If you didn’t visit the dentist in the past year, you have a lot of company. Figures from the Kaiser Family Foundation show that in 2014 about one-third of adults in the U.S. found a way to avoid six-month checkups, having cavities filled, or not getting help with conditions like sore gums. Fear and not wanting to pay the costs are some of the reasons they skipped stepping through a dentist’s door.
The state where most people visit the dentist annually is Connecticut with an estimated 74.9 percent who made the trek while West Virginia lagged behind with 54.2 percent of residents paying a visit. California had an average turnout at 65.1 percent.
In Southern California, a Beverly Hills dentist has put a pleasant face on the practice. Dr. Sam Saleh who moved from London to LA in 2003 is a positive ambassador for the profession, and he wants to change how the work is perceived.
Dentistry is Wellness
Topics like weight loss and getting proper amounts of sleep are associated with wellness programs. Oral health should be given priority status since the mouth can reveal clues about a patient’s overall well-being. Dr. Saleh has an approach that fits with his celebrity clientele and others who visit his Rodeo Drive penthouse office. His practice, ORA Dentistry Spa, is more than a place to get implants or veneers.
Luxury transportation is available to and from the office and massage therapy is available during sessions as well. Private rooms have specific themes that are designed for maximum relaxation.
Dentistry Restores Confidence
The way a person smiles can reveal their confidence or insecurities. Chipped and broken teeth, discoloration, or trauma that calls for full mouth restoration can inhibit someone from being fully confident in relationships or in the workplace. A porcelain veneer that’s as thin as a contact lens or dental implants where one tooth can naturally be replaced are ways that dentistry has progressed to benefit patients.
Dentistry can be Fun
Beverly Hills professionals who consult with entertainment elites and other celebrities make the media rounds. They talk about serious issues but they can get the message across in an entertaining way and offer practical advice. Dr. Saleh has appeared various times on the Tyra Banks show, the Doctors Show on KCAL 9 and has talked about working with celebrities.
He’s also stayed quite down to earth. He’s a lecturer of Restorative Dentistry at UCLA and volunteers with organizations like the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
As the dental industry progresses with new techniques and offers more options to patients, there will be fewer reasons to not pay a visit as part of a personal health regimen. A healthy body begins with a healthy mouth.