6 Things That Happen When You Ignore Your Scheduled Dental Visits

17 August 2016

Ignoring your scheduled dental visit can lead to a host of oral health issues, including cavities, disease, pain, bad breath, stained teeth, tooth loss and more. Contact Oakville Dental to schedule a cleaning and examination in order to prevent the below issues:

  1. Increased risk of cavities
  2. Neglecting your dental visits can lead to a buildup of bacteria, and in turn acids, which dissolve the protective layer of mineral from the tooth enamel. This can cause cavities which, left untreated, can worsen and reach the pulp of the tooth, leading to more serious and costly oral health problems.

  3. Tartar buildup
  4. Plaque, a colourless film of bacteria, is regularly forming on our teeth and gums as we eat. Most plaque can be removed with regular brushing and flossing, however without a regular dental cleaning, plaque can harden into tartar which attaches itself to your teeth’s enamel and gum line. This can lead to inflammation and irritation, and eventually gingivitis. Gingivitis, left untreated, can cause periodontal disease. Tartar can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

  5. Risk of disease
  6. Gum disease, such as periodontal disease, can result from prolonged oral neglect. Without regular dental cleanings and examinations, this disease can’t be identified and treated properly. As well, regularly scheduled dental visits can prevent gum disease. Periodontal disease can cause pain and tooth loss, but with regular dental examinations you can have long-term oral health and prevent tooth or gum decay.

  7. Pain or toothaches
  8. As cavities develop, you’ll begin to experience pain or sensitivity when chewing, or to certain food temperatures. Without a regular oral examination, these symptoms will worsen and impact your daily life and can eventually lead to costly repairs. If you visit your dentist regularly, you can quickly get a cavity filled and your dentist can instruct you on how to prevent cavities in the future.

  9. Bad breath or stained teeth
  10. Long periods without a dental cleaning and examination can cause stained teeth and bad breath. Smoking, as well as eating or drinking dark foods and beverages can cause your teeth to become stained. Bad breath has many causes, such as tooth decay or gum disease which result from lack of regular cleaning. Regular cleanings will help to remove those stains and ensure fresh breath. Teeth brushing and flossing will help to aid in cleaning, however a professional cleaning is much more thorough.

  11. Tooth loss
  12. Ignoring all of the above warning signs that you are in need of a dental cleaning and examination can lead to serious damage to your teeth, such as tooth loss. Tooth loss or removal can be the result of periodontal disease. Tooth decay or damage that goes untreated can damage your smile and lead to costly repairs, such as dentures or dental implants.

Without a regular dental cleaning, you could face not only pain and a dull smile, but also be at risk for disease and tooth loss. Ignoring your scheduled dental visit will cost you more money and time in the future. If you’ve missed an appointment, make sure you contact us at Oakville Dental to book a visit!

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