If your previous dental history isn't something that you can brag about, then it's easy to feel as though you're destined for a lifetime of ongoing dental problems. You might even be feeling as though you'd rather avoid scheduling an appointment with any dentist for fear of hearing more bad news about your teeth.
You should know that your dental future isn't hopeless, though. No matter how bad things have been in the past, you can actually use your past dental experiences to improve the future of your oral health.
For starters, although some dental problems can come without much warning, most often, they can be prevented or minimized when you take action early. Think about what could have been done to prevent your oral health from spiraling out of control, and make a commitment to prevent them from ever happening again. If you never want to experience a toothache again or never want to lose another tooth, think back to how it all began:
- Did you choose a healthy diet or lifestyle? Processed foods, sports drinks, starchy meals, and poor general health are know to contribute to dental problems.
- Was your oral hygiene routine adequate? Poor hygiene habits and plaque accumulation raise your risk for dental diseases.
- Did you maintain routine dental check-ups? This is the best way to identify and tackle a small problem before it becomes a big one.
- Did you contact the dentist as soon as you noticed a problem or pain? Pain or persistent sensitivity can be a sign of an advanced dental problem.
- Did you follow your dentist's recommendations for preventive or restorative treatments in a timely manner? A small problem can become much worse when you delay or ignore the dentist's recommendations.