TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO THE DENTIST
By Dr. Rosa Tran Bank e, DDS
1. You’ll get bad, stinky breath
Your mouth will start to smell as you get halitosis (bad breath) if you do not visit the Dentist at least 2x a year. For example, some people think chewing gum will just cure the bad breath. That’s like not taking the trash out from the kitchen and just spraying it with Lysol… right?
2. Your teeth will feel grimy with bacteria and plaque
Bacteria and plaque like to grow and spread around in the gums and teeth when not cleaned properly by a Hygienist or Dentist, and the teeth look yellow, dull, and feels rough and grimy. It’s like dust bunnies and debris on the floor; you can feel the debris with your bare feet and the floor feels dirty and not so smooth.
3. You’ll get puffy, red gums called Gingivitis
This is the before stage of Gum Disease when not handled or prevented in its early stages. It is just inflammation of the gums. That means there is some swelling and bleeding that can occur when brushing or flossing. People think it’s normal that gums bleed when they brush or floss, but actually it’s not. Just like it’s not normal for your hands to bleed when you wash them, right?
4. Gum disease (Periodontitis)
Gum disease is a silent but deadly killer to teeth and the overall health of a person. It actually follows Gingivitis, if it is not handled then. It can actually cause High Blood Pressure, increase the chance or severity of Diabetes and also be the cause of cavities. You can never feel it as it’s starting and the day you can, it may be too late. It’s like mold growing under the tiles and nobody knows it’s happening until you finally decide to question the green mold around the tile. When you remove the tile, the mold has now spread to the other tiles (same as in teeth) and you have to remove all the other infected tiles as well.
5. Heart attacks
The overflowing plaque and bacteria can eventually make its way into your bloodstream. It can clog arteries and cause plaque in the arteries. The mouth is like the engine to the car; a clean engine makes the car operate efficiently and run well with less problems. So take care of the mouth and the heart and body will be a happy camper.
Similar to the heart, the bacteria can also make its way up to your brain. Bacteria is bacteria and it spreads like wildflower.
Studies have shown that Gum Disease can cause many problems to parts of the body, even in the stunt of growth.
8. Birth Problems
Studies have shown that the birth mother can transfer her bacteria to her fetus from constantly swallowing the bacteria, and can cause delay in the fetus development, premature births, low birth weights, and even stillbirth.
9 . Dementia
Poor oral health increases your risk of developing dementia by 30-40%. So make sure to keep coming for oral maintenance to keep those memory cells working!
10. Save money
Prevention is the best cure! If you neglect your oral health, you will potentially need to spend thousands on extractions (you have 32 teeth), and eventually dentures. Patients who start early and see the dentist regularly for their checkups have less issues, can study better without teeth-aches, function better at work, miss less school days, miss less work days, and even get sick less!
– Dr. Rosa Tran Bank e, DDS