No, I’m not a dentist, I’m a tooth. But, being a tooth leads to lots of dental questions from friends, neighbors, family, and even TSA personnel at airport screening. But hey, who better to ask a dental related question than a tooth, right?
The questions people ask me range from the obvious, “where are your ears?” (on my head) or “what’s behind that tough outer shell?” (dentin, cementum, and pulp silly) or “how’d you get eyes, hands, feet, and a mouth?” (smelting accident); To the very sincere, “is there really a tooth fairy?” (of course!).
But regardless of the person, place, or time, the main question I’m asked is, “if I haven’t been brushing and flossing regularly for years, is it too late to save my smile?”
No way, even if you have lost ALL of your teeth, it’s never too late to save (or rebuild) your smile!
So where do you start and what do I need to know?
- Go buy a new tooth brush, dental floss, and a non-alcohol-based mouth rinse. Then go home and start brushing, flossing, and rinsing today! On his dental blog, Dr. Todd Welch (AAP Board Certified Periodontist), lists quick and easy oral health care techniques. WikiHow also offers techniques on brushing, flossing, and rinsing how to (including videos).
- Find a dentist that you trust, as well as one you are comfortable working and being open with. Why? Because it’s likely you don’t go to the dentist now, due to lack of trust, as well as comfort level (AKA dental phobia). Where can you find a good dentist? Ask your friends and colleagues, research their recommendations, and interview a couple dentists before you choose one. Remember, choosing a dentist based on your dental insurance coverage alone, is not the right way to find a dentist that’s right for your individual needs.
- After you have selected a dentist, schedule a complete oral exam and cleaning as soon as possible. In all likelihood, you will need to have tartar and calculus removed, as well as get checked for gum disease, caries, bone loss, and other minor side effects from lack of regular dental care. The good news is that many of the dental problems you may have now, can be reversed or rectified with regular dental visits, as well as daily brushing and flossing.
- The dental technology available to dental practitioners today, is light years ahead of what was available just a few short years ago. Today, quality, esthetics, comfort, knowledge, and treatment options are nothing short of amazing. DentalTown compiled a list of “game changers” in dentistry today (as submitted by clinicians themselves).
Did you know your over-all body health is directly related to your oral health? Early signs of other health issues can be detected through your oral health.
But, the best reason to take care of your teeth? Your smile! You can’t smile on the outside, without smiling on the inside! There is actually scientific evidence that shows that smiling triggers chemicals that act as natural mood elevators. These chemicals make us feel better, elevate our attitude, and bring joy.
-Mac the Molar