Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
It can be easy to find something else better to do than go to the dentist. Many people make excuses not to go to their dentist, which is one of the worst things that you can do to your oral health. Even if you take good care of your teeth and gums at home, there are still three dental appointments you shouldn’t miss.
Three critical dental appointments:
- Twice-yearly checkups and cleanings
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- When you feel dental pain
Twice a year checkups and cleanings
Along with brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing a minimum of once a day, it is also important to regularly visit your dentist. When you brush and floss your teeth, you can typically reach most of the areas where food and bacteria reside. However, even the most dedicated toothbrusher can develop plaque in those hard to reach areas and between teeth. As time passes, the plaque will begin to harden and cause tartar build-up. The only way to remove tartar is through a thorough cleaning by a dental hygienist. Once the teeth are clean, Dr. Albert Starr will examine your teeth to see if any additional concerns need to be addressed.
The purpose of these dental cleanings is to remove plaque build-up, which, if ignored, may increase your risk of gum disease. Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have gum disease, and many studies have linked it to causing other serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Even though you may practice a good regimen of oral hygiene at home, you still need to get your teeth cleaned to maintain a healthy mouth, and body.
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
When you have a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth, the damage can become irreparable without the proper treatment. Damaged teeth can offer a perfect place for bacteria to hide and cause more damage, including cavities or a possible infection. Therefore, as soon as you realize you have a damaged tooth, schedule an appointment immediately to have it repaired. If you are out of town and will not be home for a while, try to find a local dentist that can help repair the damage. If you are close to arriving home, schedule an appointment with your regular dental provider as soon as possible.
A cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth may not seem like a big deal, especially if it’s a tooth in the back that you cannot see. But don’t be tempted to ignore it. If your tooth’s enamel is chipped or broken, it exposes the more sensitive layer known as dentin. Dentin is not as strong as enamel and is more susceptible to decay. Furthermore, if the interior structure of the tooth is exposed, it could infect the tooth.
The presence of pain
Typically, when you have pain in your mouth, it is a sign that something is wrong. You will need to make an appointment with your dentist to determine the cause of your dental pain, which could range from receding gums to a full-blown infection. Regardless of the cause, pain in your mouth is not pleasant and needs to be addressed. Dr. Starr can provide an exam to find the cause of the pain, so an action plan can be developed on how to treat the problem. Rest assured that if you ignore the pain, it will not go away, but it will increase in intensity until something is done to correct the problem.
Ignoring dental pain could turn into a serious health consequence. Oral pain could stem from an infected tooth, gum disease, or even oral cancer. It will only get worse without treatment. Therefore, we recommend seeing your dentist right away if you experience any dental pain.
Going to the dentist is not necessarily fun for some people, but it is a critical part of protecting your overall health. If you keep these three dental appointments, you can prevent most problems that can occur or can quickly get symptoms under control before it turns into something worse. So, get started on your journey to better oral health today. To check your dental health, contact Laser Dentistry of Erie by calling (814) 825-2615 and schedule a consultation. We welcome patients of Erie, Millcreek, and Harborcreek.