Too busy for the dentist?

Why missing your regular dental examination is poor judgement

As a regular part of our dental health care, we are advised to visit our dentist twice a year for a check up.  Quite often, no treatment is needed and two appointments totalling perhaps a couple of hours including travelling time, depending on where you live, is all that it takes to ensure that our teeth are in good health.

Despite this though, there are still several people who fail to keep up these appointments and let them drift. Sometimes an appointment does have to be cancelled and that is understandable, but these should be re-arranged as soon as possible. Often though the cancellation is last minute due to something coming up. At times like this, many people forget to re-book the appointment and it falls off their radar and can result in no dental check ups for a few years during which time, if there was a dental problem that was relatively minor and could have been sorted with a quick fix such as a filling, it may well now have deteriorated to the point of needing something more major such as a crown or extraction.

Another category of people who fail to keep appointments are those who suffer from dental phobia. Once again this is understandable to a degree, but is a ‘head in the sand’ policy as once again, this attitude is likely to result in more extensive and potentially uncomfortable work needing to be carried out. This then re-enforces the phobics view that dentists are frightening places to go and so the cycle continues.

Despite the fact that appointments only take a few minutes, this still seems to be a problem amongst a section of the UK population and to help to counter this, dentists have, over the years introduced procedures which lessen the time. Examples of such procedures are teeth whitening, "teeth in a day" and although not so widely used yet, but sure to become so, CEREC, which produces ceramic restorations in the practice rather than outsourcing, such as offered by this dentist in Sutton Coldfield.

The third group are those that claim to be too busy to go to the dentist. This is of course nonsensical and can lead to bad oral health. Very often people claiming to be too busy are likely to have a sense of self importance and may perhaps have a responsible position in a business. However, this position can soon become undermined if they are unable to concentrate on their work because of dental issues and as gum disease causes halitosis, they may find themselves sidelined by their colleagues which can have a detrimental effect on teamwork within the company.

With all these new procedures and a bit of effort, keeping two appointments a year should not be beyond anyone and will result in the better dental health of the nation.