When was the last time you visited a dentist? Let me, paraphrase the question – when was the last time you visited a dentist for a regular consultation?
To my guess, may be, never! With experience I realise, people remember a dentist only when they have a tooth pain and not otherwise unlike periodic blood tests and regular body checkups. We are in the Information Age, but somehow we still perceive dentistry as part of Stone Age. The fear, the dilemma with dental treatments is so overwhelming that most of us never visit a dentist for regular check-up of our oral health. We rely on brushing and some good peeps do thread or water flossing.
My simple question to all reading this further is, “Is that enough?”
Let us uncover what constitutes real oral care and how vital it is like the rest of the body.
Despite the most meticulous brushing and flossing, you could have cavities and gum disease. It can be due to your eating pattern or genetics. In order to retain strong shinning healthy teeth and gums and be able to enjoy all kinds of food that you cannot resist, until you turn septuagenarian, a visit to a dentist you trust, every six months is non-negotiable.
The beauty of your glowing skin and a fit healthy body rests in the perfect health of your mouth as it is the only source of all food in-take.
Why is it important
When a dentist takes full mouth X-ray and examines the health of your jaw, glands, teeth and muscles, they give an overview of your holistic oral health that helps in early detection of the problem than trying to control the problem later when it’s aggravated. Hence, planning a periodic dental examination must be a part of your overall health regime in addition to the religious brushing and flossing every day.
Every mouth tells a story. Yes, that’s true. The oral health is a window of your overall health. When your dentist examines your oral condition, they can tell you if you have an underlying medical condition. Mouth is the first site for changes in case of any medical problem.
Dentistry has taken a massive preventive stride rather than just pathological treatment. Like there are fluoride applications for prevention of cavities, deep gum cleaning and Laser therapy for prevention of gum disease and many other such techniques that encompasses your well being.
Pit and fissure sealants help in preventing cavities. These are done for children and adolescents who are at high risk of developing cavities.
If you’re a contact sports player, you may want to get a sport guard/ mouth guard made to help safeguard your teeth.
This preventive route is excellent for your pearly whites and saves you from a hefty financial burden uncalled for. Quality dental treatment may sound expensive, but isn’t prevention a pocket friendly decision to make?
Comprehensive oral care is regular examinations reinforced with preventive therapy and that takes care of complete health.
Some tips to follow at home:
- Keep yourself hydrated.
- Try water flosser instead of regular flossing, water flosser is more convenient.
- Use a fluoride Toothpaste.
- Don’t forget to clean your tongue.
- Eat raw fruits, vegetables and salads.
- Limit sugar and acidic drinks intake.
The views expressed in this article are attributed to the writer, Dr. Harleen Gandhi Kalsi, Founder and CEO, Meraki Dental Studio and Cosmetic Dentist (NYU, USA)
For more information on Meraki Dental Studio or Dr. Harleen Gandhi Kalsi please connect with Niti Aggarwal, MensenTock Communications, New Delhi