Small Problems Become Big Ones When You Avoid the Dentist
Today families are busier than ever. Between work, school, piano lessons, dance class, book club, little league, community volunteer work, and everything else that comes with being an active member of modern society, it is sometimes hard to do the things you really need to do to stay healthy.
People avoid going to the dentist for a variety of reasons, so it is easy to say you don’t have enough time and put your professional dental care on the back burner. You might tell yourself you’ll do an extra-good job of brushing your teeth and worry about going to the dentist when you really have a problem.
Putting off regular dental exams and cleanings is never a good idea. At Clearwater Dental Associates we have the expertise, experience, and dental technology to recognize potential threats to your oral health long before you would. If you wait until you get a toothache to come into our office in Clearwater, FL, it may be too late to save your tooth, whereas we may have been able to catch it early and treated it with a simple filling if you had come in for an examination.
Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons people seek dental attention. The food you eat and beverages you drink take a toll on your teeth after a while. The sugars in food, even fruits and vegetables, feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay, and the acid in food and drinks weakens the enamel, so that your teeth becomes more vulnerable to that bacteria.
If you are coming in for regular cleanings and examinations, we can help fight decay by removing plaque and tartar from spaces that are hard to reach at home and can hide bacteria. We will also be able to catch decay in the early stages, before it gets serious. A small cavity is easy to fill, but if the decay gets all the way through your enamel into the soft pulp inside your tooth, you will likely require a root canal, or if the decay is too severe an extraction.
Tooth decay can also cause infections in your tooth, which can spread to other teeth, to your gums, and even to your bloodstream, where it can move throughout your body. A fever or more serious symptoms can result from a small cavity if you do not get the dentale you need.
Gum disease is another common dental affliction, but its early symptoms are hard to recognize. In fact, you may not even notice any symptoms until the gum disease is already fairly advanced and you are at danger of losing some teeth.
Gum disease, which is also caused by bacteria, can start as a slight irritation of the gum, with some redness and maybe a little bleeding. At this stage, gum disease is easy to treat, but if it is not taken care, then it can grow into a bigger problem.
As gum disease gets more severe, your gums will recede away from your teeth, sometimes enough to expose the root, which is much more vulnerable to decay than the rest of your tooth. This could lead to loose teeth, and if it still goes untreated, teeth could start falling out. Also, pockets of infection can form between your teeth, which can spread throughout your mouth, jeopardizing the your teeth and your health.
Regular cleanings will help protect against gums disease, and examinations will allow us to detect it while it is still in the early stages and easily treatable.
If tooth decay or gum disease lead to missing teeth, you could be putting your health at risk, not to mention that when you lose a tooth you are more likely to lose the teeth around that one.
Missing teeth affects your ability to chew, and that limits your diet. After losing teeth you will find that you can’t enjoy all the foods you used to enjoy. Let’s not forget that missing teeth can also have a dramatic effect on your appearance. Obviously, a missing front tooth will leave a big gap in your smile, but missing back teeth will change your appearance, too. Missing molars will cause your cheeks to sink in, aging you prematuring.
Regular examinations at Clearwater Dental Associates will allow us to catch and treat risk to your teeth so that you can keep your natural teeth as long as possible.
Another thing that you will want to avoid is tooth discoloration, and regular professional cleaning can do that. Sure, brushing at home will help protect against staining, at our office we the equipment necessary to give your teeth a deep cleaning that will keep your smile shining bright.
Contact us today to keep your smile healthy!