It has been estimated that over 20 percent of the population avoid going to the dentist out of fear. Some sources suggest that those who avoid the dentist may also suffer from poor health in general, which is no surprise given the links between poor oral health and heart disease, strokes, and diabetes, just to name a few.
That’s why many dentists feel so strongly about prevention. It’s much easier to maintain a healthy body or fight against the early symptoms of disease than to treat it once it’s started. Tooth decay is reversible, but a cavity must be treated. Pre-diabetes is reversible, but diabetes, once you have it, must be managed for the rest of one’s life.
When it comes to dental health and care, it’s always best to see the same dentist regularly. You’ll establish a relationship, and that dentist will get to know all your individual requirements, from concerns to allergies. In addition you’ll have a history together. “Your regular dentist will be familiar with what’s gone on in your mouth. If anything happens down the road, it makes a difference how it’s taken care of.