According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 52.3% of adults reported that they saw their dentist every six months in 2014, while 15.4% said they went once that year and 11% reported only going once every two years. The ADA also reported that 21.3% of individuals haven’t seen the dentist in many years.
Neglecting one’s oral health is not just bad for your mouth, but is also linked to poor health outcomes across many systems in your body. Poor oral hygiene causes sore teeth and bad breath, but it is also is linked to oral cancer, gum disease, heart disease, bacterial pneumonia, stroke, and can cause complications in pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16.9% of children aged 5-19 have untreated dental caries, while 31.6% of adults aged 20-44 have untreated dental caries. Dental caries is a term used for an infectious disease which can cause tooth decay.
Optimal health for you and your family depends on regular visits to the dentist. McBride Dental is a San Diego family dentistry that can help you keep your mouth well. If you are fearful of the dentist, McBride Dental offers San Diego sedation dentistry services. If you haven’t been to the dentist for some time, there are a couple of things you should do before your first appointment.
As you look at your schedule find a convenient time to come in and call McBride Dental at (760) 471-1003 to set-up your initial appointment. Then think about how you manage your oral health. Ask yourself questions like how often do you brush your teeth and when do you brush your teeth. Do you floss? If so, when do you floss, and if you don’t floss what is the reason?
If you are seeking dental help because you are experiencing pain in your mouth think about how that pain is manifesting. Is it intermittent pain or is it steady? Is the pain sharp or does it feel dull? Did it just start out of nowhere or have you been experiencing it for some time? Has it gotten worse with time or do you only feel pain when your teeth are exposed to hot or cold sensations? There are different sensations of pain that you can feel in your mouth.
Depending on the problem, the pain can be quite intense. An abscess in the mouth, for example, can form around the root of an infected tooth. It will only get more uncomfortable with time and it won’t clear on its own. An abscess requires the attention of a dentist. The technology available today in the dental field makes it possible to easily and painlessly treat most situations where patients are feeling pain in their mouth.
The last thing you should think about is how your smile looks and if there’s anything you would like to change about it. If you are not confident in your smile, the dentists in our office can help achieve a confident smile and a healthy mouth. Discussing what your ideal smile looks like with your dentist will allow your provider to offer you options to achieve your goals.
The caring team at McBride Dental is here to help you with all of your dental needs. Call our California family dentistry today at (760) 471-1003 to schedule an appointment.