You have many reasons to care about your mouth.
Yet, you may not be doing everything that you should to keep your mouth healthy.
Things happen. You meant to schedule a dental checkup, but you had that thing at work … or a family event … or you forgot.
Today is the day to get back on track. We could give you plenty of reasons to visit Jennifer Perkins, DDS, and our team in Huntsville, AL. Instead, today we will give you five good reasons to schedule a visit with us soon. Some are reasons you already know. A few may be things you hadn’t considered.
Regardless of why you’ve stayed away, we hope you will visit us soon for your sake and for the sake of your smile. Call 256-801-0002 now to set up your appointment.
➤ It’s Been 6 Months (or more)
Let’s start with the basics. Routine dental care is important, and it can be invaluable in preventing the kind of problems that require expensive and sometimes invasive treatments.
For most people, getting a dental cleaning and exam twice a year is a good guideline to follow. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, which can go a long way in helping you avoid tooth decay, which can lead to cavities, tooth infections, and tooth removals. It also can prevent gum disease, which is the top cause of tooth loss in the United States.
Exams are just as important. If you already have some decay or a mild gum infection, we would much rather catch it early, when treatments are both simple and more effective.
People with chronic oral health problems may want to schedule more than two cleanings per year. Regardless, if it’s been more than six months since you sat in a dentist chair, we hope you will sit in one of ours in the near future.
➤ You Are Having Frequent Headaches
You’ve woken up how many mornings in a row with a headache? How many days this month?
If this is a recurring problem, it’s possible that something you are doing in your sleep in the cause. Millions of people grind or clench their teeth in their sleep. This puts added pressure on the temporomandibular joints, and that can lead to TMJ problems.
The effects of this nighttime grinding can go beyond just headaches and earaches. You may struggle with jaw pain in the morning or after eating. You could have a stiff jaw as well.
When you make an appointment, we will be looking for signs of wear and tear on your teeth. This can damage your enamel and raise your risk of cavities and gum infections.
If we notice a problem, we can recommend solutions to protect your smile and ease your pain.
➤ You Use Tobacco
Using tobacco may be the worst thing you can do for your oral health.
We’ll repeat that for emphasis. Using tobacco may be the worst thing you can do for your oral health.
Tobacco (of any kind) raises your risk of gum disease dramatically. It also makes gum infections more difficult to treat and more likely to return. Yes, it makes you more likely to get cavities as well.
From a cosmetic standpoint, the ingredients in tobacco products can cause stains to form more quickly on your smile. It also affects your breath.
We can help address all these problems that are directly related to tobacco use, but there’s an even more important reason you should schedule a dental exam if you are a current or former tobacco user. You have a higher risk of oral cancer.
These kinds of cancer often can be treated, but the success of those treatments is much better when the cancer is detected early. We will be watching closely for any symptoms that could indicate that you should be tested.
➤ You Are Pregnant
Some people believe that they should avoid the dentist during their pregnancies. The truth is that dental care may be more important during this time of your life.
You already know that your body goes through all kinds of changes during pregnancy. Hormones are being released that make your womb a healthy environment for your baby to develop and grow. Unfortunately, some of those hormones are also beneficial to the bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities and gum disease.
Indeed, while men are more likely than women to have gum problems, your risk of gum infections increases when you are with child.
It’s true that you may want to postpone some particular procedures until after your baby is born. Nevertheless, preventive care can help avoid problems so you can focus more of your time on being a parent to your child.
➤ You Are Embarrassed to Smile
If you would like to change something about your smile, you have a lot of company. Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars every year trying to change the appearance of their teeth.
When you don’t like your teeth, they can become an obstacle to achieving your goals. You may not apply for that job you want if you are worried that you’ll be judged based on the condition of your teeth. You may turn down a chance to meet a romantic interest for similar reasons. You also might decline an invitation to get together with friends and family if you feel like you have to hide your mouth every time you talk.
You can improve your daily life by improving your smile. You can do that with a smile makeover at our office. You can choose from a range of cosmetic and/or restorative services to create the smile of your dreams.
Don’t Wait Another Day
Dr. Perkins and our team of professionals are more than ready, willing, and able to help whether you have a dental problem that needs to be fixed or you want to avoid those kinds of problems.