A visit to your dentist can go one of two ways. If you follow the American Dental Association’s suggestion of checkups every six months, your time in the dentist’s chair can pass quickly and comfortably. If you find yourself among the 74% of Americans who only see a dentist when a problem develops, you might discover more than one oral health issue at your checkup. Not visiting your dentist regularly may lead to costly and lengthy procedures you could avoid with perfectly healthy teeth. In this article, Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest explains how waiting too long for a dental checkup may lead to a number of oral health issues.
One Thing Leads to Another
Americans wait an average of three years between checkups to see a dentist. In that time, your usual brushing and flossing may not do enough to maintain good oral health. Only 22% of Americans say they floss on a daily basis, and by the age of 17, nearly 80% of people develop a cavity. More than 70% suffer from some degree of gum disease. If you come to your dentist with a problem like a toothache three years after your last checkup, a simple cleaning won’t fix the problem. Your tooth could hurt because of a cavity, damaged dental work, teeth grinding (bruxism), or gum disease. The toothache may also come from a crack or break. Each of these issues can contribute to the other in some way.
For instance, if you grind your teeth, you increase your risk of tooth fracture. If a broken tooth causes your toothache, your dentist may also find gum disease, that could have been treated earlier, eroding your gums. Regular trips to the dentist allow us to diagnose and treat oral problems early, preventing them from escalating.
Restoring Neglected Teeth
If a broken tooth brings you to our Lake Forest dentist office, restorative dentistry may provide ways of alleviating pain and strengthening your tooth. Porcelain crowns, veneers, or cosmetic bonding can repair aesthetic damage to your teeth, such as chips or staining. A restorative dentistry procedure may be recommended to address tooth erosion, fracture, or decay. At your appointment, Dr. Fondriest will take time to thoroughly examine your mouth, then he’ll explain your treatment options.
Schedule a Checkup with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Dr. Fondriest can examine any problems you have that developed since your last dentist appointment. Until then, tend to your oral health between checkups by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Call (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment at our office.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States