1. Don’t Wait Until Something Hurts. This old saying continues to be true today.
So many of us procrastinate, much to our detriment. Patients procrastinate a dental checkup or treatment simply due to the false notion that “nothing hurts.”
Gum disease is a silent, painless, progressive killer of the bone around teeth. Periodontal disease is also a source of chronic low-grade inflammation to the entire body. Tooth decay is also painless until it becomes close to the nerve, which puts you at risk of needing more involved dentistry such as root canal treatment. Beware! The health of your mouth reflects your whole body systemic health. This is the mouth-body connection.
2. Plan what you would like to achieve. Always get a prioritized dental treatment plan for the problems that may exist in your mouth. Even if you cannot do all the treatment at the same time, you can get your treatment done in order of importance. This minimizes incurring unnecessary costs from “patchwork” dentistry.
I always list your recommended treatment in order of priority so you can accomplish the most important things first and perhaps wait on the other work if necessary. This is the best way to prevent dental emergencies.
As a well known Cosmetic Dentist, I do a lot of Cosmetic Dentistry and smile makeovers. Let’s face it, at Gentle Dental Care, I’m an expert Cosmetic Dentist; but we always treat Periodontal (gum) disease and deep decay before we begin elective procedures.
3. Good dentistry may be expensive. Bad dentistry is even more expensive in the long run. Many patients try to “shop” for the cheapest dentist they can find. Often, unknowingly these patients can find themselves under the care of a less than excellent dentist. In this case the dentistry you receive is bound to fail.
4. Remember to properly care for your new dentistry. Many patients finish large treatment plans and do not understand the need for follow up care or maintenance. Besides the obvious benefits of prevention, the periodic maintenance is a key component of your ability to function long term with any restorative treatment you may receive, and the ability of this dentistry to last.
5. “The head bone’s connected to the neck bone.” Meaning, your mouth is very much a reflection of what is going on in the rest of your body, and the oral/systemic link is a major topic of interest in medical research. In fact, oral disease puts you at greater risk of diseases of your heart, brain, liver, and pancreas to name a few. Conversely, good oral health is linked to living a longer and healthier life. Keep those regular dental checkups and cleanings at Gentle Dental Care to preserve your investment and your overall physical health.
Dr. Thomas Peltzer, Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, Connecticut 1-860-747-5711