Just mentioning a trip to a local dentist can be more than enough for a person to get butterflies. There’s something so terrifying about the thought of a surgeon searching along your gum line for potential issues, but what is there to be scared of exactly? Sure, dental practitioners in the past might have been known for pulling teeth out left, right and centre without as much as a drop of anaesthetic – but a lot has changed since then.
So, why don’t you stick the kettle on and take this opportunity to learn all about dentists, what they do and what they offer? You might even find that by the time that you’re finished, you’ll be more than willing to book an appointment, whether you want to have a long-standing issue looked at, or if you just fancy a quick check up.
So, what do dentists do?
A dentist is a medical expert that specialises in the treatment of teeth, gums, the tongue and the human mouth in general. Unlike GPs that go on to offer a broader range of health-related services, a good dentist will focus solely on the condition of the mouth. What you might not know about your teeth is that even with regular brushing, they can be exposed to harmful toxins that are left behind after the most vigorous of cleaning.
That’s why you might have heard that visiting the dentist at least twice a year is very important. But why is that?
Well the majority, if not all, conditions relating to the health of your mouth can take months and months to develop. What this means is that if you just start to develop a condition and then visit a dentistry in the next 6 months, the chances of your practitioner spotting it and taking care of it will be much greater.
That’s actually a pretty big part of what dentists do. It’s their job to maintain, repair and correct the condition of the human mouth, so that it can function exactly as intended. Of course there will be factors that can take a toll on your teeth, such as the foods that you eat, what you drink and even your age – but with the help of a dental expert, you can maximise the health of your teeth, whilst enhancing the way that your mouth works.
How in depth are dental services?
There can be a huge difference between experiencing a quick check up from your local dental clinic and needing to undergo oral surgery. A good dentist will be able to cater to a range of requirements, from maintaining the health of your mouth by washing your teeth, applying disinfectant formulas and more, all the way to removing rotten teeth, damaged roots and more via surgery.
It all depends on what your mouth needs and why. Although some dentists specialise in medical services, others might choose to offer cosmetic solutions instead – and fewer still will focus on providing both. If there was one thing that you needed to know about going to the dentist it’s that things aren’t anywhere near as bad as they are made out to be.
Most use comforting techniques to put their patients at ease, while others aren’t afraid of applying local anaesthetic to completely eliminate pain and discomfort whilst undergoing surgery. That’s quite different that centuries ago, where tooth pulling was more common than any other form of surgery, isn’t it?