December 22, 2018
Juggling work, errands, and shuttling the kids between school and extracurricular activities sure can take up a lot of time! With everything on your to-do list, it can be tempting to decide to skip a routine trip to the dentist. You would not be the only one to give into temptation. In fact, according to the Commonwealth Fund, more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults skipped a routine dental visit in 2016 – that is roughly 80 million people! However, before you decide to ditch your next routine dental checkup, consider these 3 potential health risks highlighted by a dentist in Lathrup Village.
Why do People Skip Routine Dental Visits?
The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a regular dental exam and cleaning. When people neglect or ignore this advice, it is usually linked to one of three reasons:
- Dental Anxiety
No matter the reason, skipping regular trips to the dentist can negatively impact your dental health over the long-term. When not identified early, minor dental health issues can worsen and become serious problems later down the line.
3 Health Risks of Avoiding Dental Checkups
Skipping trips to the dentist can negatively affect your health in the following 3 ways:
- Increased Risk of Tooth Decay – Even if you are diligent about brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day at home, plaque and tartar can still accumulate on your teeth over time – especially in those tiny spaces in between teeth that can be difficult to reach. Plaque and tartar weaken tooth enamel and contribute to decay. During a routine dental exam, your dentist or hygienist will expertly clean your teeth and remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of decay.
- Increased Risk of Gum Disease – Plaque and tartar buildup can also damage the health of your gums. The warning signs of gum disease, especially in the early stages, can be very subtle and difficult to notice at home. However, if left untreated gum disease can worsen and eventually lead to tooth loss
- Miss Early Signs of Oral Cancer – A dentist will look for any signs of oral trouble – such as cavities, gum disease, damaged fillings and early signs of oral cancer – during every regular checkup. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial to overcoming the disease, as it is easiest to remove in the early stages.
Remember, putting off a regular dental checkup may actually put your dental health in jeopardy. The next time you are tempted to skip a regular dental checkup, pick up the phone instead and call a dentist in Lathrup Village.
About the Author
A member of the Michigan Dental Association, Dr. Jeffrey Solomon provides excellent dental care to patients of all ages in Lathrup Village and surrounding communities. He and the staff at Signature Smiles strongly recommend patients visit the office every six months for a dental checkup. For more information on preventive dentistry, visit the Signature Smiles website or call Dr. Solomon at the office at 248-557-5756.
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