oral x-rays when first visiting a new family dentist to establish a baseline to which the dentist can compare later x-rays. Oral x-rays are important because your family dentist can’t identify every single dental health issue through a routine visual inspection.
Oral x-rays allow your family dentist to get a more comprehensive look at your teeth and jaw, helping to identify gum disease, early-stage cavities and in some cases, even tumors. Catching signs of deteriorating oral health early is key to complete recovery.
Receiving oral x-rays is as important to your overall oral health as regular teeth cleanings and at-home brushing and flossing.
No matter how old you are, standard Salem OR dental care such as brushing and flossing are imperative for making sure your teeth and gums stay healthy. Parents should be especially vigilant that kids brush their teeth, even though kids often fight parents on this important preventative measure.
A 2012 study from the Ad Council found that 31 percent of U.S. parents with kids aged 12 or younger argued with their kids at least once a week about brushing.
The same study found that 60 percent of U.S. parents with kids aged 12 or younger did not help their kids make sure to brush their teeth properly.
Meanwhile, 16 million American kids have tooth decay that’s not being treated by a family dentist, according to the ADA. Oral health is very important to kids, adults and seniors because it affects other areas of physical health.
Problems with oral hygiene can lead to heart disease, obesity and diabetes, according to the ADA.
Good dental care requires diligence at home and regular visits to the family dentist. A well-rounded oral hygiene plan will keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your life.]]>