Raise your hand if you have been to the dentist in the last 6 months? Did you know that many people in their 20s can’t remember the last time they went to the dentist? I used to be one of them.
Although I don’t remember going to the dentist yearly growing up, I had braces and got regular cleanings between 8th-10th grade. After that, I quit going. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I made my first appointment after almost 10 years.
I learned the importance of oral health, embraced my smile, and have been going twice a year after that. Now, I am passionate about encouraging others, especially young adults, about going to the dentist.
Here are 5 important reasons to schedule regular dental cleanings.
Regular checkups and cleanings can help prevent major oral diseases like gum-disease and oral cancer. Brushing and flossing are incredibly important, but there are parts of your mouth that are difficult to clean. Regular cleanings help control plaque buildup and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
In addition to oral health, one of the things that surprised me the most about visiting the dentist was learning that oral health is connected to overall health. Mouths are an entry point for bacteria, and that bacteria can get in your digestive tract and much more. Clean, healthy mouths are a great start to overall health.
Typically, this is what first brings adults to the dentist. Have you ever had gum or teeth sensitivity that flares up when you drink or eat something too hot or cold? It sucks. Not only is it painful, but it can cause headaches and affect your sleep. Scheduling routine cleanings, however, can prevent you from having these problems in the first place. Preventative care is always less expensive than diagnostic care.
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This may be an exaggeration, but no one wants to be known as the guy or girl with bad breath. It doesn’t matter how attractive and nice you are, bad breath can be a deal-breaker. Sometimes bad breath is caused by an underlying problem that needs to be professionally addressed. Don’t live with bad breath, go get a cleaning.
Three and half years ago, in one of my very first blog posts ever, I shared that my smile was one of my favorite accessories. However, it wasn’t always like that. I used to be incredibly self-conscious about my big teeth and thin lips. Once I started taking care of my teeth and getting regular cleanings, I started to embrace my smile. Now, I get more compliments on my smile than my hair.
A few weeks ago, I went to Northeast Dallas Dentistry and had my first ever Zoom Whitening treatment. Talk about a confidence boost. I walked out of there with the whitest teeth I have ever had. To be honest, I was nervous to have it done, because I was worried about sensitivity. However, I only experienced brief, sharp sensitivity pains for 8 hours (less than 8 times). They were totally manageable and completely worth it for the whitest smile of my life.
Not every dentist offers this, but if you live in Dallas and are searching for a dentist, check out Northeast Dallas Dentistry. Dr. Olivia Santillan and her team are incredible, knowledgeable, and helpful for adults with all kinds of oral histories. Plus, they use all-new equipment and make your visit as comfortable as possible. You may even forget that you are at a dentist office.
Right now, they are offering a free Sonicare toothbrush with every new exam for patients who mention they heard about the office through this blog. Just tell them at booking that Jessica at Love You More Too referred you, and walk out with your own Sonicare after your appointment. This counts with and without insurance. I have used mine every day since and notice such a big difference in my teeth. Honestly, I never brushed my teeth a full 2 minutes until I got this toothbrush because it’s much longer than you think.
When was the last time you went to the dentist? What has kept you from going? Leave me a comment below.
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