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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Tips To Help You Make Dental Care A Priority

by Jacqueline Byrd

You take the initiative to change the batteries in the smoke alarms in your home to prevent things from going very bad if a fire should occur. Do you take the same initiative when it comes to dental work? Many people don't take their dental health as seriously as they should, which results in things getting worse over the years. Many dental issues can be prevented with preventative care. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you stay on top of your dental care schedule.

Yearly Cleanings

Yearly cleanings may not seem to be necessary, but there's a lot of stuff stuck between your teeth that daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing doesn't remove. When these substances are left to fester between your teeth, decay occurs, as can gingivitis and other gum issues.

Instead of waiting and scheduling your cleaning for when you get time to do it, schedule it now, and when you go in for the cleaning, schedule next year's cleaning. Scheduling the appointment for the next cleaning when you're done with the first will help to eliminate the chances of you forgetting about it until it's been well past a year.

Tip: Scheduling the cleaning well in advance will also make it easier to get an appointment time that is completely convenient for you. You can work around your schedule without much of a problem.

Mouth Pain

Do you feel pain when you eat or drink hot or cold food and drinks? If so, don't ignore it. It could be tooth sensitivity, but it could also be a cavity that has reached the root and is now exposing the nerve inside to the temperature change. If you ignore pains that you feel in your mouth, you're likely allowing things to get worse which could result in a higher cost to repair and more discomfort than you needed to experience.

The moment you experience that pain, call your dentist. If caught early enough, decay can be fixed with a simple filling, but if you put it off, you could end up losing your tooth or needing a root canal which doesn't come cheaply.

Discuss Anxiety

If anxiety is the reason you put off your dental care, talk with your doctor, as well as your dentist. You may not need anxiety medication for every day of your life, but when it comes to going to the dentist, you may be able to get a prescription for something that can be taken that day to take the edge off and get you through that door a little easier.

Talk to your family dentist about any problems you're experiencing today. He or she will help you come up with the best treatment plan to get you looking and feeling great again.