A good dentist will inform patients how they can maximize their dental health by screening for serious medical conditions—such as types of oral cancers—and providing safe, thorough checkups and cleanings. A great dentist will do all of these things, plus build a relationship with you (beyond your teeth!).
Getting to know you and helping you achieve your health goals is a priority for dentists like Dr. Anatoliy Ravin, who is dedicated to making sure that your life is a happy, healthy and productive one! To help you live your best, take a look at five things your dentist wants you to know.
The Top Five Things Your Dentist Wants You to Know
As previously mentioned, great dentists do more than simply care for your teeth. They are the proverbial kings and queens of prevention. Dr. Ravin, for example, makes sure that each and every patient receives a comprehensive cancer screening, while also checking the integrity and health of your gums. Flagging potential issues early on can often prevent more serious dental and overall health situations from occurring in the future, which leads us to the first of five things your dentist wants you to know:
- Your Gum Health is as Important as Caring for Your Teeth
- Brushing twice a day, eating a balanced diet and cleaning in between teeth is essential to positive gum health. A comprehensive oral hygiene routine will keep your teeth free from bacteria, and can prevent gum disease. Dentists want patients to understand the risks that come with periodontal disease. In addition to tooth decay and tooth loss, periodontal disease can also be a precursor and/or indication of bigger health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.
- Your Dentist Still Recommends Cleaning Between Teeth
- A couple of years ago, the question of whether the act of flossing is truly necessary gained national attention. According to a report posted by the ADA, utilizing an interdental cleaning device “is an important oral hygiene practice,” as stated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Whether you prefer to refer to the practice of cleaning between the teeth as flossing or interdental cleaning, if done the right way, this oral hygiene routine eliminates food from hard to reach places and reduces the likelihood of bacteria-producing acid from resting in the mouth.
- Dental Visits Can Never Start Too Early
- Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a baby have his/her visit to the dentist by age one or shortly following the emergence of the first tooth? If you didn’t, don’t worry, there are many parents who aren’t sure when their child should have his/her first dental visit. The earlier you familiarize your child with the dentist, the better chance he/she has of becoming accustomed to and less fearful of the dentist’s chair. You’ll also be helping your child create a healthy, positive foundation of dental health that will last a lifetime.
- Pain (or no Pain) Isn’t Your Only Guide
- Most oral health problems aren’t noticed by the patient until he/she experiences pain. Not always, but typically, when a patient is in pain, it’s an indication that the dental situation has become severe. By visiting the dentist regularly for the recommended six month cleanings and checkups, you have a better chance of a dental problem being spotted before it manifests into a more serious issue.
- Don’t Worry About Brushing Immediately After a Meal
- For the first hour or so after eating or drinking something sugary or acidic, brushing can lead to the softening of enamel, which wears the tooth down. If you have to brush your teeth right away, give your mouth a good 20-30 seconds rinse with water.
We’re Here to Listen
While your dentist has many things he/she’d like you to know, it’s important that he/she is always approachable. Dr. Ravin and the entire Hospital Dental Group team are dedicated to making sure you feel comfortable asking questions like, “Are my teeth the worst you’ve ever seen?” (the answer is no!) and “How much brushing in a day is too much?” There’s nothing you can ask that we aren’t happy to answer when it comes to your dental and overall health.
If you’d like to know more about what Dr. Ravin wants his patients to know, or if you have questions of your own, please reach out any time. One of our friendly, professional and knowledgeable HDG staff members are here to help answer questions and schedule a visit. Contact us now at 860-524-5194.