It’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, hasn’t it? We understand. It’s just such a hassle, coming in every six months. Besides, you brush your teeth regularly (unless you’re too tired). And you floss (three times a year – pretty good!). People only need to see a dentist when they have something wrong with their mouth, right?
Technically, that’s true. What’s wrong with your mouth, though, is that you’re not getting your teeth cleaned and examined! You should be visiting Lakeside Dentistry for regular cleanings.
The fact is, you can’t get every bit of plaque and tartar off your teeth.
▶ You can’t get anytartar off your teeth.
▶ Once plaque hardens into tartar, only your Rochester, MN dentist can remove it.
Plaque leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Read on to learn how bad it can get.
Be Aware Of What You Should Be Doing
You know the basics:
▶ Brush your teeth twice every day, using short strokes and covering the entire surface of every tooth.
▶ Floss at least once every day, using a C-shape against each tooth.
▶ Use an alcohol-free mouthwash every day
▶ Visit a dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and exams
Not making your oral health a priority can harm you in many ways in addition to causing a great deal of pain.
▶ Untreated tooth decay can lead to cavities and eventually infected tooth pulp.
▶ You may need a root canal to save the infected tooth.
▶ If the decay gets bad enough, you could lose your infected tooth.
▶ In fact, you could lose all your teeth if you don’t take care of them.
Of course, you’ve probably heard these warnings your entire life. “Brush your teeth or they’ll fall out!” is a common caution given to children. So maybe that doesn’t affect you.
But did you know it can get even worse?
▶ Untreated tooth decay can eventually lead to an abscessed tooth.
▶ The bacteria in an abscessed tooth can spread into your sinuses and create a sinus infection.
▶ It can spread to your brain through blood vessels and create a brain abscess, too.
▶ Another part of your body it can spread to is your heart, causing a condition called bacterial endocarditis.
▶ Or you could develop an infection in your jaw called Ludwig’s angina, which can affect your ability to breathe.
▶ There have even been cases where oral bacteria has made its way into a person’s lungs, causing pneumonia and even death.
Still too tired to brush and too busy to see us?
Be Aware Of What We Can Do For You
We’ll get to work on preventing any of the above from happening right from your first appointment. You’ll meet with one of our dentists to go over your medical and dental history.
We’ll discuss your concerns and take digital X-rays. Then we’ll inspect your mouth for any early signs of oral cancer.
Finally, you’ll receive a thorough cleaning from one of our hygienists.
You can expect the same quality of care for every subsequent appointment. We use the latest technology like the CariVu cavity detector, which gives us a view of the interior of your teeth.
So why can’t you give yourself the same level of care at home?
While there are self-examinations for oral cancer you can do at home, they’re better as a supplement to what we do. Our doctors are expertly trained by dental school, clinicals, and experience in the office. Don’t risk your oral health to an online tutorial.
The tartar on your teeth is too hard for you to brush or floss off your teeth – in both senses of the word! Tartar is hardened plaque, so it cannot be washed away. It’s also difficult to reach every bit of tartar. Our hygienists have the tools and skills to leave your teeth squeaky clean.
Choose Safety With Preventive Dentistry
We know that oral hygiene is unglamorous. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day are mundane tasks. And it’s more fun to save your time off from work for an outing or adventure.
It’s less fun to cut an adventure short because you lost a tooth.
We have to admit that dying from a preventable infection because you avoided the dentist is very exciting. But we hope you’ll make the safe choice by calling Lakeside Dentistry at 507-316-6444. You can also use our contact form.
Preventive care is less expensive, less dangerous, less painful, and less exciting. And that’s just the way we like it.