It’s tempting to avoid going to the dentist, particularly if you don’t have a toothache. But doing so could cause more damage than good.
Even after recommendations to have dental checkups after every six months, most individuals do not see the importance of routine dental cleanings. The issue could be attributable to ignorance and dental phobia.
However, as insignificant as it may appear, routine dental cleaning is critical because failing to do so can have severe repercussions.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.9 percent of adults have untreated dental caries. In the meantime, 13.2% of children have untreated cavities. Without timely intervention, these cavities may progress to more serious dental issues.
Continue reading to learn 5 reasons why you should never skip a routine dental cleaning.
1. Prevent Cavities
For sure, regularly brushing and flossing your teeth can help prevent cavities.
It is feasible, regrettably, that you consistently skip an area when trying to clean your own teeth. There will ultimately be decay in that spot.
Initially, the cavity may be small and cause no uneasiness. However, as it advances, it may get into the inner layers of the tooth.
This will cause excruciating pain. Serious tooth decay can, in the worst-case scenario, lead to life-threatening systemic disease.
Having your teeth cleaned by a dentist twice every year can help prevent this. The cleanings will lower your chances of having decay.
If your dentist discovers a small cavity during your checkup, they will be able to fill it before it turns out to be a severe problem to your oral or overall health.
2. Routine Dental Cleaning Help Prevent Gum Disease
Gum diseases, like cavities, may not show noticeable signs in their initial stages. It all starts with a small infection in the gum tissue. But it constantly attacks and even severely damages the underlying bone tissue and the gum as it progresses.
It can eventually cause severe oral pain, tooth loss, loose teeth, and prolonged bad breath. It even increases your chances of having systemic health problems, such as a stroke or heart attack.
Because of all of the tasty dishes, treats, and drinks that await you during the vacations, your dental health is at an even greater risk than usual. Even missing one consultation can have a negative impact on your overall health.
A routine dental checkup allows your dentist to detect gum disease. They will detect this problem before it makes permanent damage to your smile or poses a serious threat to your general health.
If gum disease is detected early, it can be rectified with a few changes to your oral hygiene routine.
3. Can Prevent Plaque Accumulation
All of the scraping performed by the dental hygienists during your cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar accumulation from your teeth.
Even with daily brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar. A dentist can help remove it with specialized dental tools. This is especially true in the difficult-to-reach areas of your mouth that you may overlook while flossing or brushing.
Tartar removal can assist in keeping your mouth healthy. If not removed from your teeth, it can end up causing gum disease or decay. Regular visits reduce your chances of developing these dental problems while also improving the appearance of your teeth.
A routine dental checkup can make the next cleanings more bearable. Keeping plaque and tartar under control requires far less effort than extracting a large accumulation when you avoid going to the dentist regularly.
4. Whiten Your Smile
Have you ever felt self-conscious about your smile? A chipped tooth, a little yellowing, or crooked teeth could indeed make you feel embarrassed about your once-pearly whites.
Rather than concealing your smile, make an appointment for a dental cleaning.
Going to your dental checkup twice every year can assist in whitening your teeth. Although cleaning your teeth at home is sufficient to keep them clean, a dentist could go above and beyond to maintain the whiteness of your teeth.
Stains are caused by wine, coffee, and smoking for a long time. Cleaning will remove surface stains that accumulate between checkups. Besides, a dentist can provide more dental services, like whitening your teeth, to brighten your smile.
This way, you won’t feel self-conscious the next time everybody smiles in photos.
5. To Polish Off Your Toothbrush
You may have the nicest toothbrush on the planet. Sadly, even brushing twice a day isn’t always enough. You will still require the services of a dentist or a professional dental hygienist to examine your teeth.
They have professional tools that can effectively clean your teeth.
They also know where to look for issues. While you cannot get personal observation or an up-close look of your own mouth, a dental professional can.
Even though you floss and brush twice a day, it is critical to have your teeth cleaned regularly. A professional’s keen eye can prevent you from getting more serious oral health issues in the future.
This way, you can add a professional touch to your at-home cleanings.
Start Your Routine Dental Cleaning at Southeast Family Dental
Ignorance and dental phobia make some individuals not plan for their regular dental cleanings. However, arranging your routine dental cleaning is critical to maintaining good oral health.
Or else you risk developing dangerous oral diseases or cancers.
It is simple to get back on track by simply visiting a reputable dental clinic to ensure that your dental hygiene is in tip-top shape.
At Southeast Family Dental, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry, preventive dentistry, and restorative dentistry solutions. We perform this while focusing on your comfort and your amazing smile.
Contact us today to book an appointment.
Dr. Holly Austgen, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana reveals what that weird blue light is that your dentist uses, how it works and if there are any risks to your teeth and gums when using it. https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: What is that weird blue light my dentist uses? [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] Transcript Hi everyone. My name is Dr. Austgen from Southeast Family Dental and today I’m going to talk to you about a question we often get here at the office, and that is, what is the blue light that we use and is it dangerous? So what is it? That blue light is a dental curing light. It’s basically a piece of dental equipment that we use to harden or cure our resin or basically, tooth-colored filling materials, as well as some other materials that we use such as cements and bonding agents that we use to restore your teeth back to health. So how does this light work? When fillings are placed in the teeth, they are very soft so that they can be molded to the correct shape and anatomy. When the dentist or the assistant who is placing the filling is happy with the shape and the contour, they will then set the material to make it hard. That’s where the blue light comes in. We press the light, the blue light shines on it, and it will make the material hard as rock, strong enough for you to be able to chew on as soon as you leave. Okay, so here’s the big question. What about the blue light? Everyone wants to know what it is. So I’ll tell you what it’s not. It is not a UV light and it is not a laser. What it is, is a very strong blue light and it’s blue because it falls into the range of the wavelengths under the blue light spectrum. So like I said, it’s not a laser and it’s not a UV light. So it’s not going to cause any damage to your teeth or your gums. The only danger is if you look at the light for too long. It’s kind of similar to looking at the sun for too long. Dentists and assistants who place fillings are the most at risk. That’s why there is an orange filter on the light to protect our eyes. So no need to be concerned about the blue light or the curing light. It’s been a significant advancement in dentistry for us and allows us to place fillings that are hard, exactly the way we want them to be so you’re ready to use your tooth just like you wanted when you leave. Thanks for listening and remember, at Southeast Family Dental, we love to make you smile.
Do you suffer from fears and anxiety when going to the dentist? Or, maybe a trip to the dentist is a scary event for your child, which also stresses you out? Dental fears, anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It’s estimated that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fears. Some people (perhaps up to 20%) experience so much anxiety that they’ll only go to the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary. People experience dental anxiety and fears for various reasons, including: * Previous bad experiences at the dentist’s office. * Fear of pain. * Feeling helpless or not in control of the situation. * Embarrassment about the state of their teeth and gums. Being unfamiliar with the instruments, noises and smells in the dental office. This is especially true for young children. At Southeast Family Dental, we understand how the dentist’s office can cause anxiety and fears. But calming fears isn’t just for kids, some adults need help calming their anxiety at the dentist, too. So a dentist located in Northbrook, IL, has found an ingenious way to do just that. He brings a trained comfort dog into his office. The golden retriever soothes nervous kids and adults alike by comforting them during dental exams. In fact, the golden retriever has a sixth sense when it comes to figuring out exactly who needs him the most. A comfort dog really is an excellent idea to calm dental fears, because animals tend to have a soothing effect on people. Other ideas that dentists may use to calm your fears, include: * Providing you with an iPad and headphones, so you can listen to relaxing music or watch a TV program to distract you. * Offering you a blanket for warmth, comfort and the feeling of security. * Giving you nitrous oxide or other sedatives to help you feel relaxed during dental exams or procedures. If you suffer from dental anxiety and fears, talk to our team at Southeast Family Dental. We can talk to you about what to expect during your appointment and help you find ways to ease your fears. We want to make sure your dental experience is as calm, comfortable and stress-free as possible for you.
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences it at some point. It can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or stressed about a situation. While the occasional feeling of stress is normal, having feelings of stress all the time can take a toll on your health. IMPACT OF STRESS ON ORAL HEALTH Stress can have a major impact on your health, and it can have a similarly major impact on your oral health. Most people have probably experienced an ulcer at some point in their life, and an ulcer is just one example of the way chronic stress can negatively impact your oral and overall health. * When your body is stressed, it releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases your blood glucose levels. This increase in blood sugar can lead to inflammation, which can trigger the body's immune response to fight off infection or injury. However, when the immune system is overstimulated, it can lead to an increase in gum disease. * Not only can stress increase the chances of developing gum disease, but it can also increase your risk for more serious diseases, such as cancer. This is because your immune system becomes weakened by stress, and compromised health can make it harder for your immune system to fight disease effectively. * Additionally, stress can cause bruxism – an abnormal clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth while sleeping. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD causes pain in your jaw that can be chronic. And, since it does affect your smile, it's considered part of your oral health. If you are suffering from this, we may be able to help by finding a custom oral appliance you can wear at night to protect your teeth from damage. We can also recommend other ways to cope with stress and advise you on steps you can take to improve your oral health. WAYS TO MINIMIZE STRESS Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of stress on your body. Regular exercise is one of the best options, as it can help keep your body healthy, strong, and balanced. You should also try to stick to a healthy diet, limit alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water during the day, and try to get enough sleep each night. When you're under a lot of stress, you should make sure to keep up with your regular checkup and cleaning appointments. We can work with you to identify problem areas in your smile and take steps to help you prevent symptoms from getting worse over time. If you're overdue for your annual exam and cleaning, then it's time to give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We can be reached at (317) 359-8000. Our dentist's office is located in Indianapolis, IN, and we look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy for many years to come!
Southeast Family Dental is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bohnert and Dr. Laura Geiger have been selected by a vote of their peers to be Top Dentists, www.usatopdentists.com. and featured in the “Best of Indy” December issue of of Indianapolis Monthly. Indianapolis Monthly December 2018Dr. Bohnert is a 10-year winner and Dr. Geiger is a 3-year winner of the Top Dentist award. This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Indiana cast votes on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. Inclusion in Top Dentists is considered a singular honor. Dr. Laura Geiger responded to the announcement. “We are thrilled to have been voted Top Dentists. This honor shows us that we are meeting our mission to change the way you feel about going to the dentist, while giving you more reasons to smile.”
Drinking water is essential to your health. Water helps to transport nutrients in your body, regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints, helps build muscle, digests food and improves your skin complexion. And, yes, water really is healthy for your teeth, especially if it’s fluoridated. Some reasons why water is beneficial to your teeth include: * Tap water may contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in almost all water supplies. Also fluoride can be added to a town’s water supply. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, it has been shown to reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60%. However, it’s important to note that not all bottled waters contain fluoride. * Water naturally rinses your teeth and keep them clean. When you drink water, especially after eating, it helps wash away food particles and acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t brush your teeth while you’re out, drink a glass of water and swish the water around in your mouth to help clean your teeth until you can get home and brush. * Drinking water helps to decrease the pH level in your mouth. The neutral pH level in your mouth is 7.0. When you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages, the pH level can drop below 5.0. Too much acid can cause bad bacteria to grow, leading to tooth decay, which occurs when the pH level in your mouth is 5.5 or lower. But drinking water can help neutralize the effects of acid in your mouth. * Water helps alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. When your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva in your mouth, dry mouth can occur. You need an adequate supply of saliva to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria and to wash away food particles. Otherwise, a mouth that’s too dry can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Drink water as part of your daily dental health routine As you see, drinking water really is healthy for your teeth. So make drinking water a regular part of your daily dental health routine, in addition to brushing and flossing. But be careful of some seltzer waters. Some are advertised as water, but contain additional sweeteners that make them just as harmful as soda. Also, they are more acidic than flat water so should be limited due to their ability to erode teeth. Also, remember to schedule your biannual dental checkups with Southeast Family Dental by calling us at (317) 359-8000.