Toothaches and Lifestyle: Why One in Five Adults Skip the Dentist

Toothaches and Lifestyle: Why One in Five Adults Skip the Dentist

Toothaches – such a small, little tooth can make you miserable and can sometimes make you feel helpless. Since February 9th happens to be National Toothache Day let’s talk about how you can prevent a toothache.

Toothaches can be prevented by regular checkups and cleanings. If you haven’t been to the dentist in lately, we at the Meyer Dental Group in Des Plaines encourage you not to be hesitant to make an appointment to get back on track. While focusing on taking care of your whole body by eating healthy, practicing yoga going to the gym, etc – don’t forget your dental health is a link to your overall general health and your mouth deserves as much attention.

Allow us to delve into what a toothache could cost you down the road.

What a Toothache Really Costs – Des Plaines Dentist, explains

Avoiding regular dental visits can cost you more down the road. In fact, even though it’s recommended you visit the dentist every six months, only 52.3% of adults actually see their dentist that often. About 23% admit they probably won’t go in the next year. While parents get their kids to the dentist around 64.6% of the time, more than one in five adults haven’t been to a dentist in years.

A toothache undoubtedly can cause a lot of pain and sleepless nights and can make eating and drinking unbearable. Waiting to get a toothache looked at can cause more problems the longer you put it off. The longer you postpone a toothache, the treatments needed may become more time consuming and costly. It’s also important to realize that pain from a toothache can mean something other than a cavity.

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • TMJ is acute or chronic inflammation of the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. There are a lot of other symptoms for this, including head and neck pain and a popping or cracking sound when chewing.
  • Sinus trouble
  • Your sinuses are located above the top teeth, so a sinus infection can cause pain that is perceived to be in the top teeth. In reverse, sometimes you can think you have a sinus infection when really it is a toothache or tooth infection. It’s best not to wait and schedule at Meyer Dental Group in Des Plaines for a tooth evaluation to make sure you do not have an infection.
  • Heart disease/heart attack
  • Tooth and jaw pain are typically included as a possible symptom of a heart attack. Toothaches should be paid special attention if there is any family or personal history of cardiac problems, lightheadedness, sweating, or chest pain is also occurring.

These things are all generally rare but should not be ignored. It is possible that your toothache really is just a toothache, but it is important to be aware of other potential problems.

If a toothache is due to tooth decay, leaving it untreated can lead to various infections, from a tooth abscess to a more serious infection of the jaw or mouth. A toothache itself is generally not dangerous; however, any resulting infection could be potentially life-threatening if ignored.

Why Are People Afraid of the Dentist?

Going to the dentist when you have a toothache is one thing, but people use all kinds of excuses to justify not going to the dentist for regular checkups. If they’re not having any pain, they will think that nothing is wrong and see no reason to go. They’re too busy, they can’t take the time away from work. Some people worry about being able to afford the bill. A few people will even come right out and admit that they’re scared. An estimated 9-15% of people have a genuine fear of the dentist. People worry about pain, being judged or lectured, or having had a bad experience in the past. Getting over this fear is not easy, but it is possible.

Des Plaines – Mount Prospect’s Dr. Meyer Can Help You Get Over Your Fear

If you haven’t had a recent visit to the dentist because you’re afraid, we at the Meyer Dental Group can assure you we’ll do everything we can to help lessen your fear.

Here are some tips to follow to try to overcome your anxiety about the dentist:

  • Bring a trusted friend for support during the appointment.
  • Listen to your favorite music on noise-cancelling headphones during your visit.
  • Try our NuCalm – neurologically designed to relax you during your appointment.
  • If still unable to work up the nerve to make an appointment, call for a complimentary consultation to meet with Dr Meyer and his friendly team.

The environment of the dentist’s office matters a lot. We here at the Meyer Dental Group strive to make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. At our dental office in Des Plaines, Illinois we have tried our best to create a calm, relaxing environment. We have a massage chair available for our patient’s relaxation needs. During the exam, we are happy to offer you a warm neck roll, cozy blankets, noise canceling headphones for you to listen to your favorite music or relax with NuCalm during your procedure. We strive to make Meyer Dental Group feel like home with our daily fresh baked cookies and individual brewed coffee and tea.

Whether you have a toothache or not, if you’ve been avoiding the dentist because of fear, the Meyer Dental Group can help. We’ll make your experience as stress-free and comfortable as we can. Call today for a consultation.

Des Plaines dentist IL, Dr. Meyer, will provide a solution to toothaches,

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Learn about traditional braces

Learn about traditional braces

A “bad bite” or malocclusion can affect your dental health, overall health, and self-confidence.  Malocclusion is the dental term for teeth that don’t fit together properly. It literally means “bad bite.” Malocclusion that is not corrected can affect your profile and appearance. Traditional braces can be used to bring teeth into proper alignments again.

About orthodontic treatments

Orthodontic treatments will usually start once all baby teeth have been lost.  However, we are seeing the importance and great impact of early intervention orthodontics.   While children are in transition of baby teeth to their permanent teeth, orthodontic therapy can help widen the dental arches.  This will often times allow permanent teeth to come into the ideal position on their own, as well as increase airway spaces allowing for better oxygen exchange for optimal health and development.

Problems that come with a “bad bite”

Poorly aligned teeth can also contribute to the following:

  • tooth decay
  • bone loss of teeth
  • jaw joint problems

In turn, jaw joint problems can cause

Correct your bite with braces

Correcting your bite through traditional braces can improve your dental health as well as your overall health with an added bonus of boosting your self-confidence and giving you a terrific looking smile!

At Meyer Dental Group, we are happy to evaluate you to find out of traditional braces or early intervention orthodontics is right for you!  We proudly serve the Des Plaines, Mt Prospect, Arlington Heights, Chicago and surrounding areas.  Call us at (847)827-6290 or make an appointment for your orthodontic consultation.

Improve your smile in 5 ways

Improve your smile in 5 ways

Your smile is usually the first thing you see when you meet someone new. Whether you’re a senior or a teenager, putting your best smile forward is important. Even if your teeth are already glowing white or straight, we’ve put together five ways you can improve your smile.

1. Visit us at Meyer Dental Group on a regular to improve your smile

It may seem obvious, but scheduling regular dental visits with us are important. We recommend at least every six months! Even if you’re just coming in for a cleaning and a check-up, our professionals will be able to spot any potential concerns. Problems like plaque build-up or cavities that may arise in the future can solve them before they become a serious problem.

Visiting us every few months for a deep clean is also important. We will remove any plaque build-up that can lead to serious gum disease. This help avoid ruining the appearance of your gums down the road.

2. Floss & Brush

I know we’ve been telling you to brush and floss your whole life, but it’s for good reason. Flossing should be done daily to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Brushing after you eat will prevent any future gum disease, or reverse its effects if you’re already suffering from it.

3. Teeth Whitening

Using a teeth whitening tray is a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth without investing a lot of time or money. Using a whitening tray once a day can whiten your smile several shades in just a matter of weeks. Even if your teeth are already white, a few weeks with a whitening tray will give your smile that much brighter of an appearance.

4. Dental Veneers

If you have been grinding your teeth throughout your life or perhaps just have uneven teeth, veneers can be a great option for you. Dental veneers give your teeth the appearance of being smooth and straight. Aside from mimicking your natural teeth, veneers restore the function for you teeth.

5. Adult Braces

We know braces may seem like something you got rid of as soon as you graduated high school. Braces are still a great way to straighten teeth, even in your later years. We now have invisible braces – which have the same straightening effect as braces, but without the geeky appearance.

There you have it. Cosmetic dentistry has advanced in helping people with their confidence by improving smiles and restoring your teeth’s function. If you have any questions regarding the ways we listed above or have not listed, feel free to contact us. Our friendly, family-oriented team can go over more options with you.


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