Ideally, going for a dental checkup should be top of your new year’s resolutions, among other habits like eating healthy and working out. If it isn’t, it’s probably because you have some dentophobia – that well-ingrained fear of dental appointments rooted in nightmarish visits when you were little.

But, as you’ve probably heard so many times during these pandemic times, never succumb to your fears, no matter how daunting they appear. Matter of fact, modern dental services are so advanced that you can literally get multiple teeth removed without feeling an iota of pain – a far cry from those past days when the thought of visiting a dentist was enough to keep you awake for days on end. Plus, not having your teeth checked regularly could lead to the development of bigger problems in the future, which may even be more expensive (and painful) to treat.

If you are unsure of where to start, here are some tips to get you started on your dental consciousness journey:

Identify Your Problems 

In the past year(s), you probably felt some aches in your teeth a fair number of times. Even before booking your dental checkup, try to remember where you felt these pains or discomforts, no matter how small and infrequent they were, and note them down so you don’t forget. Let your doctor know about all these problems so they can check and see if any treatment is required to arrest potentially larger concerns.

Book An Appointment

After taking stock of your dental issues, you need to schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible, so you can get everything sorted in due time and get back to your smiling self. And even if you haven’t experienced any problems, or think your teeth are perfectly healthy, do not hesitate to book the appointment. The American Dental Association strongly recommends getting at least two dental checkups per year as a form of preventative care. 

And remember, dental checkups don’t have to end with any surgery or corrective procedures. Even the minor and optional procedures like teeth cleaning or whitening that your dentist may recommend can be essential in warding off bigger problems or giving you more self-esteem.

Follow Doctor’s Instructions to the Letter

I know, sometimes the doctor’s orders may not be as palatable as you may want (taking meds on a daily basis, or avoiding hard foods/fasting can be hard to follow through). However, you need to trust your doctor’s words and try as much as you can to stick to the prescribed treatments if you really want your condition to improve fast. In some cases, not following instructions – eating hard foods when explicitly told not to, for instance – can cause the problem to aggravate, which means additional visits to the doc, and more pain to contend with.

Make Life Changes to Fit Your Dental Care Needs

You probably already have this in your resolutions under the category ‘eat healthier this year’, but in regards to dental care, the importance of a consistently good diet cannot be emphasized enough. Significantly cut down, or eliminate your consumption of fizzy drinks and candy (whose high sugar levels can cause cavities), and red wine, which contains tannins that can stain your teeth. 


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