A recent study looked into dental phobia and those patients current health conditions. Of 10,900 participants, 1,367 patients identified as dental phobic. The results showed that dental phobic patients were much more likely to suffer from dental decay, cavities, and had one or more missing teeth than those who were not dental phobic. In correlation, their quality of life was affected negatively—not allowing them to fully flourish physiologically, psychologically, socially, and emotionally. Did you know missing your regular dental appointments could do so much damage? Here are 3 solid reasons why you should visit your Mansfield dentist every six months.
1. Dental cleanings in Mansfield remove harmful bacteria and debris.
Your mouth is full of intricate crevices that can be difficult to reach with even the best toothbrush. Patients with excellent dental hygiene habits can do a great job at removing that harmful, sticky film that covers our teeth otherwise known as plaque. But, what happens when that bad bacteria starts to harden in the places that are hard to reach? Missing dental appointments with Dr. Hamm is really missing an opportunity to remove potential dental diseases from your mouth. You could be leaving your teeth and gums vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and tooth loss among other dental problems.
2. Your dentist can detect and reverse dental problems early on.
Dr. Hamm can examine your head, neck, oral tissues, teeth, and gums when you visit our office. We’re able to detect early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, and oral cancer. If any abnormalities are spotted, both your dentist and you can work together to develop the best treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.
3. Your dentist considers your overall health, not just your dental health.
A healthy body reflects a healthy mouth and vice versa. There are many cases where dentists are preforming their normal thorough dental examinations and notice health issues that point to severe issues. There are countless stories of dentists discovering patients either have or are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and strokes just based on the condition of their gums. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can help keep your whole body in good shape! Dr. Hamm is here to help you do that.
When was your last routine dental appointment?
Visiting your dentist saves you time, money, and ultimately your natural teeth. We understand dental phobia is a very real fear for many patients, but we can’t stress enough that our dental office is here to help you not hurt you. If you have severe dental fear, call our office and ask about our different sedation options to help you relax during your appointment.
Make visiting your dentist a habit starting today. Contact our Spring office to schedule an appointment!