February 5, 2020
If you’re like millions of people in the United States, you find yourself looking for the perfect excuse to skip out on your next dental appointment. Too busy? Waiting for the next paycheck? Afraid of needles? Worried they’ll judge you? No matter the reason, missing a dentist appointment can mean big trouble for your oral health. Read on to find out why it’s in your best interest to go ahead with your next appointment and what can happen if you don’t.
Why It’s Important to See Your Dentist
Regular dental checkups and cleanings should occur every six months. Not only does the American Dental Association recommend this type of timeline but so does your dentist. These visits make it possible to detect abnormalities or issues that can develop in your mouth and lead to more serious oral and overall health problems. In addition, frequent cleanings allow for the removal of plaque and tartar buildup, the key ingredient for gum disease.
While yes, your dentist enjoys seeing your smiling face twice a year, it’s more about ensuring your teeth and gums are in optimal condition. If not, it’s an opportunity to get started on a treatment plan that will help you to keep your natural teeth longer and smiling more confidently for years to come.
What Can Happen if You Don’t
Should you choose to forgo your appointment in the belief that nothing bad will happen to your teeth or gums as long as you brush and floss every day, this will most likely not end well. First, good oral habits performed at home are helpful, but they cannot catch everything. Professional dental cleanings make it possible to reach the smallest crevices where bacteria and food particles hideout, thus, reducing your chances of developing tooth decay or cavities.
Apart from the cleaning, you do realize that since you are not a dental professional, you will most likely be unable to see any problem areas that exist underneath the gum line. One of the most effective ways to catch any type of abnormality that cannot be seen by the naked eye is with dental x-rays. By allowing your dentist to perform a thorough examination of your oral cavity, they will be able to detect problem areas both above and below the gums and in other areas of your facial structure.
Everything from tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer can occur at any time, which is why early detection is key to treating all these dental problems and more. Allowing them to progress and worsen will lead to serious health-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, neurological disorders, and even diabetes and high blood pressure.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Make a choice to take charge of your oral health and schedule an appointment today with your local dentist.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry attended Nicholls State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He then went on to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. Graduating in 1982, he immediately opened Lapalco Family Dental and has been serving families in Marrero ever since. With more than 30 years of dental practice experience, he and his team strive to provide patients with quality care every time they walk through the door. If you’re searching for “a dentist near me,” to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile, contact us at (504) 348-0080.
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