Why You Should Never Put Off Your Dental Health
Why You Should Never Put Off Your Dental Health
Welcome back to our Florida dentistry blog!
We are excited to serve the families of Clearwater, Florida as a lifelong partner for oral health.
The team here at Clearwater Dental Associates is qualified to cover all of your needs from basic preventative care to more complex cosmetic dentistry solutions.
And like the song says, we are on each other’s team.
We really feel that way.
But we can’t do much to help maintain your healthy smile if you never come to visit our Druid Road office!
People avoid going to the dentist for a variety of reasons, including anxiety.
And with all the demands of modern life, it is easy to tell yourself that you just don’t have enough time right now and you’ll make that next appointment as soon as things slow down for you.
Unfortunately, they probably never will!
To make yourself feel better, you might even tell yourself that unless you see a real problem unfolding, you’ll just do an extra-special job of brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing with fluoride.
That is certainly better than nothing. We can tell you that good oral hygiene does count for something.
Still, putting off regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings is never a good idea in the long run.
This is because, at Clearwater Dental Associates we have specialized knowledge, hands-on experience, and modern dental technology at our disposal.
All these things allow us to recognize potential threats to your oral health and general well being long before you would have any reason to notice.
You might think that everything is going along just fine until you are eventually forced to confront reality.
That’s why we always tell our Clearwater, FL patients that when you wait too long between visits to our dental office, some would-have-been minor concerns can turn into major ordeals that involve more pain and bigger treatment costs for you.
Cavities & Decay
Tooth decay is a big problem in this country and it is one of the main reasons that people turn to their dentists for help.
Whatever you eat and drink leaves its mark on your teeth over time.
The sugars contained in the modern food supply feed the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
What’s more, the acids found in many of our popular foods and beverages can weaken your enamel, so that your teeth becomes even more susceptible to that bacteria.
If you doing your part to brush and floss at home and you are coming in for regular cleanings and examinations, you will be ahead of the game.
Our Clearwater Dental Associates team can help you fight decay by regularly removing the plaque and tartar from all the spaces that are good at harboring bacteria.
We will also be able to catch cavities in their early stages, before the situation escalates.
A small cavity is easy enough to fill, and is more or less pain-free.
But if the decay works its way through your enamel into the soft pulp of your tooth, you will likely require a root canal.
Ouch is right!
Even worse than a root canal is your fate if the decay has become too severe to save.
In that case, we are talking about an extraction, and then some sort of artificial replacement option like a dental implant.
We can assure you that none of these things are as pleasant or affordable as keeping regular preventative dental appointments.
Gum disease is an increasingly common issue in the United States, but its early symptoms are hard to self-diagnose.
As it happens, gum disease is also caused by bacteria.
It can manifest itself at first as a slight irritation of your soft tissues.
There might be some redness and maybe a little bleeding.
In such an early stage, gum disease is relatively easy to treat and the damage can be reversed.
But if it is not properly addressed it can mean real trouble for you not too far down the road.
As gum disease advances into full blown periodontal disease, your gums will recede away from your teeth, even to the point of exposing the roots.
This is when teeth could start falling out.
To add to the fun, pockets of infection can form between your teeth, which can spread throughout your mouth, jeopardizing your teeth and your overall health if it makes it into your bloodstream.
Again, regular cleanings are a better way to go.
These will help add another layer of protection against gum disease, and our thorough examinations will allow us to detect it (if it ever develops) while it is still in the earliest stages and easily reversible.
Get Back On Board Today!
Considering all the positive benefits you’d be losing and all the negative consequences you might be gaining, you should never allow yourself to be too busy to keep up with your oral health!
Contact our Clearwater, FL dental team to schedule your next appointment today.