Everyone gets busy. And to a lot of people, visiting the dentist isn’t an urgent matter. So, it is easy to see why some people go for extended periods of time without going to the dentist. But, there are some risks involved with avoiding the dentist.
According to Dr. Victoria Veytsman, prevention is key when it comes to oral hygiene. And seeing your dentist can prevent bigger issues down the road.
Here are some risks you take when you avoid going to the dentist:
According to Dr. Leslie Townsend, even if you brush and floss daily, it only removes a thin layer of film on the teeth. A professional cleaning can remove buildup in hard to reach areas.
But, if you skip these cleanings, the plaque remains untouched and accumulates.
According to Dr. Michael Hardcastle, teeth can become yellow with age, but visiting the dentist can help slow down this process. This is because regular cleanings can remove stains and debris that would normally cause permanent yellowing to the enamel.
Gum disease is a long term effect of poor oral hygiene according to Dr. Hardcastle. And most of the time people don’t even realize the extent of their gum problems until it is too late and they start having symptoms such as painful and bleeding gums.
Also, if the gum disease becomes advanced, treatment will require even more visits to the dentist than normal. So, it is probably better to avoid these problems in the first place by visiting your dentist regularly.
According to Dr. Hardcastle, as a gum infection progresses, the gum tissue will become inflamed and separate from the teeth, which causes a tooth to become loose and eventually fall out.
And this isn’t as uncommon as you might think, especially in young adults. According to the NIDCR, young adults between the ages 20-34 have an average of five missing teeth!
Beyond the Mouth
“What happens in the mouth happens in the body” says Dr. Mark Burhenne from Ask the Dentist.
According to Dr. Hardcastle, bacteria in the mouth can be released into the bloodstream and in turn cause lots of problems for other areas of the body. In fact, people with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart problems and are at an increased risk of dementia, respiratory problems, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, premature birth, and some forms of cancer.
Sources: Bustle, Village Dental Care, Ask the Dentist
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