When you are young and living with your parents they decide when you should go to the dentist. More often than not, you have no choice but to agree. As you get older, unless you have an imperfection with your teeth that embarrasses you – like crooked teeth or overcrowding, you may never think about going to the dentist until you get a toothache. You may never need to suffer from a toothache if you attend your dentist once every six months just for a check-up.
Some of the things that can happen if you don’t attend regular dental appointments
1. Plaque forming on your teeth
Brushing and flossing helps to reduce the build-up of plaque but it can’t remove everything. Eventually the plaque hardens into tartar and becomes the breeding ground for damaging bacteria. This can be removed if you attend your dentist every six months.
2. Tooth decay can go undetected
You won’t know if you have a cavity developing in your teeth until you start to feel pain. By the time this happens it may be hard for your dentist to treat this without you losing your tooth. A six monthly check-up will alert your dentist to the chance of a cavity forming and can stop it before further decay has set in.
3. Tooth loss can happen with little notice
There are many things that could lead to tooth loss and it’s not just age. Young adults between the ages of 20 and 34 years have on average 5 teeth missing already. Diet could be one factor while neglect could be another. This could be avoided by visiting your dentist regularly so any issues with your teeth can be detected and treated early.
4. Gum disease can start without pain
Your gums may be puffy and red but they may not hurt. This could signify gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. This will be noticed by your dentist as long as you attend regularly.
5. Bad breath due to teeth neglect
You may just clean your teeth a bit more often or even use a breath freshener to cover up bad breath. In the long run this won’t do any good as the best remedy for this affliction is getting your dentist to remove all that build up of plaque and tartar. It’s the bacteria forming in the plaque that releases an unpleasant smell which can be removed by regular cleaning by your dentist.
6. Cavities need treating early
If you don’t get plaque and tartar removed by your dentist, cavities are more likely to form unnoticed. A small cavity is easy to remedy but larger cavities are sometimes impossible to fill and may need longer and more expensive treatment like a root canal and crown. A 6 monthly dental check-up can sort these sorts of problems out before it’s too late.
7. Tooth stains can be hard to remove
Even your regular brushing and flossing won’t be able to keep your teeth white and sparkling but a dentist can give your teeth that extra clean so you can be proud of the appearance of your teeth.
Just by visiting your dentist twice a year can save you from tooth loss and painful gum disease.