Meet Demetria Rhynes.
She’s been going to the dentist regularly for the past 11 years…but one appointment back in 2011 changed everything for her.
“I was at the dentist for my regular exam and on that day we had to a filling. They numbed the gum.”
Which is normal protocol when it comes to fixing a cavity.
But after the procedure was complete, she says she knew something still wasn’t right.
“A few days after I still felt the numbness and started to feel tingling on the right side of my face. So that led us to do more tests to find out exactly what was the cause of that,” said Rhynes.
After a Neurologist ran several tests she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic disease that attacks the body’s Central Nervous System.
“It was scary at first, because I didn’t know what to expect and it was something that’s yeah..that I have to live with for the rest of my life,” Rhynes said.
But with the help of her dentist, she was able to get a diagnosis sooner.
And now the Georgia Dental Association wants to encourage more awareness about the importance of dental health — with their new campaign Because I Saw My Dentist.
“I think it’s very important that we have this campaign that educates Georgians on the need to establish a dental home and have regular dental check-ups,” said Dr. Thomas Broderick, the President of the Georgia Dental Association.
Teaching people that going to the dentist is about more than just learning how to brush and floss properly.
Dental experts say you should visit your dentist every six months for a routine check-up.
You can start to take your children to the dentist as early as 3-years-old.
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