There are some people that come into the dentist on a regular basis. They have an annual check-up and get their teeth cleaned at least twice per year. For most people, though, dental care is an afterthought. They come to the dentist when they have an injury or a toothache. There are many reasons for this. For some, they don’t realize how important your dental health is and how poor dental health can affect your general health. For others, they just can’t afford it. It can be difficult without dental insurance, but for these people, they should understand that the cost of an exam can save them money in the long run.
How Will Changing How I Think About It Change the Priority?
When you consider your health you immediately think of a medical doctor. You probably go to see this doctor at least once per year for an annual physical. During this physical, you get blood drawn, and you get a physical exam. Your doctor goes over your health issues and checks to see how they are doing. He changes or updates medications and makes sure any health concerns that were being treated are healing properly. You probably wouldn’t think of ignoring this visit.
Your oral health is equally as important. Infections in the mouth can travel to other parts of your body depending on where the infections are and what they are. Your doctor may do a preliminary exam of your mouth but tend not to check for things like gingivitis and gum disease because it isn’t their field of study. However, if you have certain medical conditions you have to take antibiotics prior to dental treatment to prevent bacteria from your mouth from invading the rest of your body. This is why dental visits should be a priority.
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