Yes, you read that right. No, your Georgetown dentist isn’t kidding. Did you know that dentistry and the auto industry are similar, more precisely, in terms of parts, service, and routine maintenance.
This Old Gas Guzzler
Here’s a question even a non-driver or kiddo can answer: What happens when your car runs out of gasoline? It stops running and you go nowhere. The same can be said for your smile. If you don’t give it what it needs to run or function optimally, there’s a chance it could give out on you when you least expect it. It’s important to take care of your smile, just like you would your care with routine general dentistry or maintenance that’s designed to keep your oral health on the fast track to a perpetually perfect smile.
Think of Your Teeth as Tires
Have you ever been driving and found that your worn out tires are wanting to pull your vehicle in one direction? Is it the tires or is it the alignment that’s off? Your alignment being your bite or your jaw. Think of your teeth as tires and your jaw joints or your TMJ are just like your car’s alignment. Your muscles act like the steering wheel that’s also in need of constant adjustment so that you don’t veer off the road.
Your teeth or tires should never wear out because they’re built to last a lifetime. But if your bite or alignment is a little bit off, your muscles start to work harder than they need to to compensate. Teeth can be more prone to breaks, chips, and cracks where crowns and root canals could be necessary. With all of this going on do you know what else can happen when things are out of alignment? There’s a variety of non-dental related symptoms that often go misdiagnosed such as:
- Ear, neck, and back pain
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Ringing in the ears
- Generalized anxiety
- Headaches and migraines
At our dental office in Georgetown, we help patients from across Austin learn more about their teeth and how to improve their oral health. If one of the ways your dentist in Georgetown can help you better understand is by comparing your oral health to auto care, then so be it! If you have questions for us about taking care of your smile, please schedule a no-obligation consultation to talk.