Show of hands: Who visits their dentist for the recommended twice yearly cleaning? Anyone? Compared to many other body parts, your teeth are relatively easy to maintain. You know the drill: Brush and floss after every meal. Anything missing? Why yes — regular check-ups with your dentist. That’s where everyone gets tripped up. Perhaps it’s time to review all the reasons why you need to see your dentist right now.
Reason #1: You’ve Already Paid for the Appointment
This is true if you have dental coverage that is part of your overall insurance plan. If you hear the magic words “full dental” associated with your company’s health insurance plan, then those twice-yearly cleanings are covered. And so are a whole range of other procedures. The hitch with this type of coverage is that it is only based on annual use. In other words, if you don’t go within the calendar year, you lose the benefits. They don’t roll over. Avoiding the dentist with this kind of coverage is like throwing money away.
Reason #2: The Time Factor
Has your car ever been stuck at the mechanic’s for several days? It’s a real hassle. It might have been avoided if you took better care of your car with regular oil changes. Same thing with your teeth — but not with the oil. When you regularly visit your dentist, you stay on top of any emerging issues and treat them right away. Anyone who has had a broken tooth on the weekend and tried to get into a dentist will know what this is all about.
Reason #3: Your Bite Down
Are you missing out on some delicious food because it hurts to bite down? What about your sensitivity to cold and hot foods? Those are problems that your dentist can treat. Or you can avoid ice cream and soup for the rest for your life. Ben and Jerry and Campbell’s will be fine with that.
Reason #4: All Those Pictures
We’re living in the age of instant snapshots. Whether you’re firing up the selfie stick or constantly finding yourself in the group photo, you don’t want to be the one with tight lips. You know how much better you look when you smile? Well, that bright smile needs a bit of polish every now and then. Checking in with your dentist will get those tusks polished and sparkling. That is sure to put a smile on your face!
Reason #5: Looking Marvelous
Along with all those smiles captured forever on a camera, there are also the face-to-face scenarios that you should consider. Your teeth are kind of your “front line.” It’s where you make a positive (or scary) first impression. That impression matters for your next job interview, your next blind date or your next business meeting.
You only get one set of real teeth. Don’t let them go to waste.