Consequences of Skipping Dental Checkups

Consequences of Skipping Dental CheckupsBrushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day are some of the most basic steps you need to take to keep your dental health strong. However, even if you maintain excellent dental hygiene, regular dental visits are still necessary. Our dentist in Northridge explains.

Dental checkups can help catch the earliest signs of problem. Small cavities will be treated rather than decay until they begin to cause pain, significant structural damage or an abscessed tooth. When a tooth has decayed extensively, a root canal treatment may be recommended. Root canal treatments and the subsequent crown restoration can be far more expensive and invasive than a small dental filling. In some cases, a root canal treatment may not be able to save the tooth and a dental extraction may be recommended.

Dental checkups can also identify signs of gingivitis and recommend a treatment plan that will restore your gums to health. Many patients ignore or miss the early signs of gum disease, which can cause swollen, irritated, inflamed or bleeding gums. A professional cleaning and increased attention to at-home care can be enough to reverse the effects of gingivitis, but if it is not treated, it can deteriorate into periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to tooth, gum and bone loss that cannot be reversed and may require extensive treatment, surgical procedures and tooth replacement.

We recommend biannual dental checkups to identify these and other dental problems, remove plaque and tartar, treat bad breath and evaluate your oral cancer risk. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.

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