In my opinion, which may be a little biased, being a dentist is the most rewarding jobs of all time (despite many people dreading having to visit the dentist), because we have the necessary tools to help give people a confident smile, a healthier mouth, and help people in other areas of their general health.
Many people don’t realize that oral health (dental health in particular) is very much related to overall health. Have you heard the phrase “healthy teeth, healthy heart”? It’s a rather precise saying. By making sure your mouth is healthy, especially your gums, may mean that you have a lot more than a gorgeous healthy smile… but it can help to keep your heart healthy too. There has long been a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, although researchers haven’t figured out what the exact link is. Some research has pointed to a direct link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease, so this is a pretty good argument as to why it is important to take good care of your teeth and gums. There has also been studies that indicate that bacteria from gingivitis could enter the brain through nerve channels or through the bloodstream which could even lead to the later development of Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease has also been found to cause respiratory infections in the lungs, including pneumonia. Gum disease has also been related to diabetic complications, as Inflammation of the gum tissue and infection can make it harder for your body to control your blood sugar and aggravate diabetes symptoms.
Although we may not be your favorite people to visit, regular dental appointments for cleanings and check-ups are important, our team of dentist and hygienists work together to check for cavities and plaque or tartar on your teeth in addition to your gums. Although you may not notice, we also look at your tongue, throat, face, and neck- we do this to make sure there are no signs of trouble, swelling, or cancer.
We also do a professional cleaning of your teeth, which we know is usually our clients least favorite part, especially when we use our special tools to remove plaque and tarter (this is called scaling). After your teeth are scaled, they are usually polished to remove any surface stains on your teeth.Finally, we do a good floss job to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.
For those of us in the dental profession, our goal is to make sure you have a healthy teeth and gums. We will also give you pointers on how to keep your teeth healthy and look for areas of improvement.
Even though you may not be happy to come see us, as a dentist, I am happy to know that I can benefit your smile and your overall health. Your smile when we are finished with your appointment is the most rewarding part of my job.