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5 Things You Don't Know About A Dentist

08/22/2016 01:36pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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A dentist is simply a doctor in charge of your oral hygiene. So, let me ask you a question:

How many times have you visited a dentist this year?

Alright, you don't have to tell me your answer. Most people don't visit a dentist until they have severe problems in their oral area.

I am also part of this group even if I don't want to admit it. This is because most people are unaware of the importance and usefulness of a dentist. It is recommended that you visit a dentist at least twice in a year to keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Dental visits are supposed to start at the age of 8 years when the permanent teeth are replacing the milk teeth. Nowadays, psychologists recommends that dental visits should start at the age of 1 to eliminate the fear of dentists at an early stage.

Dentists normally work as partners and associate themselves to the bigger groups. While some of them work solely in private clinics, others work in the government, higher education, research programs or even in military.

A dentist will care for your oral cavity, teeth and gums by providing any of the following services:

• Crowns and bridges
• Dentures
• Home care advice
• Dental transplants
• Cosmetic procedures
• Gum disease treatment
• Mouth-guards
• Oral surgery
• Partial dentures
• Nutrition counseling
• Orthodontics
• Sealants
• Restorative care
• Tobacco cessation
• Root canal therapy
• X-rays and other diagnosis treatments
• Teeth cleanings and flossing.

These are the 5 things that you probably don't know about a dentist and how he can help you with your oral health.

#1. Cleaning

Cavities are the most widespread long-lasting disease of teeth and molars. This problem is created when you are careless in the cleanliness of your teeth.

Regular cleaning and scaling of your teeth is necessary so as to prevent tooth decay. If you don't properly clean your teeth, plaque (sticky layer containing bacteria) will be formed and dentist will remove this plaque by tooth scrapper.

#2. Flossing

A dentist will floss your teeth and show you the right method to brush and clean your teeth at home. During flossing, a waxy thread is passed between unexposed places of your teeth to remove every food particle.

You will have to bear major surgical treatments of your teeth if you choose to ignore minor issues in your oral cavity.

#3. Care Reminder

It is not okay at all to go to a dentist only when you have severe pain in your teeth or when your gums are bleeding.

A dentist will always remind you of your general teeth care even when your teeth area is perfectly okay and would give you useful advices on how to properly care for your teeth.

As a matter of fact, oral hygiene training should be given at preschools to teach the young generation about importance of oral care.

#4. Teeth Restoration

When required, a dentist will perform important treatments such as diagnostic tests for chronic diseases, biopsies and screening tests for oral cancer.

A dentist will examine every type of disorder in your mouth area like lumps, ulceration, discolorations and inflammations and then treat them accordingly.

#5. Diseases Indicator

It has been said that oral cavity and the nails are mirror to your internal health. Never ignore the little signs of your gums and teeth.

Your dentist will help you to identify major issues like cardiovascular disorder and diabetes. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends oral checkup as another way of chronic disease prevention.

You can get to know about other major health problems by getting your teeth and gums examined by dentist.

As a matter of fact, visiting a dentist may be considered uneconomical and time taking but at the end of the day, it is worth it. It is important that you take actionable steps and teach your children about oral hygiene.

Don't forget to spread the word.