So you are starting to think that it might be a good idea to go to the dentist for a routine exam. Nice work! But if you don't have a dentist that you've visited regularly for a while -- or maybe ever -- you may be a little worried about what they might find. You really don't want to be lectured about your oral health, either. Well, don't sweat it!
Many people forget to have dental exams as regularly as suggested. The important thing is that you've decided to go now. It is usually recommended that you see a dentist once or twice a year, though different people may need treatment more frequently.
There are a number of compelling reasons why it is important for you to see a dentist regularly. A dentist may be the first to spot serious health problems like oral cancer and other systemic conditions. Your dentist will also help you maintain good oral health, and can diagnose and treat problems like tooth decay and gum disease -- before they become serious and require more invasive and costly dental treatment and gum disease treatment.
Stop putting it off!
If you are nervous about having to sit through a lecture on the importance of dental health, you don't have to worry. Most dentists have moved away from this anxiety-inducing strategy of placing the blame on patients. Dentists understand that your dental health is affected by of both environmental and hereditary factors, and they want to help you achieve an optimal smile.
Your dentist also knows that the more positive your experience is, the more likely you are to return! They will work with you to make sure that no matter when you decide to climb into their chair, you feel at ease and ready to address whatever problems are at hand.