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Dental Health Myth: I Only Need to See A Dentist if I’m in Pain

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When’s the last time you visited with your dentist and oral hygienist? Do you even have a dentist you can call to make an appointment? Whether you’re 8 or 80, and even if you're pregnant, you need to visit with a dentist.

Some people mistakenly believe that they only need to see a dentist if they are currently having a problem with their teeth or mouth area. Preventative maintenance, including professional cleaning, is a key in helping assure major problems don’t arise down the road. A dentist can diagnose and treat conditions ranging from routine cavities, and more complex issues dealing with your gums and teeth.

Good brushing with a soft bristle brush and flossing in between the cleanings you get in the dentist’s chair is just one facet toward the whole picture of your oral health. It’s also important to note that there is a definite link between your oral health and general health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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Care of teeth is very important for us, I've seen many people this doesn't care about their teeth and complaints about stomach problem. To me it's most important for us to take care of your teeth because it gives us a beautiful smile and also good strength to chew the meals that make an easy process in our stomach. I've my own dental clinic in Chantilly and I'm always care about my patients.

December 25, 2012 - 3:46am

Regular dental examinations along with cleanings will not only help your health but will also save you time and money in the end. Neglecting your oral health is one of the worst things you can do for your overall health.

As for finding a dentist......good point about asking a friend or relative for a referral. Must go to someone whom you trust implicitly but also allows you an open line of communication.

Marielaina Perrone DDS
Henderson Dentist

October 16, 2012 - 9:11am
EmpowHER Guest

i went to dentist, dirtiest office ever been in all my life, 63 yrs so went to another he busy reading book but checked my broke tooth i wanted to save, hit top tooth, cracked it made it hurt I told him he offered vicodin, i decline he then walked away saying nurse tell me what to do, gave script for antibiotic and told me come back 4 days to have it pulled..I didnt, but now unsure what to do or trust with my mouth

March 2, 2011 - 9:55am
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,
I'm sorry for your troubles dealing with dentists. Do you have friends or family you can ask if they have a dentist they like and tell them what you're looking for. If you had an infected tooth, you probably should get that looked at, particularly if it's still causing you pain. A competent dentist should be able to tell you if the tooth can be saved or not and the best procedure for your personal health. Your hesitation is good, but it sounds like it still needs to be dealt with.
Good luck, and if you need resources for finding a different doctor, check out this link:
Find a Provider - http://www.healthfinder.gov/scripts/Topics.asp?context=8&keyword=148&Branch=3&letter=a

March 2, 2011 - 10:05am
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