Putting off a dental appointment is easy, especially when you're trying to fix a dental appointment in your busy schedule. Plus, there is always that dental anxiety that comes up whenever visiting a dentist is mentioned, not forgetting the bill that comes after. All these factors contribute to numerous people missing their dental appointment. Yet there are various consequences of failing to see a dentist regularly. Below are some consequences of failing to schedule dental appointments.
Reduce the Risk of Cavities
Skipping your dental appointment increases the risk of bacteria build-up. In turn, that increases the acids in your mouth, leading to the dissolution of the tooth enamel's protective mineral layer. That then leads to the development of tooth cavities. Failure to treat the cavities early causes them to develop until they reach the tooth pulp. Once these cavities get to the tooth pulp, the problem becomes more complex and expensive to treat.
Prevent Tooth Pain
When cavities start developing, your teeth start aching or becoming sensitive. If your teeth aren't examined regularly, these symptoms will continue to worsen. So, these issues can end up affecting your quality of life and become expensive to repair. On the other hand, regular visits to the dentist allow them to examine your teeth and fix any issues. That includes filling any cavities and advising you on the best way to prevent similar problems.
Avoid Mouth Diseases
Prolonged neglect of oral health also causes gum diseases like periodontal disease. But regular dental check-ups and cleanings allow the professionals to identify the issue and treat it early enough. Visiting a dentist could help you avoid gum disease altogether. That way, you will always your dental health in good shape.
Maintain Fresh Breath
No one wants to be around people when your breath stinks. While various things cause halitosis, one primary source could be dental issues. Some dental problems that significantly contribute to bad breath are gum disease and tooth decay.
The best way to ensure your breath is always fresh is by following proper dental hygiene practices. It is also helpful to avoid foods with strong odours, such as garlic. However, no matter how much you brush your teeth, bad breath can still develop if you ignore dentist appointments.
Seeing a dental expert is crucial to ensure your teeth are fixed and prevent bacteria build-up in the mouth. Though ignoring appointments may seem like a minor matter, oral issues develop and advance very fast. So, scheduling and keeping your dental appointment could make the difference between treating problems early and handling aggressive and costly treatments later.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!