People take their mouths and their teeth for granted. Well, many of them do anyway. If you are one of those people that only goes to the dentist when you have an emergency, or avoid them even then, you may not be aware of how important the health of your mouth actually is.
If your fear is due to the cost of dental visits you can look into dental insurance, and there are also options like going for your care at dental schools where you’ll pay a discounted cost to get your teeth cleaned and to get simple dental procedures done. If your fear is simply the idea of going to the dentist in general, and maybe the pain procedures cause, knowing what not getting your teeth taken care of can do to you may be even scarier.
Remember, you need your teeth in order to eat. Once they are gone you need to get false teeth or you’re left gumming food, and eating things that are soft for the rest of your life. Don’t take your teeth for granted.
Cavities can cause all kinds of problems in your mouth, from bad breath to broken teeth. Unchecked cavities can give you a great deal of pain and lead to infections. Your mouth is already a haven for bacteria, so letting your teeth rot away is just adding to the mess.
The only way to get a jump on cavities is to visit the dentist every year (sometimes every six months is recommended) for checkups and to get x rays done. Dental x rays detect cavities.
If you don’t get your cavities and broken teeth fixed it can lead to an infection. Any infection in the body can lead to an infection in the bloodstream, called sepsis, which can lead to many more complications that just a sore tooth, and it could kill you too.
Getting antibiotics from your dentist or a doctor can help kill the infection, but if you don’t get the tooth dealt with that infection is likely to keep coming back until you do. Always make sure to take antibiotics as directed, and don’t quit them early.
Yes, you clean your teeth at home, and if you are brushing at least twice a day for two minutes at a time and flossing daily you’re doing it right. However, plaque still builds up over time and only a good cleaning at the dentist’s office with their tools can help you battle that yellowing gunk.
It’s also helpful to brush between meals, and in the morning when you first get up as well as at night before you go to bed. A good mouthwash can also help you fight germs and bacteria in your mouth and help you keep your breath fresh.