At Brar Dentistry, we care about our patients and love to see them when they come in for routine dental checkups, but we know that if they could, they’d probably keep their time at the dentist’s office at a minimum.
Going to any kind of medical appointment isn’t at the top of your list of favorite things to do. We get that. Maybe it’s because of fear, or perhaps it’s because like everyone else, you’re busy. You have more important things to do!
While we go out of our way to make sure your dental experience in any of our Chicago area locations is going to be a positive one, today we thought we’d do you a favor and share some helpful ideas for reducing your time in the dentist’s chair so you can get back to your busy life.
Can You Avoid The Dentist’s Office Entirely?
No, you can’t. And you shouldn’t. At the very least, you should come in for regular dental cleanings and exams. In order to keep oral health problems, such as gum disease, at bay, you need to trust a highly skilled hygienist who has the experience and equipment necessary to clean those hard to reach places in your mouth where bacteria likes to hide.
But there are also certain dental problems that can really only be solved through some type of treatment or oral surgery. If you have a toothache, for example, it could mean you have an infection that requires a root canal. Or you’ve broken a tooth due to an accident or sports related injury. These are the kind of things you can’t necessarily control, nor will they go away on their own.
So while you can’t avoid the dental chair entirely, there are some things you can do to reduce the amount of time you have to spend in the chair overall.
Ways To Reduce Your Time In The Dental Chair
#1: Brush And Floss Daily
The key to achieving your best oral health is prevention. If you want your checkups to go smoothly, it helps to do certain things at home to minimize your time there so you can get back to your day. How do you accomplish that? It starts by following the American Dental Association’s daily recommended oral care habits: brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and floss at least once a day. This is the first step to preventing dental problems that might result in more and longer appointments.
#2: Rededicate Yourself To Health
A healthy lifestyle is part of the proactive approach to good oral health. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks, drinking plenty of water, and snacking on healthy fruits and vegetables are all ways to protect your teeth against tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. You should also avoid using tobacco products, as they greatly increase your risk of oral cancer and other health problems.
#3: Protect Yourself From Injury With A Mouthguard
Accidents are an inevitable part of life, and if you’re an active person, your potential for experiencing accidents and injuries tends to rise. That’s by no means a reason to lessen your activity level, of course! With that risk comes the great reward of better health and physical fitness, after all. It just means you should take an extra step in preventing oral injuries that could land you in the dentist’s office by using a custom-made athletic mouthguard. This is a great way to protect your teeth and the delicate soft tissues in your mouth from injuries.
#4: Visit Your Dentist
We already mentioned the importance of a good oral hygiene routine at home, but by itself, it really isn’t enough to ward off oral health problems. Our skilled hygienists at Brar Dentistry will give your mouth the thorough, deep cleaning it needs to adequately eliminate plaque and tartar buildup. We are also specifically trained to look for early signs of gum disease that you might not notice on your own.
So while it may sound a little contradictory to tell you to go to the dentist to lessen your time at the dentist, it’s actually true. By staying on top of things and being proactive when it comes to your oral health, you’re helping prevent the kind of dental problems that can only lead to more appointments and more corrective procedures.
You don’t want that. And as much as we love to see you, we don’t want that for you either. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy smile you can feel good about.