Posted on 8/13/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
The mouth is the body's first line of defense and practicing good oral health is crucial to your overall health. Many diseases can start in the mouth or become worse when left untreated.
It is important that you keep your regular dental appointments and maintain good oral health habits at home. Not doing so can result in a higher risk for long-term dental problems that are not treated promptly. Our dentist can identify a more serious underlying health condition with a dental examination and therefore a visit to our office twice a year is crucial.
What are Some Long-Term Dental Problems?
If you haven't visited us in a while, you must consider the risks factors that dental problems can bring down the line. Some of the more serious dental issues that you should not overlook are:
Tooth Decay or Cavities - Dental cavities are usually the beginning of a host of other more serious dental problems. The most common risk associated with untreated cavities is tooth decay, which can lead to tooth loss. Once bacteria enter the tooth, it continues to eat at the enamel and will eventually reach other areas inside the tooth.
Gum Disease - Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems and it affects millions of people in the U.S. every year. The risks of gum disease are serious and can even affect how your immune system responds to infections. It can also lead to heart disease and diabetes.
Temporomandibular Joint Disease (TMD) - The risks from clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause pain and other mandibular disorders. The jaw muscles can suffer from tenderness and the physical wear and tear from illnesses such as bruxism, can destroy the enamel.
Oral Cancer - With regular dental checkups you can reduce your risk of oral cancer. If you have any changes in the composition of your mouth, give us a call right away.
The best way to avoid risk factors for long-term dental problems is by visiting us twice a year and maintaining good oral health habits at home.