Some people do what they can to avoid the dentist, but often times avoiding the dentist is worse than actually going to the dentist. The fact of the matter is, a trip to the dentist can save you thousands of dollars and a considerable amount of pain. Purposefully avoiding treatment tends to produce worse results. In this article, we’ll discuss why.
Delayed Dental Treatment Leads to Worsening Conditions
You don’t need to be a medical doctor to know that if you leave a health condition untreated, the condition is likely to worsen. That is very true of dental problems. While in some cases, the pain is so excruciating that you will have no choice but to see a dentist, in other cases, the pain can be manageable or intermittent and nonetheless a sign of a major underlying dental problem.
Untreated Tooth Aches
A simple toothache that’s been left untreated can result in an abscess, gum disease, tooth loss, and even bone loss. When a tooth abscesses, the pulp and material inside the tooth have become infected. The tooth can be saved by a process known as a root canal, or the tooth can be extracted if the decay is too extensive.
Untreated Gum Disease
Your mouth is located near your lungs and your heart, two of the most integral parts of the human body. Gum disease is an infection in the gums that is caused by bacteria that live in built-up plaque underneath the gum line. Over years, the condition will worsen causing erosion to the gum tissue. Once it’s in the gum tissue, the bacteria will cause the gums to recede from around your teeth making it easier for them to fall out. Even without any teeth left, gum disease is dangerous and the ensuing erosion can make its way into the jawbone itself.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum or periodontal disease. It can be easily treated and proper dental hygiene will ensure that it doesn’t return. But by the time it’s eroding the gums, you can breathe the bacteria into your lungs where it has access to your heart. An infection in your heart can cause heart disease. Those with advanced gum problems are at higher risk of heart disease.
Don’t Delay Dental Treatment
The more advanced your dental problem, the more invasive the procedure is to correct the problem. Since most people don’t like the dentist because we make folks very uncomfortable, dentists have begun preaching the basics of a lifetime of excellent oral hygiene to prevent our patients from becoming too uncomfortable. When it comes to dentistry, preventative medicine is still the best medicine. But if you have advanced dental problems, the time to deal with them was yesterday.
Call Peak Family Dental Care Today
If you’ve been putting off having dental work done because of fear, you should know that the worse your dental problems are, the more invasive the procedure is to correct the problem. Instead, call Peak Family Dental Care today and schedule an appointment.