We are here this week to teach you about some of the dangers of neglecting your oral health for an extended period of time. According to the American Dental Association, gum disease and dental cavities are the too most common chronic diseases of the mouth. How long has it been since you have visited a dentist? If you are like many adults, you may believe that your teeth are perfectly healthy as long as they look good and are not hurting you. This is not the case, however, as most dental diseases are undetectable by people during the early to middle stages of disease. This means that you may not be aware of your dental disease until it has devastating effects, which may necessitate tooth extraction or pricey dental treatment. More often than not, gum disease and cavities can be prevented with regular dental visits. If these diseases do require interceptive or preventative treatment, it is always easier on the you if the treatment is completed during early stages of disease.
Here at Matthew Nawrocki General Dentistry and Prosthodontics, we are devoted to patient education. One of the ways that we teach our patients about all things dentistry is with our weekly blogs. This blog was not designed to scare you—it was designed to make you aware of the potential outcomes of avoiding dental treatment for a long period of time. If it has been awhile since you’ve visited a dental office, please give us a call at (904)602-8396 or contact us at any time electronically. We are always accepting new patients from the Orange Park area and surrounding communities. We will be happy to answer any and all questions and concerns that you may have surrounding your dental health.
Do You Know The Early Signs of Gum Disease?
It is important for you to visit your dental office at least every 6 months to maintain clean and healthy gums and teeth. You may currently have gum disease and be unaware of it because you do not have any pain. If gum disease is allowed to progress uncontrolled, it may lead to eventual tooth loss. There are many early warning signs for gum disease that you should be aware of. These include gums that bleed during brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath, gums that have pulled away from the teeth, and gums that are red, swollen, or tender. If you have any of these symptoms, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible for a thorough evaluation and cleaning. Please watch the following video for more information on gum disease.
Cavities Are Best Treated When They Are Still Small!
When cavities are small, it may be possible for their progression to be reversed with the regular application of fluoride minerals to the teeth. Your dentist can also use x-rays to reveal small cavities before they progress into larger ones that may require extensive treatment. If you visit your dentist regularly for examinations, your dentist is able to treat your cavities while they are small so that extensive dental treatment is never required.
The Importance of Regularly Monitoring Existing Dental Work
If you have existing dental treatment, like fillings, crowns, bridges, or implants, it is very important that a dental professional continuously monitor this dental work. If problems develop with your existing dentistry, your dentist can fix these problems while they are small so that the integrity of your smile can be preserved in the best way possible.
We hope that you learned something today about the dangers of avoiding dental treatment and encourage you to visit us soon if it’s been awhile. If you have any unanswered questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396.