Going to the dentist and taking care of your oral health is important for a wide variety of reasons. That said, here are a few important reasons why you should make an appointment today with your dentist.

Overall Oral Health

The first reason is the most basic: your oral health is important. Your oral health can have impacts on your overall health if not taken care of, which is why it’s so essential you do.

If you’re someone who doesn’t pay much attention to your oral health, here is why you should. The food we eat, especially the sugary foods and drinks, leave bacteria behind in our mouths. That bacteria turns to plaque. Plaque build-up can cause tooth pain, decay, and even tooth loss. Plaque starts to turn into tartar within 24 to 72 hours. Once it becomes tartar, it’s much harder to remove from your teeth. Tartar results in stained and discolored teeth and requires a dental professional to remove.

Other health issues that can result from poor oral care are bad breath, tooth loss, and even gum disease. However, all of this can be avoided by routinely brushing and flossing your teeth and getting regular cleanings from your dentist.

You Probably Haven’t Gone this Year or Last

Chances are, you haven’t been to the dentist in a few years. Most people will at least go to their yearly check-up, but many will often skip this. Fear of the dentist, financial restrictions, or simply forgetting are all reasons.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, it’s important you make an appointment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, people are not wanting to leave the house. The ADA’s Health Policy Institute has projected that dental care spending could decline by up to 66% in 2020 and 32% in 2021.

Dental facilities are incredibly important and it’s crucial that they stay available. For some, access to dental care is not as readily available, so it’s all the more important these facilities stay open.

However, having access to dental care is important for you, too. If you’re in pain because suddenly all four wisdom teeth are coming in, you’re not going to want to wait to travel to the nearest available dentist. You’re going to want to be able to get right in and be seen. That said, this example is another reason why regularly going to the dentist is important. Your dentist could tell you that your wisdom teeth are becoming problematic or not and advise you to have them removed before they become a problem.

Many Kids Have or Need Braces

Another reason why you must go to the dentist regularly is because you, or more likely your children, will have or need braces. Today, some 4 million Americans are wearing braces, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Most kids will need braces for aesthetic reasons. They may not actually need them for health purposes, but they don’t like how their teeth look and want to get the perfect smile.

For this reason, having a dentist you visit regularly will be beneficial. This way, you know who you’re working with, your kids will be more comfortable, and you can set them up for success with their own oral health. Encouraging healthy oral care routines by example is a great way to teach your kids that oral health is important. Be sure to consider this the next time you want to skip an appointment.

While there are plenty of reasons why going to the dentist regularly is a good idea, it all comes down to one principle: your health. Are you prioritizing your health? If so, prioritizing the dentist is part of that. If you want to live a more healthy life, do not forget about your oral health.