One might wonder why your teeth matter so much. Why are there numerous types of highly trained specialist doctors just to deal with your teeth and gums.
Let me see… there’s General Dentists, Orthodontists for straightening teeth, Periodontists for dealing with gum issues and gum disease, Endodontists who deal with the inside of teeth and specialize in things like root canals. A general dentist must complete 8 years of higher education and these other specialists usually require more like 10 or 11 years. That’s a lot of specialist training!
So why is it such a big deal? Well, there are several really good reasons why your teeth and gums are so important. Here are some of the major ones:
- Tooth decay and cavities can result in a lot of pain when it hits the nerves in a tooth. So in you usually end up being forced to go to a dentist to handle it as the pain can get quite severe. If you caught them early, before they started hurting, the filling is usually a lot smaller and easier to get done. Better yet, preventing decay and cavities with regular brushing or flossing is definitely the way to go.
- When food bits and bacteria start building up in the edges of your gums you can develop gum disease. The beginning stages of gum disease may not bother you that much, but as it progresses a cascade of problems develop, including receding gums, bone loss, infection pouring into your bloodstream (which can cause fatigue, inflammation, achy joints and other physical ails) and eventually loss of teeth.
- Your teeth and mouth are a vital part of your digestive system. When you eat food you use your teeth and saliva to break the food down into smaller bits that are more easily digested after you swallow your food. The longer and more thoroughly you chew, the better. Good digestion is how you get nutrients from your food that your body needs to function well. Without good digestion you can become under-nourished and accumulate excess weight.
- Lastly, your smile and appearance can greatly affect your confidence and self-esteem. When you know that you look good and have a professional appearance, and you are more confident as a result, you can go a lot farther in life and get more accomplished.
So while no one is jumping for joy about seeing a dentist and certainly brushing and flossing your teeth are likely not your favorite past time, not doing so can have pretty severe repercussions.
So yes, taking care of your teeth and gums is a big deal and very important to your health. Your teeth matter!