How to avoid visiting the dentist?
There can be many reasons why you want to avoid the dentist: costs, lack of time, fear, etc. Oral health however has an important influence on your overall health and can be related to conditions such as cardiovascular diseases or respiratory infections. To reduce your visits to the dentist you should so still have an oral hygiene beyond reproach.
Here are a few tips to help taking care of your teeth and gums
1. Brush correctly
You need to brush your teeth, but also your gums and your tongue everyday, at least in the morning and in the evening and during at the very least 2 minutes. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste if possible. However, the most important is that you brush thoroughly, regardless of the toothpaste brand you use.
2. Floss everyday
Not only should you brush your teeth everyday, you also need to floss! You should floss up and down, even beneath the gum tissue, in order to remove as much plaque as possible.
Source: Medical News Today
3. Try to reduce soda and other food and drinks containing too much sugar
Sugar helps growing some bacteria that produce a tooth-eating acid. This can cause cavities. After consuming sweets and/or fizzy drinks, you should always rinse your mouth with water.
4. Try to avoid tobacco
Tobacco affects your overall health and should be avoided anyway. It is especially bad for oral health: 50% smokers have gum disease and they have twice more risks of loosing their teeth. They are almost likely to need dentistry treatment.
5. Do not mistreat your teeth by using them as tools
Biting nails, chewing pen, holding a card, or tearing a plastic wrap… We always use our teeth for actions they are not supposed to make. It weakens them and increases the risks of cracking.
6. Regularly do a check-up with a hygienist instead
It will help you keeping a good oral hygiene but will also help spotting any possible injury or condition. The earliest those are noticed, the easiest it is to treat them.
Those tips can help you avoid visiting the dentist too often and reduce the amount of treatments needed but they do not replace an examination by a dentist.
Try to find a dentist that is the most convenient for you.
If you avoid the dentist because how much it costs, find a NHS dentist near your home or place of work. You would not pay for the consultation although some of the treatments are not free.
If you need an emergency dentist but prefer avoiding hospitals, you can find the nearest walk-in dentist. You would probably have to wait a little before the consultation but could see someone on the day.
If you have a private insurance, check if they work specific dentists, it could reduce a lot your costs. Bupa for example offers a list of Bupa dentists.