Sure, we all get busy.
Sometimes we have to reschedule a dental appointment every now and then.
While that’s no problem, there’s a wide selection of people out there who completely miss a dental appointment, or two or three, altogether and don’t show up for another appointment until the following year.
Even if it’s just one appointment missed, the health of your teeth and overall condition of your mouth could in fact suffer.
So, why is it important to attend all your dental appointments?
Your cavities can be spotted quickly before they cause other oral problems.
Some people are misinformed or uneducated on the effect cavities have on their oral standing.
Many believe that the worse a cavity could do is make their teeth look ugly and cause a bit of oral pain and sensitivity, but cavities, if left untreated for even a few months too long, can cause a lot of harm.
Leaving a tooth to decay is not only painful, but it could also lead to infection, in turn, leading to tooth loss. Cavities don’t just sit there; they get deeper, uglier, and more painful overtime.
Luckily with modern dentistry, cavities can be detected and treated before we even know we have them and at a time that is barely harmful to our health.
Potential oral cancers and other diseases can be diagnosed and treated ASAP.
While oral cancers and other diseases aren’t per say common in dental patients, they still have a very real possibility of developing.
With gum disease and oral cancers, these are important to detect as soon as possible as these are not curable, at least not in the late stages.
We are very lucky to have the tools, knowledge, and technology at our fingertips to spot the things that are very harmful to our oral and general health.
Your dentist can get rid of your plaque before it turns into hard-to-remove tartar.
This may not seem very important to some patients, however, keep in mind that plaque is a type of dangerous oral bacteria that can cause gum disease, cavities, and other health problems.
With that being said, imagine how damaging tartar is, which is a more permanent, hardened form of plaque. Looking at the short term effects, tartar is visible in comparison to microscopic plaque.
It’s white in color, very similar to the color of your teeth, though it can be quite visible when it forms within the spaces of your teeth as if you have food stuck between your pearly whites. Being a stronger form of bacteria, tartar also causes bad breath.
Dentists, though, can thoroughly remove excess plaque on and between your teeth before it turns into tartar, and even remove tartar if it already formed.
Remember, tartar isn’t something you should attempt to remove on your own. Visiting the dentist is the only way you can properly have this substance removed in a safe manner.
Your body will thank you in the short and long run.
The goal of having good oral standing isn’t always about having perfectly straight, white teeth and fresh breath. It’s also about keeping your oral bacteria levels down.
The less oral bacteria you have, the healthier the rest of your body will be and the less bad bacteria that will be present in the rest of your body. In general, bad bacteria can cause a distorted digestive system and gut flora and in turn cause other body-related problems and diseases.
A lot of it all starts with the bacteria present in your mouth.