Prioritize Your Family’s Oral Health This Year With Dr. Joshua Stamper
Whether or not you’re one of those that choose to make New Year’s Resolutions, every January seems to feel like a new beginning. The grogginess of New Year’s Eve fades, and the Christmas spirit has waned, and it becomes time to take those positive steps toward improvements that have been lingering in the back of your head all year.
This year I challenge you to think outside the box and prioritize you and your family’s oral health. People underestimate how much a healthy, glowing smile can accompany changes such as recent weight loss or a makeover. And that’s where I come in; my name is Dr. Josh Stamper and I’m here to help you better understand what exactly oral health is and how together we can get you the smile you’ve always wanted.
It All Starts With Regular Dental Visits
The first step is regular dental visits. I personally believe there is a lot more to you and your health than “looking at your teeth for dark spots.” At my office, a thorough examination always includes checking the teeth and gums, but also checking your bite for irregularities that may give you headaches or prevent you from a restful sleep, examining ALL the tissues in your mouth, including the tongue, as well as an extraoral head and neck examination.
Additionally, it’s important to review your medical history because the latest research shows a connection between medical disease and oral health; from the connection between diabetes and periodontal disease to medications and dry mouth. If you have a significant medical history, it’s imperative your dentist takes this into consideration; no two people are the same, so no dental examination should be the same. You deserve to be taken care of as a whole, not just as a set of teeth.
When Should Children See the Dentist?
This is somewhat controversial topic, as most American Children usually don’t see their family dentist until they are well over 2 years old, which is far later than recommended by both dental and medical professionals. At my office, I tell my patients bring their children in as early as the first tooth starts coming in. I’m big on respecting a family’s busy schedule, so I preach family appointments whenever possible; you get your cleaning and examination, and then your little one can sit in your lap and receive his/her care. I recommend the earlier the better because it allows the child to build a positive relationship with the dentist (the visit is gentle and non-invasive), it allows me to keep you informed on your child’s oral health, and finally allows us to determine if the child may need the care of a specialized pediatric dentist in the future. It’s just a great service to offer a family should the dental office be capable of meeting those unique needs for the modern family.
Choosing the Right Dentist
So which dentist should you go to? I’ll be honest- there is no right or wrong answer. All dentists are extensively trained to take care of most of your dental needs. Your worry shouldn’t be. “Is their work good,” because I assure you it is. The most important thing is your comfort. Everyone is different, and has different needs and wants. It’s important you find a dentist that you can build a positive relationship with, who will guide you through your options for all your dental wants and needs. There’s already a negative connotation with visiting the dentist, so it shouldn’t be made worse by unpleasant staff or uncomfortable accommodations. I’ve been on the other side of the drill a few times, so when I became a dentist I vowed to make it a more enjoyable experience. Modern comforts such as heated and massaging dental chairs, noise cancelling headphones, weighted blankets, neck pillows, aroma therapy, and warm scented towels after your visit are all things my office incorporates to make your visit an enjoyable one. I invite anyone looking for a dentist for the first time, or looking to switch dentists to schedule a visit to tour our facilities and see how I can help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.