I would like to give you some good reasons to ditch any and all excuses mentioned above and get into see your dental team at Parkland Pacific Dental. I am a registered dental hygienist at Parkland Pacific Dental and from my own personal experience most people who take the time to face their issues and get into the dental chair are surprised to find their fears were unmerited.
Before I address some of the excuses or reasons listed above, I first want to let you know what is at risk if you avoid seeing your dentist on a regular interval. Besides the obvious, like getting dental infections such as cavities and periodontal disease treated before you lose teeth, there are some silent and life-changing consequences you can hopefully avoid. Most significant is getting screened for oral cancers. Oral cancers usually are not painful when they are in the early stages and by the time a person has symptoms that would cause them to seek out medical or dental advise they can be very invasive or advanced. Every time you get a dental check up, the dentist and hygienist are looking not only at your teeth but also for any suspicious looking tissue in and around the mouth. Also there is more and more information on the correlation between the health of your mouth and your overall systemic health. The most well known is the link between the health of your mouth and your cardiovascular health. Most people have probably been made aware that regular checkups and professional dental cleanings are important to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease such as increase blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack and stroke. There are also studies that show a direct correlation to chronic inflammation in the oral cavity (puffy, bloody gums) and a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and autoimmune chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and type II diabetes, especially for people who already have some biological tendency for those illnesses. Some reports suggest it is not real clear if the connection between chronic inflammation and biological tendency toward these illnesses is correlated or causal, however it is agreed upon that if you have any chronic conditions, unhealthy mouths can exasperate the symptoms. And for all the women of childbearing age, they should be aware that chronic inflammation in a pregnancy can lead to premature and low birth weight babies. Some insurances companies recognize this and cover/pay for more dental cleanings (3 to 4 instead of 1 or 2) during pregnancy. So, I am not just urging you to come to the dentist because I work in the dental field and enjoy helping people maintain health, it is because the evidence is out there showing you are risking your overall health not just a toothache, bad breath, and broken teeth.
If you have been putting off a visit because you are worried about the cost and don’t have dental insurance, you can call and find out before you arrive what to expect. Our dental office offers cash and senior discounts, and in some cases we can offer a dental package that includes routine exams, radiographs, and cleanings at a discounted rate. And the bigger picture is when you weigh the cost of going to the dentist for regular semi-annual or annual exams and cleanings to the cost of ignoring your oral health there is no question which is less expensive in the long run.
If making time to make the call to schedule appointment during office hours is keeping you away, Parkland Pacific offers the option of email and/or leaving a message to receive a text, email, or phone call back to answer your questions and schedule an appointment. Our dental office also offers flexible schedules to accommodate most scheduling needs.
If fear is keeping you from making your dental appointment because your memory of the dental office is less than a pleasant experience, just know the dental office of today is much more comfortable. Fear is sometimes irrational and trying to convince you of that is usually not enough to change it and that is why Parkland Pacific Dental offers medications and nitrous to help you relax during your dental appointment. If it is a fear of embarrassment what will be found because you notice a dark spot or stain that won’t brush off, if it is the start of an infection, the sooner you address it the more options you have to repair the situation. Waiting too long can lead to unnecessary discomfort and tooth loss.
Recently I encountered someone who had not been in to the dental office in several years due to lack of dental insurance and once they saw the pictures of their teeth covered by plaque and mineralized plaque (also known as calculus or tartar build up). And the pictures after removing the debris hiding under the calculus were nice, beautiful, white, teeth! No cavities. They were so happy to have made the choice to come in to our office and have us examine and clean their teeth. You can also see how puffy and red the gums where with all the plaque and tartar (calculus) on the teeth, but after it is cleaned off they start to get healthy almost immediately.
So give us a call or send us an email to schedule your visit to our office. You may also have a hidden treasure of a beautiful smile, let the dental team at Parkland Pacific Dental help you find your treasure.