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8 Side-Effects of not Visiting A Dentist: Ignorance is Not A Bliss

There are 4 types of people who don’t feel the urge to visit a dentist. The first type is the one who thinks that brushing (twice a day) or flossing (once a day) is enough to maintain good oral hygiene. The second type is the one who is a ‘busy bee.' He is so busy in life that he can’t even spare time to consult a dentist. The third one is the one who is extremely scared of visiting a dentist.

He is afraid of the different types of dental treatments like root canal treatment, tooth extractions, gum surgery, fillings, etc. The fourth type is the one who doesn’t visit a dentist because there is no toothache or discomfort or sensitivity. When everything is fine, then why should he visit a dentist?

Are you one of these 4 types of people? If so, then don’t be proud of yourself. It’s not a good thing to skip dental checkups on a periodical basis. Want to know why? Here are a few reasons. 

1. Plaque:  

Brushing and flossing on a regular basis can help you to remove plaque from your teeth. Usually, plaque is formed when food particles and bacteria mix with each other and create a sticky substance that clings to your teeth. If plaque is not removed properly, then it becomes tartar, which can erode tooth enamel and ultimately lead to tooth decay.

Brushing and flossing help to remove a thin layer of plaque that develops on the teeth. But a dentist can help to eradicate plaque from the hard to reach areas. When you skip visiting a dentist and cleaning and have bad dental hygiene, the plaque starts accumulating on the teeth.

2. Bad mouth odor: 

Plaque and tartar lead to bad mouth odor. Even if you don’t suffer from periodontal disease, there can be a stinky mouth odor due to the presence of plaque. Gum disease can aggravate the problem even more.

Bad mouth odor is a big issue and you shouldn’t ignore it. People may avoid talking to you due to this reason. A dentist can help you maintain good oral hygiene, cure dental disease, suggest you a good mouthwash, and give you a list of foods that you should avoid since they have a very strong odor.

3. Gum disease: 

It’s a major problem and has a harmful effect on your dental health. Gum disease doesn’t happen overnight. But it actually happens due to years of neglect of teeth and gums. Overlooked tooth decay leads to gum disease. Gums gives protection to your teeth and roots. Bacteria and plaque lead to gum inflammation, swelling, and bleeding. If you ignore them, then you can suffer from gingivitis.

If you don’t visit a dentist and get checked up every month, then you could face chronic gum disease down the road. Moreover, don’t neglect a gum disease because it can increase the likelihood of heart disease and various types of health issues. See a good dentist who offers dental cleaning, scaling, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, flap surgery, bone surgery, guided tissue regeneration, etc.

4. Tooth stains: 

One of the many things a dentist does is dental cleaning. This not only helps to make your teeth sparkling white but also helps to avoid gum disease.

Several things can stain your teeth. For instance, tobacco, coffee, chewing certain kinds of foods, etc. Dental cleaning on a periodical basis helps to remove unwanted particles and stains from your teeth. Brushing is effective. But professional dental cleaning is much more effective. It’s best to get a dental cleaning at least once every year. However, if you suffer from periodontal disease, then it’s best to visit a dentist and remove tooth stains multiple times every year.

5. Loss of tooth: 

It’s a myth that only middle-aged or old people endure a tooth loss. According to studies, young men and women (aged between 20 years-34 years) have 5 missing teeth. Regular dental visits lead to early detection of dental problems, tooth decay, gum, and bone recession before they kick out one of your precious teeth.

6. Cavities: 

One of the dangerous after-effects of not visiting a dentist is cavities. It is easy to fill a tiny cavity. But if you overlook and ignore it for a long time, then that tiny cavity will develop into a big cavity. Ultimately, you’ll be forced to consult a dentist and undergo root canal treatment, which can help to reduce your toothache.

7. Oral cancer: 

It’s a deadly disease. Oral cancer is not only unattractive but also life-threatening disease. The best way to avoid this life-threatening disease is regular dental visits and early detection. According to renowned dentists, one should go through oral cancer screening at least once every 6 months.

8. Toothache: 

Cavities and dental problems lead to painful toothache when they are left untreated. Often people ignore toothache while chewing foods simply because it is tolerable. They don’t feel the need to consult a dentist also, which is a fatal mistake. The toothache becomes worse with time. Pain killers help to reduce toothache for a short period. But they don’t solve the main problem. As such, people are left with 2 options.

  • The first option is to take pain killers and let the toothache become more severe.
  • The second option is to consult a dentist, find out the reason behind a toothache, and take care of it as soon as possible.

If you didn’t consult a dentist for several years just because everything seems to be fine, then you should consult a dentist soon. Just because you have not experienced any toothache or discomfort, it doesn’t mean that your teeth and gums are healthy or there are no cavities inside your mouth. Don’t get duped by what you see in front of the mirror. Several things could be happening behind and under your sparkling white teeth. A dentist can help you resolve issues through root canal treatment or fluoride treatment, fillings, tooth extractions, etc. before they get complicated.

Try to schedule an appointment and visit a dentist once in 3 months even if you don’t like it. It may help you to avoid painful dental surgeries later.