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Visiting the dentist is likely not on the top of anyone’s priority list, nor is it anyone’s favorite place. As unpleasant it seems, visiting the dentist on a regular basis, and especially if something is wrong, is crucial for both oral and overall health.

You may be tempted to shake off that slight toothache or those bleeding gums. After all, visiting the dentist costs money, involves waiting and can involve pain. Why bother?

Delaying dental care may seem like a tempting option, but it can also result in more serious dental problems that involve more costs, time and invasive dental procedures. Specifically, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t delay dental care:

1- Delaying dental care can lead to worsening oral conditions. That nagging toothache can be a sign of a more severe dental issue. If it isn’t treated, it can escalate into more serious dental problems including teeth abscess, gum disease, bone loss and tooth loss.Tooth abscess is a tooth that has become diseased and infected on the inside (the pulp) and/or in the tooth root. The pulp and root of the teeth are what keep the teeth attached to the jawbone and are what keeps the teeth functional. In most cases, the salvaging of an abscessed tooth is done by a root canal procedure.Bleeding and tender gums are signs of gum disease. Gingivitis is a low-grade version of gum disease that can easily be healed with the prompt treatment of a dentist. When dental care is postponed, gingivitis can worsen into periodontal disease, the worse form of gum disease that can result in tooth loss if not treated. To save the teeth, root planing and scaling will be done. Oral surgery may be needed if the periodontal disease is severe.

2- Delayed dental treatment can harm your overall health. It has been shown that there’s a connection between one’s dental health and overall health in that they each affect one another. Dental issues such as periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Ignoring dental treatment and allowing a dental issue to worsen means you’re putting your health at greater risk.

3- You will feel more confident. Walking around with potential cavities, coffee stained teeth and possible gum disease is not a great feeling. Care by a dentist is the best way to treat dental imperfections. Professional dental cleanings and teeth whitening will give you the beautiful and healthy smile you won’t be embarrassed to show off.

4- Experience less pain and discomfort. There are many DIY, at-home, natural dental pain and malady treatments out there. Only a dentist, however can diagnose the cause and source of your dental pain and discomfort. You can try to tackle the pain yourself, by delaying dental care, but you’ll likely be stuck with the pain (or worsening pain) longer. The pain can also be a sign of a dental problem that should be professionally treated to keep from getting worse.

It is unfortunate that you may have had an unpleasant dental experience in the past. Routine dental visits are a vital part in keeping your oral and overall health good. It is also key in reducing dental pain and discomfort and giving you a bright, beautiful smile you can be proud of. At Artistic Smiles, we strive to give patients a relaxed, enjoyable dental experience. Contact us today to set up an appointment so your oral health can be strong.