While the laughing gas at the dentist’s office might be a little too fun at times, it’s not enough to make you less afraid of going to the dentist. But don’t worry, you’re not the only one who feels this way: over 20 percent of the population is afraid of visiting the dentist. At least part of this stems from bad experiences that we have when we’re young, only to repeat as we get older. Unfortunately, this fear of the dentist can lead to worse dental health as people get older and can even become a major health problem.

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But while you can run from the dentist, you can’t hide from your cavities. You may brush enough your own pearly whites sparkling, but the hygienist and dentist can find issues that not even you can brush and floss away.

If you’re still not convinced, we don’t blame you. Here are 4 more reasons you really, really need to get back to the dentist, no matter how much you’d rather be doing something else.

Your gums are more important than you realize. Try to think of the last time you flossed. Can’t remember? That’s okay, neither can I. But while it’s not uncommon for people to floss, it still isn’t a good thing. Poor gum health is connected to poor health in general, including strokes and heart disease. Dentists have actually been able to diagnose diseases before doctors, due to the state of people’s gums. As a result, it’s best to start flossing. And don’t worry if it bleeds at first – it gets better with each session and stops bleeding within a few days.

The cleaning gives your teeth the extra scrub they need and deserve. Growing up, I was always scared of going to the dentist because I absolutely did not like pain. The pain usually came from a lack of brushing and flossing properly. Unless you have your own dental hygiene kit, you can only do so much for your teeth. During the cleaning, the specially trained hygienist starts scaling your teeth to remove tartar buildup. The scaling process can be painful, since the hygienist is using a sharp tool to scrape at your teeth. However, it’s vital to your oral health. When they remove tartar buildup, your gums and teeth have more room to breathe and stay healthy. Your teeth need that more frequently, and every six months is the adequate amount of time to do it.

More than just your mouth will be affected by the dentist. Your oral health has an effect on your digestive system as well. You need to be able to chew properly in order to digest your food more easily. Having misaligned teeth, missing teeth or infected teeth won’t help your digestive issues. The dentist can’t cure your irritable bowel syndrome, but they will be able to help you on your way to more comfortable and enjoyable eating experiences, without the frustrating consequences.

New techniques make the visits quicker and easier. Whether you’re going in for orthodontics or just routine check-ups, the techniques used by dentists and orthodontists are state of the art. Some of them use unique technologies like laser dentistry, which can make the time in the chair shorter, as well as reducing the healing time that is required, which will bounce you out of the dentist’s chair much sooner. Since your dentist is more up-to-date, it’s nice to know that your teeth are in good hands.

There are two types of people in the world: those who brush and floss twice a day, every day for a week, but still get cavities. The others are the ones who are able to slack off more, maybe only brush their teeth and call it good and never get cavities. It may seem unfair in the beginning, but in the long run, both types need the dentist to help them and their teeth. Even with all of the pains and discomfort, visiting the dentist is the best choice for your teeth and overall health.

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