Well, actually, there is nothing funny about dentist, but sometimes a little dental humor can make a trip to the dentist look less scary. Over the decades, comedians like Carol Burnett have done what they could to make people laugh about the dentist, which might help relieve some of the fearsmany have when it comes to visiting the dentist for whatever reason.
Some people are afraid of the dentist no matter what, even when it comes to something as simple as getting a cleaning. For some, the thought of a root canal insites instant panic, even if the dental appointment is still a week away. How you care for your teeth can determine how often you need to visit the dentist.
Home Dental Care
Your first defense against tooth issues is a good home dental care routine. That starts with brushing your teeth twice a day, every day, and sometimes more. You should be brushing in the morning and once at night. You may also want to brush them after meals. You should brush them for a complete two minutes each time.
You also should be flossing daily in order to remove bits of food between your teeth. You can rinse with mouthwash to also help loosen and clean out more food debri from your teeth. Good care of your teeth starts from home, and includes eating healthy and vitamin rich foods, and cutting back on sugars.
Regular Dental Visits
Most dentists recommend that you come in for a checkup and thorough cleaning twice a year. Some people think less often is fine, but a regular visit can help detect issues early. You may out about a cavity in an early stage or be able to start turning around gum disease before it’s too late.
Make emergency dental visits when you break a tooth, get a major cavity, or notice some painful mouth pain. Don’t ignore mouth pain until your next general appointment, or you could find an even more major problem, like an abscess or an infection.
Facing Dental Emergencies
Again, dental emergencies are something far more quickly dealt with than your regular cleaning schedule. If you get a tooth infection it could be life threatening of the infection gets into your bloodstream. For this reason alone you should get cavities and abscesses taken care of immediately.
Dental emergencies happen even to those that take the best care of their teeth. You may break a tooth when eating, or have one broken or knocked out while playing a round of hoops. If you do get a tooth knocked out, or break one, it can be very painful and definitely needs a visit to the dentist.
Take care of your teeth so you can keep them for longer!