October 27, 2020
Your oral hygiene habits at home are your first line of defense against common dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. Although your toothbrush and floss are essential, there’s one more piece to the puzzle to ensure your smile stays healthy for a lifetime. The American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends you visit your dentist at least twice a year for preventive care. Unfortunately, only 52% of adults schedule an appointment every 6 months. If you’re among those who haven’t been to the dentist in a while, here are 4 consequences of skipping a dental cleaning.
1. Increased long-term dental expenses.
Despite the advice of the ADA, 1 in 5 adults hasn’t visited a dentist in the last few years. While there are many reasons people delay their appointments, many believe they are saving money; however, routine services are proven to lower long-term oral health expenses. Cleanings and checkups keep your teeth and gums healthy to reduce needing a costly treatment down the road. Research shows every $1 spent on preventive dentistry can reduce your emergency and restorative dental costs by as much as $50.
2. At-risk of a dental emergency.
Did you know 1 in 6 Americans face a dental emergency each year? Although it can happen to anyone, people who don’t maintain their regular appointments are at a greater risk. In fact, 164 million work hours are lost annually in the U.S. from oral health emergencies. Your semi-annual visits allow your dentist to monitor your dental health. They can detect areas of concern while they are still small to prevent them from worsening to lessen the likeliness of a dental emergency that might keep you home, like a toothache.
3. Significant risk of tooth loss.
Your teeth are meant to last for a lifetime with the right care; however, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Besides tooth decay, gum disease is equally responsible for missing teeth. In fact, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. Your dentist can remove plaque buildup and spot inflamed tissue early to stop the infection in its track before it leaves a lasting mark on your smile.
4. Compromises your general health.
Your mouth is often referred to as the gateway to your body because your oral and general health are entwined. Gum disease can be especially harmful to your overall health, increasing your risk of several issues, like cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even certain cancers. A regular dental cleaning in Boston will keep your mouth and body healthy to help you reach optimal wellness.
Don’t place your smile at risk of unnecessary complications. Commit to visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup to invest in a healthy smile.
About Dr. Jack B. Share
Dr. Share earned his dental degree at the State University of New York at the Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated with high honors. He’s well known for his academic achievements in dentistry because of his advanced training. If it has been a while since you last visited a dentist, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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