How Long Can I Go Without Seeing My Dentist?
No one likes going to the dentist, which is why it might be a good idea to understand the price of not going. Small dental issues can quickly become large (and expensive) ones, so here are some things which a regular trip to the dentist can help avoid:
Bad breath – Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by several factors including food and even mood. An more serious cause though is periodontal disease, which is generally caused by inadequate brushing and flossing. If you’re in bad brushing/flossing habits, your dentist will soon let you know and get that fresh breath back again.
Cavities. Who wants a hole in their tooth? That’s what a cavity is and it only takes a small spot that you’re not brushing adequately to end up needing to be filled – yes, a filling, drill, gah. The solution? A regular visit to your dentist!
Gum disease. Irregular or inadequate brushing and flossing can allow the gums to develop some nasty diseases. If you have signs of bleeding, over-redness, puss or space developing between teeth and gums, start kicking yourself for not getting back to your dentist a little sooner. And go ASAP!
If you’re a smoker, and even more so if you drink a lot, cancer of the mouth, aka oral cancer, could be on the prowl. If you spot lesions or spots on your gums, be very concerned because oral cancer can’t be spotted in its early stages. Your dentist knows what to look for though and can spot such problems, if you have a regular checkup.
Need more reasons to visit your dentist regularly? You shouldn’t! Hop on the phone and make an appointment. If money’s an issue then think of how much a small problem now will be in 3-6 months time!