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.
There's a good chance you carry a regular first aid kit with you, but have you considered investing in a dental first aid kit? This lesser known product is really handy to have around in a dental emergency. The products included can help you to preserve teeth that have been knocked out, reattach fillings or crowns until you can have them professionally replaced and carry out emergency repairs to your dentures.
If you're struggling with obstructive sleep apnoea (often called 'OSA'), you're probably talking about it with your doctor already. You might not have realised that your dentist is also an important part of dealing with this condition; sleep apnoea affects your teeth as well as other parts of your body, and by discussing the problem with your dentist you can limit the impact it has and potentially explore new ways to overcome it.