Dentistry have come a long way from the good old bad times, when the so called dentist’s started working on patients in a barber’s chair. This was almost 800 years back. They did everything from shaving to extractions in one stretch. There was no electricity back them and at times they had to work on patients using candle light. As Dentistry have progressed over the years we have reached a point where a patient can get anything they want in terms of Cosmetics to pain relief. Anesthetics have played a key role in soothing the barbaric reputation of the history of Dentistry. Fast forward to today, going to a dentist is a pleasant experience for many in most cases unless they wait till the last minute until they can bear the pain no more. Back then many people have perished due to simple tooth infections, which today would be treated with antibiotics. The first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth start erupting. It’s this preventive approach to dentistry that will save us from future pain and suffering. It will also be lighter on your wallet.
But what has not changed is the the mindset of the people to not see their dentist every 3 months for their preventive maintenance. We see people spending much more on their cars than on their teeth. Their car visits the car wash at least two times a month to get washed and buffed up to sparkle. But what about the health of their owners teeth? Not so. Also they eat out at least two times a week. We have developed a mindset that says : once it breaks we will fix it. There is no pain now so why bother going to the dentist. It’s not hurting me now. Why waste that money when I can use that money to buy the latest TV or phone. So what are we waiting for? An adverse event to take us to the dentist? It is good to see your dentist in good times when your teeth do not hurt and to see him or her on a preventive basis rather than in bad times at times of pain and suffering. Which would you pick? People do not consider Dentistry an investment. That’s the problem. It’s an investment in themselves. That’s not how people see it. Time to make that change and focus on prevention rather than cure.
Dentist’s have gone through many hurdles, and personal sacrifices to get to where they are today. They are indeed masters of their Profession. To become a licensed Dentist they had to go through intensive training mostly hands on. In addition they are required to update themselves regularly and be current at all times. To do this they attend conferences, read peer reviewed and research journals, take continuing education courses, attend hands on workshops, participate in webinars, forums etc. Then top it off running a practice has a whole set of challenges in itself.
So where do you come into the picture as a patient. Dentists are well trained to serve you 24/7. In our office, patients can reach us round the clock via email. Experience matters in this Profession. You cannot perform Dentistry reading a book or by watching it on You tube. It’s also not a Profession suited for everyone. It demands dedication, perfection, precision, punctuality, communication skills, accuracy, management skills, clinical knowledge, leadership skills etc just to name a few. Dentists have dedicated their entire lives to be of service to you. Make use of their skills and their knowledge for your own benefit. All they can suggest to you is for you to come into their offices for your 3 month preventive maintenance. And all you have to do is show up. Mark your calendars and show up. That’s not difficult at all. It’s an investment in your health. If YOU don’t take the time to take care of your health, no one else will. It’s your choice and you have a choice to make. People spend a lot of time and money going to the gym, drink protein shakes, gulp in vitamins, spend lavishly on makeup and hair cuts. Anything to look beautiful, pretty or handsome. But what about the health of their teeth. Without your front teeth you cannot even face the World and without your back teeth you are just gulping in food. It defeats the purpose. Imagine going to an interview without a front teeth or even trying to close a big business contract.
There is also a very strong link that has been proven scientifically to show the connection between oral bacteria and heart disease. Our mouth is the dirtiest part of the body and some one has to take up that job in cleaning and maintaining it for you. Guess who it is? It’s your neighborhood Dentist. Physicians are not trained in aspects of Oral Health nor do they treat them in any way. So we are THE doctors of the mouth. When you go to an Emergency room with severe tooth pain, even today (in the 21st century) they give you pain pills and a prescription for antibiotics and tell you to follow up with your dentist. Because they do not have a Dentist on staff in Hospitals. Physicians are trained in treating the Whole body except your mouth, as though mouth was not part of the body. This has been puzzling to me for a very long time. But it is what it is. So dentists are supposedly the specialists of your mouth. Even today we see people walking around with no front teeth and with bad breath in their mouth. They do not seem to care. When asked they say it’s too expensive to go to the dentist. In reality, it’s too expensive NOT to go to the dentist. Because our overall health suffers silently until it puts us in an emergency room. Then the bills start piling up big time. Preventive Dentistry is not expensive at all. So do what you need to do to keep your teeth and to keep smiling.
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Rinse with water after each meal
- See your dentist every 3 months
- Repeat 1 thru 5 for life.
Treat your mouth, gums and teeth with care and it will take care of you. This is an investment that you are making for your own benefit. An investment in your teeth is an investment in yourself. Fix what you need to get fixed and then maintain it to get the most mileage out of your teeth. Without teeth and your dentist, your teeth may not last that long. So Keep your body healthy and maintain the health of your teeth and gums to sustain that healthy body. It is a well linked and well connected system.
A friendly reminder : Please do not forget to make the appointment with your Dentist. Your teeth may thank you for it someday.