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What You Risk By Avoiding the Dentist

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Avoiding the dentist is dangerous and can put you at risk of many oral health problems and even overall health issues. Our Royal Oak MI office, North Oaks Dental, is treating patients of all ages and offers soothing treatments for everyone.

We understand that many patients are afraid of the dentist and even stay away from the dentist, which is why we’re offering sedation dentistry and calming procedures. But it’s also important to know what’s at risk if you avoid the dentist altogether. These are short-term problems and long-term problems. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about major dental issues if you maintain routine visits at our office. Give us a call today at 248-712-1522.

In the meantime, let’s review some of the risks people face whenever they avoid the dentist.

Experiencing Dental Pain or Discomfort

Skipping dental appointments may increase the risk of painful infections. During cleaning and exams, we’ll remove dangerous substances like plaque and tartar. Then we’ll polish the tooth to make it harder for plaque and tartar to stick to the teeth. We’ll also assess the mouth for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. It’s vital that we discover these problems early because infection does not go away on its own. Severe tooth decay may cause pain or even cause tooth loss.

And tooth decay isn’t even the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease claims more teeth than any other dental complications. This infection starts small, with bleeding or swollen gums, but severe gum disease can destroy the gums and underlying bone. We offer gum disease treatment to save teeth and restore the health of the gums.

You’ll Spend More Money On Dental Care

Everyone ends up at the dentist eventually. Dentists are the only people who can stop dental infections, so it’s nearly impossible to avoid the dental office forever. Here’s a good tip: Prevention is always cheaper than restorative dentistry. Keeping your teeth cavity-free by visit the dentist and following good at-home hygiene my cost a few hundred dollars a year, but a full-mouth reconstruction can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

If you want to save money, start taking better care of your teeth and don’t skip your routine dental checkups. You can take it one step further and use fluoride treatments or dental sealants.

Greater Risk of Serious Health Issues

What happens in your mouth affects the rest of your body. We now know that problems like sleep apnea and even gum disease are linked to problems like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. With gum disease, not only are people at risk of losing their teeth, but we’ve found that people with gum disease are more likely to also have diabetes or even heart disease.

Sleep apnea is another problem that’s harmful to your overall health. Untreated sleep apnea actually increases blood pressure, putting the patient at risk of heart disease or stroke.

At North Oaks Dental, we are treating gum disease and sleep apnea to help you maintain a healthier mouth and healthier body. These are just a few reasons you shouldn’t skip regular dental appointment. There are many more. So give us a call today at 248-712-1522 to book a visit.

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