There are a lot of misconceptions about tooth decay. Some believe that it is just kids that are at risk but the fact is you and I are at risk our whole lives. If we don’t take care of our oral health and make a regular practice of brushing, flossing and seeing our dentist, then we run the risk of real and serious health problems. This can include but is not limited to infection, damage to the bone and tooth loss. Dental infections that are left untreated can even spread to other parts of the body and, in very rare cases, can be life threatening.
Dental diseases are preventable
There is good news. Dental diseases are preventable if you adopt healthy habits for taking care of your mouth and your teeth. With so many people, taking care of their teeth is very sporadic. They are hit and miss with brushing and flossing. By not regularly brushing and removing the bacteria from your teeth, you run the risk of infection causing pain and none of us want that.
Scheduling regular appointments every 6 months to have your teeth and gums checked is very important and can head off very costly treatment later on in life. We can all agree that a little effort now towards prevention will save us a lot of money later towards treatment. When you way the cost of prevention against what it cost to replace even one tooth with an implant, it is far cheaper to buy toothpaste and floss.
Concerns for those under 40
If you are under 40, there are several things you need to be concerned with. Here are a few:
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, or you have broken, missing or decayed teeth, then come into the office as soon as possible. Don’t allow these problems to become bigger by putting them off. Call us today.