You've got to love scientists who are beavering away behind the scenes trying to make your visits to the dentist less harrowing in the future. These clever people are now developing technologies and techniques that could mean the end of cavities and fillings for you. Is this too good to be true? What is in the pipeline, currently?
New Techniques Ahead
Scientists at a number of different universities are trying to perfect a technique that will be commercially available to dentists, which can rebuild teeth with minimal discomfort.
Whether you trip and fall, are struck with a ball, or get into fight with someone, a blow to the mouth usually results in some form of oral injury. However, while fat lips and bruised jaws—aside from the pain—are fairly minor, other oral injuries might require an immediate visit to your dentist.
Identifying possible dental trauma; however, can be tricky initially as what might appear at first glance to be nothing more than a minor injury might later become a dental emergency.
The next time that you have any hesitation about going to the dentist, stop for a moment and think about the benefits. You will of course be familiar with the specific dental benefits (including a healthier mouth, fewer cavities and a nice smile) but what about the rest of your body? What do you need to think about?
The Bigger Picture
The medical and scientific professions have been able to link good dental health practices to specific benefits for rest of your body.
Are you at risk for the development of gum disease? One study in America estimated that almost one in two adults had some stage of gum disease, whether mild, moderate or severe. In addition to poor general dental hygiene, what are some of the bigger risk factors associated with gum disease? What can you do to try and avoid its onset?
Do It Every Day
The dentist will tell you that the primary cause of gum disease and the development of periodontitis is plaque that's simply allowed to build up without being removed.
Are your two front teeth too long? Do you feel uncomfortable when smiling because you fear what others might think or say about your teeth? According to a recent survey by Bupa, about a quarter of people hate smiling for this very reason. The fact that almost everyone on TV and in magazines has gleaming, straight, white teeth doesn't help matters either.
People are under more pressure than ever before to look their best, and teeth are a big part of what makes a person physically appealing.