Ever wondered how important regular preventive appointments actually are? In other words, have you ever felt tempted to skip out on routine preventive visits with your general dentist? If so, there are many compelling reasons to reconsider. General dental appointments are key to maintaining a healthy smile, particularly as one ages. From cavities to gum disease, and even tooth loss, there are many things that can go wrong when routine dental care is ignored.
Cavities Are Likely
One of the most likely issues to develop, if a person regularly skips out on dental checkups and cleanings, is cavities. Cavities occur when plaque buildup leads to acidic erosion, which can cause the teeth’s interior to become exposed.
Because this layer is more sensitive than the enamel, discomfort is common when a cavity has begun. Eventually, if untreated, cavities can progress to the point of painful tooth infections, which would require root canal therapy to address, or worse, an extraction.
Gum Disease Could Also Develop
Another unfortunately common oral health threat is gum disease, which is actually a chronic condition that can impact one’s whole body, beyond just the smile. Gum disease develops when the gums have become irritated and inflamed by bacteria. Over time, this can lead to recession of the gum tissue, and eventually tooth loss. It can also spread infection to other parts of the body.
Eventually Tooth Loss Is Common
To avoid tooth loss, or the need for extraction, preventive appointments are key. That said, even restorative treatment performed when an issue has just developed, can help to lessen the likelihood that extensive measures – like extraction – will become necessary.
Do You Need Preventive Dentistry?
Schedule a preventive checkup and cleaning with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.