Why You Should Never Delay Dental Treatment

Did you know tooth decay is one of the most chronic diseases in the U.S. today? Proper oral hygiene plays a big role in helping fight this disease but it is equally important to schedule regular exams and cleanings with your family dentist. Following through with treatment recommended by your dentist is vital. Here is why:

Regular visits to your family dentist ensure that dental issues are detected and treated before becoming more severe. Prompt treatment is key in avoiding: 

  • Severe pain
  • Infections
  • Chronic tooth decay
  • Disfigurement
  • AND ultimately higher treatment costs

Over time, lack of proper oral care can affect other areas of the body.  Studies have linked poor oral health in adults to diseases such as:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  •  Lung Disease
  •  Cancer

How does this happen? Poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to build up on teeth, which can make the gums prone to infection.  Infection, left untreated, makes the rest of the body susceptible to disease.

According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay is the most chronic disease in children today, affecting 50% of children in the U.S.  Besides pain and discomfort, poor oral health can also affect children’s development in the following areas:

  • Development of primary teeth
  • Proper chewing and nutrition
  • Development of speech
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Attendance and performance in school

“The American Dental Association recommends that dental visits begin no later than a child’s first birthday to establish a “dental home.” Dentists can provide guidance to children and parents, deliver preventive oral health services, and diagnose and treat dental disease in its earliest stages. This ongoing dental care will help both children and adults maintain optimal oral health throughout their lifetimes.”  http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/dentists-doctors-of-oral-health)


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