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5 Consequences Of Missing Your Dental Exam

Most of us are aware that we should be attending dental exams at least twice a year for a general checkup and cleaning. However, the actual number who attend these visits are at a bare minimum.

This, though, is more harmful than one could ever imagine when it comes to their oral health.

Here are some of the consequences of failing to attend your dental appointments:

#1 A higher risk of cavity development

When you do attend your dental visits, your dentist will automatically know just by inspecting your teeth if you’re doing a good job brushing and flossing.

With X-rays, your dentist can also tell if you’re in the process of developing a cavity even before you notice the symptoms.

Skipping out on your dental exams means more oral bacteria present in the mouth due to lack of sufficient cleanings (since you’re not receiving professional dental cleanings), thus, a higher risk for cavity development.

The worst part about this is the fact that you won’t know you’re developing a cavity until you actually notice the symptoms.

#2 Bad breath (halitosis)

As mentioned, lack of professional dental care leads to an increase in oral bacteria. Smelly bacteria on the tongue, teeth, and in the general mouth leads to smelly breath.

However, attending your biannual dental exams means a thorough evaluation of the mouth and an in-depth cleaning to clear out plaque and tartar that are easily missed through personal hygiene.

These professional dental cleanings are no comparison to the brushing and flossing you do at home. For this reason, it’s vital to seek out a dentist twice a year at a minimum.

#3 Tooth discoloration

The buildup of oral bacteria and stains from foods and beverages leads to tooth discoloration. However, attending your dental appointments will ensure the enamel layer is as clean as possible.

With a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth from your dentist or hygienist, your teeth will look new and beautiful in no time. Excessive tooth discoloration can also be resolved with professional tooth whitening.

#4 Tooth loss

In severe cases, the lack of dental visits could lead to tooth loss. Those who refuse to go to the dentist are much more likely to not care or understand the risks of not caring for their teeth.

These people also often suffer from oral hygiene, thinking they’re doing a good job when in reality, they aren’t, and they don’t have a professional dentist to tell them otherwise.

While there are ways to resolve tooth loss such as dental implants or full/partial dentures, these are often expensive, unwanted by some patients, and of course, easily avoidable through the proper oral care.

#5 Potential for more expensive dental costs and procedures in the future

Of course with worsened oral health increases the risk of future dental costs and oral procedures.

If you don’t attend your biannual dental appointments, how will you know if you have gum disease? How will you know if you’re lacking oral hygienic care?

Letting your dental exams slide by will not only increase your risk of oral diseases and conditions but also cause persistent damage to your oral health and rest of your body, increasing dental and medical expenses later down the road as you require the proper treatment or procedures to regain your health.

For this reason, the simple attendance of your dental exams is important.


Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

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