How many times have you delayed a dental appointment?
We all know that feeling. You have an upcoming appointment to go to the dentist and you’re wondering if you can reschedule. What’s another few months without a dental checkup, right?
Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to that question because every patient’s case is different. In the best circumstances, you have pristine dental hygiene habits and delaying your appointment won’t actually have any lasting effects on your smile.
However, it’s more realistic to assume that there are areas of your oral care that you need to improve. After all, the American Dental Association found startling statistics about dental care when they revealed that “23 percent of Americans have gone two or more days without brushing their teeth in the past year.”
In this situation, going in for a routine dental appointment can mean the difference between treating a small cavity and treating an infected tooth pulp. Essentially, it means catching a problem while it’s manageable versus having to perform damage control on your smile.
‘What Happens if I Neglect My Smile?’
Neglecting oral hygiene, avoiding dental appointments, and consuming a high-sugar diet — poor dental care can occur in a number of ways. While most of us are guilty of these bad habits at least once, continually neglecting dental care can have serious repercussions on our smile and health.
So, what happens if you neglect dental care?
You Develop Cavities: It’s no surprise that consuming a lot of sugar in combination with forgetting to brush and floss can mean serious trouble for the health of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that wear down the teeth over time. After enough time, the tooth enamel will wear down and you will develop a hole in your tooth.
Gum Disease Will Develop or Worsen: Like the development of cavities, gum disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque. Gum disease refers to the infection of gum tissue and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Without proper attention to your dental health, you’re at risk of developing gum disease or your existing condition will worsen.
You’ll Suffer From Bad Breath: When we mention bad breath as a consequence of poor dental care, we’re not talking about the type of bad breath you have after eating onion or garlic. Bad breath that relates to poor dental care typically refers to halitosis, also known as chronic bad breath. This occurs when food particles and bacteria linger in the mouth to cause a foul odor.
It Will Hinder Your Overall Health: Good dental care isn’t just about supporting a healthy smile – it can also mean additional support for your overall wellness. More and more researchers are connecting poor dental health with various systemic conditions. For example, studies have linked gum disease to overall health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
You’re Less Likely to Show Off Your Smile: Neglecting your dental health will most likely have a cosmetic impact on your smile, which will also lead you to be less likely to show off your pearly whites. Feeling insecure about your smile doesn’t just affect your confidence, but it can also inhibit your personal and professional life.
Contact our Office in Amherst
It’s never too late to start taking care of your smile! Here at Amherst Village Dental, we offer a variety of dental services to best treat your individual case. To get started on your journey to a healthy smile, contact our office today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Ang.