July 7, 2019
Have you been skipping your routine visits with a dentist in Carrollton? Putting your checkups and cleanings on the backburner can have detrimental effects on not just your oral health, but also your overall wellbeing. Even though you may be diligent about brushing and flossing at home, there are hard-to-reach places in your mouth that you can’t get with a toothbrush at home. Dental professionals are specially trained and equipped to get into these nooks and crannies and spot issues before they progress and cause you big problems down the road. Read on for 4 dangers of skipping appointments with your dentist.
Increased Risk of Developing in Gum Disease
Whether or not you regularly keep up with oral hygiene, harmful bacteria in your mouth can hideout between cracks of your mouth. For example, if you have crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth, it’s more difficult to floss and brush between them. When food particles, plaque, and bacteria are left to accumulate, it can result in a number of common oral health problems like cavities and infection.
Harmful oral bacteria are also the cause of one of the most popular oral conditions, gum disease. When you skip out on your professional cleanings and checkups, not only can this condition go unchecked and progress to cause other illnesses throughout the body, but it can also result in serious effects like receding gums.
Higher Risk of Developing Late-Stages of Oral Cancer
You may not have noticed, but each time you visit your dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning, they’ll also conduct an oral cancer screening. During this, they’ll be on the lookout for common symptoms like red and white patches in your mouth or oral sores that won’t heal. The reason this deadly disease is so serious is that it progresses incredibly quickly. This makes it even more important to get screened for routinely. The sooner oral cancer is spotted, the more likely it is to be successfully treated.
Increased Likelihood of Losing One or More Teeth
When you leave issues such as cavities, infections, and gum disease to progress, they can wreak havoc on your mouth. Not only can they cause issues such as bad breath and discolored teeth, but they can also result in tooth loss. When cavities aren’t treated early on, they can’t be repaired with a simple filling and the tooth may need to be extracted instead, similar to infections. Additionally, when gum disease is left to progress it can result in gum recession and tooth loss.
Problems Left to Progress Need More Invasive Treatments
When common oral health problems aren’t treated, it can cause even more issues down the road. Not only will those additional issues require more time, money, and effort to treat once they’ve progressed, but they’ll also require more invasive treatments like tooth extractions. All patients can agree that a simple checkup and cleaning is significantly less of a hassle than root canal therapy and needing restorations.
Although it can seem easy to put your checkup and cleaning on the backburner at the moment, it won’t be easy when you have to handle the consequences of that decision later on. If you’re anxious or afraid of visiting your dentist, be sure to check and see if they offer sedation services that can help you relax and get the treatment you need.
About the Author
Dr. Marco Caballeros believes in giving his patients individualized and compassionate dental care. He strives to create an environment where his patients feel a mutual respect and consideration. He has experiencing providing treatment to medically compromised patients of all ages and has completed his Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. For questions or to schedule a checkup and cleaning, visit On Point Dentistry’s website or contact 972-418-8461.
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