I used to avoid going to the dentist and I think I went every 3 years. Even if I had a cavity I wouldn’t go back for a while. I probably had bad breath and crusty teeth but I didn’t care.
Now that I’m a little older I go to the dentist on a regular basis, and yes I put up with the scraping of my teeth that makes me cringe. What changed for me was my overall health. My internist explained how your overall health is affected when you don’t take care of your dental needs.
I am repeating what my internist told me so I would advise anyone to see their own dentist and internist. Anyway, my doctor told me that some bacteria from your mouth can cause disease. I did not brush my teeth every day and never flossed. So that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
The most important event for me was cardiovascular disease. It is not certain if there is a connection between oral health and other diseases such as cardiovascular disease. But since it’s possible, that prompted me to go to the dentist regularly and take care of my teeth and oral hygiene. There are other possible diseases that are linked to poor oral health. But it’s best to talk with your doctor. The mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body. And oh yeah, replace the toothbrush head on a regular basis – something I never did before.