A dentist is a professional who is specially trained to study, diagnose, treat and prevent oral diseases. These involve the teeth and the oral soft tissues. The face and neck are also a crucial part of dental examination and practice.
As we all know, many systemic diseases can have oral manifestations, while many oral diseases can lead to systemic diseases as well. Visiting the dentist is thus, not just a large sum of money out of one’s pocket as common misconception suggests, but it has everything to do with improving one’s oral and general health and staying healthy. Dentists are, after all, certified as doctors for a reason.
Why visit the Dentist?
Regular visits to the dentist can help to prevent a variety of dental and oral problems. Brushing twice daily, using mouth wash and flossing are all part of maintaining perfect oral hygiene, but there could still be a problem that one is not aware of until it actually manifests itself. People with tartar and calculus cannot remove it with simple brushing and flossing. Tartar and calculus, if left alone, can most likely cause swollen gums and periodontal disease which, if left untreated, leads to tooth loss. Only a professional dentist is certified to perform the scaling procedure necessary to have it removed. The dentist will not only treat the problem, he will also educate the patient on effective tooth-brushing techniques to ultimately prevent periodontal disease. Read more »