There is an estimated 20% of the population that avoids going to the dentist for one reason or another, whether it is not going until it is absolutely necessary or not going at all. There are a variety of reasons that people have to avoid to going to the dentist, it may be financial or out of fear or anxiety, no matter the reason it is never a good idea to forget to schedule your routine appointments. Inadequate levels of oral hygiene will lead to a variety of problems. Here are some examples of what will happen when you avoid going see the dentist:
- Bad breath
- Plaque and tartar
- Tooth loss
- Gum Disease
- Infected teeth
- Discolored teeth
Scientists theorize that there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease. It is possible that the inflammation that is present in diseased gums spreads into the bloodstream and causes a narrowing of arteries, thus leading to cardiovascular issues. The evidence of a link between bad gums and the heart is a significant since more than one-quarter of all Americans die from cardiovascular disease.
If you have a fear of pain, let the dentist know, they can work with you to ensure they take precautions and ensure a pain free visit. There are many advance in technology that help to eliminate this as a worry and dentists take extra care when you voice a concern.
If cost is an issue keeping you from setting the appointment there are available options as well. Many offices offer payment plans, there are government programs available and most dental offices can help you understand what services are out there and how to get them. Don’t let this be a reason not to get help, especially if you need it! There are always options available.
The first step to finding a dental practice that is established, they have experienced may different patients and know how to work with patients in any situation. Whether fear, anxiety or cost is stopping you, an experienced dental practice will be able to help you curb those issues and get you in their chair and take care of your teeth and gums. A skilled dentist that understands the negative thoughts and emotions that are sometimes associated with a dental visit will encourage you to stop avoiding the visit and help educate you through the process and put you at ease.
Make your oral health a priority at Southpoint Quality Dental, we do.