Visiting your dentist might be a chore to you. However, there are times when people seek out going or times when they should.
Almost half of the UK population admit that they have a fear of going, so why do people visit the dentist?
Defacto are going to tell you 10 reasons why people do or people should visit the dentist.
Toothache is usually a tell tale sign of your mouth asking you to visit the dentist. Most of the time this is caused by tooth decay, Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold. It can also be caused by; cracked teeth, loose or broken fillings, recceeding gums and abcesses (we’ll come back to them). If you have toothache for more than a couple of days, head to your dentist as soon as you can to have it treated. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get. Fact: 31% of adults have tooth decay.
The main reason your gums might bleed is a buildup of plaque at the gum line. If you don’t get this seen to it will lead to a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums. Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar. This will lead to increased bleeding and a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease known as periodontitis. It could also be brushing too hard but you should always get any concerning activity checked. If the bleeding is long term then you really need to visit the dentist. Fact: 66% of people have visible plaque.
Teeth Falling Out/Cracked or Broken Tooth
The best way to avoid tooth loss is mainintaing a healthy and regimented brushing routine. Dental diseases, congential absence or trauma are the causes of missing teeth. The most common cause, once again, is periodontal disease. This is a localised infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, which can lead to loss of bone. This can progress to the point that teeth fall out on their own or are deemed beyond repair or are too compromised to be useful and must be extracted. Upon experiencing any of these symptoms you should visit the dentist immediately. Fact: 74% of all adults have had to have a tooth extracted.
Marriage is a big reason that people visit the dentist, specifically women, because they want to have nice teeth for the big day. Invisilign has made it easier to get straight teeth, it’s faster and you don’t have to wear the metal. So a lot of people are signing up to get their teeth altered so they look picture perfect. Some people even get a whole new set of them! Might be considered vain but it’s still a reason to visit your dentist. Fact: Nearly half (48%) of the population are unhappy with their teeth.
Many people see someone else smile and end up focusing on their own. Seeing someone with straighter or whiter (or even more) teeth than you can make you feel bad about your smile. So that’s another reason for someone to head down to see what kind of aesthetic treatment you can get. Fact: 94% of those polled said they are likely to notice a person’s smile when they meet them for the first time.
A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, the bone that holds the teeth or in the gums. It will be caused by a bacterial infection.
If you are suffering from an abscess at the end of a tooth it is called a periapical abscess. An abscess in the gum is called a periodontal abscess. It’s important you get help as soon as possible, because abscesses wont disappear on their own. They might spread to other parts of the body and make you ill. This wont go unnoticed, your face may swell, you may loose sleep and you will be suffering from a good bit of pain. Fact: 29% of us suffer from regular dental pain.
Mouth ulcers (also known as canker sores) are normally small lesions that show up in your mouth or at the base of your gums. They can be irritating and result in eating, drinking, and talking being uncomfortable. You are more at risk for developing mouth ulcers if you are a woman or having a family history of mouth ulcers. The most common cause is oral herpes and they usually heal within a fortnight, however, if they don’t you should visit your dentist. Fact: More than a quarter of adults only visit the dentist when they think they have something wrong.
61% of adults in England, 60% in Northern Ireland and 69% in both Wales and Scotland now claim they attend their dentist regularly. However, a quarter of adults admit that they haven’t been to the dentist in the past two years. Visiting the dentist can be daunting or even feel like an inconvenience but just remember that you only get one set of natural teeth. Don’t waste them.
All facts and figures are taken from National Smile Month