Your Dentist Does not Want To See You More Than Twice A Year
No, this is not a lie. Your dentist really does not want for you to have to come into the office more than twice a year for your preventive maintenance visits (prophylaxis or "cleaning"). When your mouth is healthy it means few dental appointments, so why else do you think you get the oral hygiene lecture at every dental appointment? However, sometimes an old filling falls out or a tooth breaks, and that is when your dentist wants to see you. Dentists want to help preserve your smile and help you to keep it as healthy as you possibly can.
You Can Give Up Flossing
You read that right. Throw away your floss, right now. Oh, you did not have any? That's not a big surprise since most patients confess that they never floss at all. Instead, new research shows that water flossers like the WaterPik are just as or if not more effective than flossing. Clinical studies show that water flossers remove more bacteria from under the gums and between teeth than traditional string floss. This is because the stream of water can reach deep into gum pockets and in the concavities in the natural tooth anatomy. It's easy to handle and you can adjust the pressure or temperature to your liking. So there; Switch to a water flosser and you'll never be asked to floss again.
You Really Need To Complete Your Dental Treatment In A Timely Manner
Dental disease does not correct or reverse itself. In fact, the longer you wait, the more advanced and costly the treatment will become. So often patients put off their appointment because the pain goes away. Little do they know how often it flares back up on a Saturday night leaving them in severe pain and trying to track down the emergency line for their dentist. Usually by that point the tooth is in need of a root canal or an extraction.
Patients also delay care due to financial concerns. What is important to emphasize again, is that treatment only becomes more expensive as it becomes more advanced. There are many financing options available to dental patients that enable them to pay for their treatment in a way that is flexible and fits their lifestyle. Your dentist wants to keep your costs low and your mouth healthy.
You'll Be Forgiven
If you have not been to the dentist in ages, do not beat yourself up over it. To some people "forever" means missing one cleaning, while others it's 20 years. Every person's mouth is different and just because it's been a while does not mean the first visit back is going to be horrible. Your dentist will work with you to get back on track to a healthy mouth, and sometimes it means taking baby steps. Do not worry if you think they'll hate you for waiting so long. They will not, we promise.