What Can Happen When Dental Care is Put Off, Besides Lost Teeth

Taking care of your teeth is important. You’ve probably heard that multiple times throughout the course of your life.

Brush your teeth, floss them, go to the dentist regularly. You’ve heard that neglecting your teeth could lead to tooth loss.

But putting off your dental care can cause so much more.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that occurs when bacteria infects your gums. It starts out as gingivitis, which is simply the infection of your gums. You might notice your gums have become red or that they bleed when you brush or floss.

Untreated, it spreads under the gums and infects your teeth and even your jawbone. While this can contribute to tooth loss, it makes your mouth look bad and the infection can even spread into your blood stream.

Bad Breath

Putting off your dental care can lead to bad breath. This happens because bacteria are left to grow unchecked, producing acids. Not only that, but if you have left over food particles in your mouth stuck between your teeth or hiding under your gums (due to severe gum disease) eventually that food will begin to rot, assisting in producing bad smells.

More Involved (and Expensive) Procedures

The longer you neglect your teeth, the worse issues can become. These can be painless, or you might wind up suffering with a severe toothache.

Cavities become bigger, destroying your teeth. Infections in your teeth can lead to abscesses, which need root canals. And if you lose your teeth, you need to replace them, which may mean dentures or implants (which are a better, but more expensive option).

Other Diseases

When gum disease gets bad enough, and the infection spreads into your bloodstream, you run the risk of developing other health issues that seemingly have nothing to do with your teeth. Poor oral health has been linked to diabetes, heart problems and certain cancers.

Taking care of your teeth might not seem like an important task, but it is crucial that you don’t neglect it. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.

And be sure to contact our office at least twice a year, which can help detect and prevent serious issues from ever occurring.

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