Hello, my name is Cindy. I live in the suburbs of Sydney with my family. Although I would occasionally visit the doctor when I was feeling too good or if one of the children had a cold. However, my whole view on doctors changed when I found a lump on breast last year. I went to my GP in a panic, but he was a real sweetie. He calmed me down and explained he would refer me for a further investigation. Thankfully, they caught my cancer early and after some treatment, I made a full recovery. Since this close call, I have taken a keen interest in everything health related.
Not many people enjoy visits to the dentist. In fact, a good number of people have a fear for dental examinations and treatments to a point that they will put off going to visit this professional until they have a serious issue with their teeth. However, visits to the dentist are not merely about treating a pre-existing oral problem. Sticking to your scheduled appointments functions as preventative care for your oral health, which can go a long way in preventing dental problems in the first place! If you have been avoiding going to the dentist, below are the consequences of missing your scheduled visits.
One thing you may not know about your mouth is that it is a haven for bacteria. The warm and moist conditions are a perfect habitat for these microorganisms, and if pathogens are present, then you become at high risk of developing an infection. Gum disease tends to be the most common type of infection that you will develop, due to poor oral care coupled with lack of dental health care. When you are not having your teeth cleaned thoroughly on occasion, plaque accumulates on your teeth and over time, your gums become irritated and eventually succumb to oral diseases. The first sign of gum disease is bleeding so this should alert you to the need for dental care. Left unchecked, you could end up developing receding gums, sores and so on.
Another consequence of ignoring your scheduled dental appointment is tooth discolouration. Everything that you ingest has direct contact with your enamel. And if you are a heavy coffee drinker, smoker or love indulging in red wine, your teeth will become stained progressively. Failure to catch this staining in time by having your teeth cleaned regularly will lead to severe discolouration that could need intervention via teeth whitening, dental veneers and more! It is worth noting that surface stains can be easier to get rid of when caught early, if the discolouration is intrinsic, then you will need extensive dental intervention. Rather than wait for severe staining, you must visit your dentist when they recommend it.
One of the most severe consequences of neglecting the importance of dental visits is tooth loss. Losing a tooth as an adult, more so in a conspicuous area such as the incisors or the canines, can deal a huge blow to your confidence. Moreover, tooth replacement, whether via dental bridge or a dental implant, can be costly. When you do not seek professional care for your teeth, the teeth can gradually weaken due to tooth decay, periodontitis and other oral problems. Seeing a dentist routinely can substantially prevent his from happening.Share
18 September 2019