What Happens When You Skip Dental Checkups

It can be tempting to avoid or delay dental checkups, but here are just three ways your teeth and gums may complain when you do so.

Tooth Staining

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Coffee, tea, food, and smoking are a just a few ways that teeth can become stained. Without regular cleaning, teeth quickly change their hue. But a cleaning isn’t only meant to make teeth look good; a thorough dental cleaning is often the main difference between healthy and unhealthy teeth.

Tooth Decay & Tooth Loss

One of the most costly consequences of avoiding regular dental cleanings is tooth decay (or tooth loss in extreme cases). Ignoring signs or missing checkups can mean experiencing painful tooth decay, possibly losing teeth, and eventually, having to wear dentures or have expensive dental operations done. Remember, nearly every dental issue is treatable if it is properly dealt with in a timely manner.

Periodontal Disease

Commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease can have negative affects on both your dental and overall health. Periodontal disease doesn’t appear out of the blue; if you’ve neglected to care for your gums and teeth for a long period of time, you are likely to develop this disease (and possibly lose teeth as a result). Some research suggests that those who suffer from periodontal disease are more likely to develop heart disease and other health issues.

Are you in need of a dental checkup? Speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members today to schedule an appointment! Your teeth and gums will thank you!