What Are the Risks of Skipping Your Dental Checkup?

Most people need to see a dentist every six months. Some people are at a higher risk of oral health problems, and they need to see a dentist more frequently. These high-risk patients include people with diabetes, smokers, and people with a history of gum disease or frequent cavities. Skipping your regularly scheduled dental checkup can lead to serious repercussions for your oral health.

Without a professional cleaning, tartar will stay on your teeth.

When you brush and floss, you’re removing a sticky film from your teeth. It’s called plaque, and it’s comprised of bacteria. But even if you’re careful to do a thorough job cleaning your teeth, you might miss some areas of plaque. If left on your teeth, plaque will quickly harden into tartar. And unfortunately, tartar is too hard to be removed with just a toothbrush or floss. Only a dentist or hygienist can remove the tartar using professional dentistry tools. If you skip your usual checkup, tartar will stay on your teeth for months to come.

You may have undiagnosed gum disease and tooth decay.

One of the problems with having tartar stay on your teeth is that it irritates the gum tissue. Over time, gum disease can develop. Gum disease occurs in progressively worsening stages. The longer it’s allowed to progress, the more intensive the treatment is. Eventually, gum disease can cost you your natural teeth. If you go to your regularly scheduled appointments, you can reduce your risk of gum disease occurring at all. If gum disease does develop, your dentist can diagnose it early and treat it easily. The same applies to tooth decay. With regular checkups, your dentist can find and treat cavities before the decay spreads. Otherwise, you may end up needing a root canal instead of a filling.

Manela Dental welcomes each opportunity to help new and current patients enjoy the benefits of good oral health. Our dental office in Tucson emphasizes the value of preventive dentistry. If it’s been longer than six months since your last checkup, call us right away at (520) 744-2039.