They recommend that children go at least once a year because their teeth can decay faster, while adults without problems can wait as long as two years . They even go as far as to say that longer than two years is OK for people who have shown commitment to caring for their teeth and gums.
While some with healthy teeth can wait as long as two years for a once-over, people who choose to skip regular check-ups could suffer rapid deterioration of their oral health – and may not even realise anything is wrong.
A person who can’t brush or floss, who accumulates acid-producing bacteria around the teeth, who does not use fluoride or oral calcium products, and who has stomach acid in the mouth from GERD or bulimia can grow cavities that invade the dental nerve in as little as three or six months .
First and foremost, we want you to know that if you haven’t been to the dentist in years it’s okay . But a friendly and professional dentist will not judge you or your reasons for the time since your last visit.
So if you have a cavity that needs a filling , don’t delay treatment. The decay can continue to develop and cause additional damage to a tooth. You can end up needing something much more extensive, not to mention expensive, such as a root canal if you wait too long to have the decay addressed.
An untreated cavity can lead to an infection in the tooth called a tooth abscess. Untreated tooth decay also destroys the inside of the tooth (pulp). This requires more extensive treatment, or possibly removal of the tooth. Carbohydrates (sugars and starches) increase the risk of tooth decay.
Patients who neglect proper care of their mouths by not regularly seeing a dentist , risk not only getting tooth and gum disease, but they also risk getting diseases and illnesses in other parts of their body. Some major health conditions related to oral health include heart disease, diabetes, stroke and breast cancer.
When you avoid the dentist , you open yourself up to the possibility of tooth decay or loss, gum disease, and bad breath. Cavities and other health problems are undetected while they are in their early, treatable stages. This leads to serious health implications and expensive treatment plans in the long run.
The scaling and polishing done by a certified dental hygienist does not have any detrimental effect to your teeth’s enamel . The main work of a dental hygienist is to perform professional teeth cleaning on a patient.
If you have a cavity that has reached the nerve tissue, you may experience some or all of the following symptoms: Toothache when pressure (such as chewing) is applied to the tooth. Tooth sensitivity to heat or cold. Discoloration of the tooth. Swelling or tenderness of the gums.
Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold. Visible holes or pits in your teeth. Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth. Pain when you bite down.
It is only when a cavity gets deep into the dentin, and close to the nerve , that you can begin to feel pain from decay. Once you start feeling pain, the tooth may need more than a filling to repair the damage. If decay reaches the nerve of the tooth, the tooth becomes infected and the nerve of the tooth dies.
While bacteria mainly cause tooth decay, it can also lead to tooth decay in other parts of the body. A decaying tooth results in a foul smell . If you develop bad breath or notice an odd odor coming from your mouth, you might have one or several rotten teeth .
Some people are too embarrassed to go to the dentist because they have bad teeth or poor gums or too many holes. This usually happens because of the dental neglect in the past.
Clean using Baking soda– A mixture of baking soda and salt is an effective home remedy for dental calculus removal . Brushing your teeth with baking soda and salt softens the calculus , making it easy to remove . The mixture should smoothly be scrubbed on the teeth by using a toothbrush.