We all take a look at our teeth from time to time. Usually in the mornings and evenings after we brush and floss, and maybe throughout the day to make sure there’s nothing embarrassing stuck between them from lunch or a snack.
Most of us probably think our teeth look alright; maybe our smiles could be straighter or whiter, but we generally believe our teeth and mouths are healthy. But is everything what it seems on the surface?
A Closer Look
Now, take a look at this image of tooth captured with an electron microscope. While this is clearly not a healthy tooth, the extent of damage would not be remotely visible to the naked eye.
The American Dental Association (ADA) and other leading health organizations recommend that most adults visit their dentist for a thorough exam and teeth cleaning at least twice each year. Yet many people skip regular dental checkups because they don’t see or feel obvious dental health problems.
The Importance of Dental Exams
Many potentially severe dental health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are not accompanied by indicators that are immediately noticeable to those who suffer from them.
Your routine checkups allow your dentist, using advanced dental technology including digital X-rays, to diagnose and treat conditions at their earliest stages. Remember that your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. Without timely treatment, problems that affect your teeth and gums can eventually impact your systemic health.
Options for Dental Anxiety
Unfortunately, some people avoid the dental care they need because they feel anxiety over dental treatments. Fortunately, not only is modern dental care increasingly comfortable and noninvasive, but there are options to help people cope with dental phobia.
One increasingly popular choice is NuCalm. NuCalm is a drug-free method that provides a deep state of relaxation for your dental appointment; unlike alternatives such as prescription sedatives, NuCalm has no side-effects and requires no recovery time.
If you’re seeking a knowledgeable, compassionate dentist in the Colorado Springs area, please contact The Studio for Exceptional Dentistry or call our office at 709-602-2614 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Andrew Hall.