Going to the dentist is one of those things that we hate to do but which we know that we need to. For those of us who have perfect teeth, going to the dentist isn’t such a huge deal because all that it typically means is that we need a cleaning and the occasional X-Rays. However, for those of us who put off going to the dentist, and who don’t take care of our teeth the way that we should, we are more than likely setting ourselves up for disaster.
Did you know that what you eat affects the health of your teeth? Recently, I watched a documentary on a number of people whose diets consisted heavily of drinking a certain brand of soda. The result? More than half of their teeth were rotting or had rotted out of their heads! When are teeth aren’t healthy, it can lead to all sorts of other major health problems! For example, if you have a tooth that is bothering you, and you fail to have it checked by a dentist, the tooth may be infected, which may lead to a bacterial infection in your mouth. Because your gums are invariably made up of tissue that has all sorts of blood vessels, it can be extremely easy for an infection that started in your tooth to then spread into your blood stream, making your entire body sick. It’s not only a serious issue; it’s dangerous.
As responsible adults, we need to make sure that we are eating healthy each and every day. This isn’t to say that you can’t occasionally have a hamburger, hot dog, ice cream or even French fries; but everything should be done with moderation. Your diet should consists of heart healthy foods such as raw vegetables and fresh fruit. Fish is also good for you. You should limit the amount of coffee and soda that you drink and try to up the amount of protein in your diet from foods such as milk, yogurt and egg whites. Food items that are high in vitamin D will help keep your teeth and bones strong.
For the vast majority of Americans, going to the dentist is a very real fear for them. In some extreme cases, people actually have to take a Valium or some sort of sedative prior to even stepping foot in the office! For this reason, sedation dentistry has gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years. In other cases, preexisting medical issues force others to have very real concerns when going to the dentist. For example, if you or someone you know is diabetic, it is known that you have to be extra careful when it comes to bleeding, etc. If you are scared or have some sort of fear when going to the dentist, make sure that you discuss these fears with your dentist so that they can assess how best to help you. Going to the dentist should be a fulfilling experience, not something which causes you pain or anxiety.
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