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  • Writer's pictureLeon Itskov

Why the longer you wait to see the dentist the worse it gets?

There are several reasons why delaying a visit to the dentist can lead to worsening dental problems:

  1. Progression of dental issues: Dental problems often worsen over time if left untreated. For example, a small cavity can grow larger and eventually lead to infection or even tooth loss if not addressed promptly. Similarly, gum disease can progress from mild gingivitis to more severe periodontitis if not treated early.

  2. Pain perception: Dental problems may not always cause noticeable pain in the early stages. By the time you experience pain or discomfort, the issue may have already advanced significantly. Regular dental check-ups allow dentists to identify and address problems before they become symptomatic.

  3. Costlier treatment: Early detection and treatment of dental issues are generally less expensive than waiting until the problem becomes severe. For example, a small cavity can often be treated with a simple filling, but if left untreated, it may require more extensive treatment such as a root canal or crown, which can be more costly.

  4. Complications: Delaying dental treatment can lead to complications that may require more invasive or complex procedures to address. For instance, an untreated cavity can progress to infect the dental pulp, resulting in a painful abscess that may necessitate root canal therapy or even tooth extraction.

Overall, regular dental visits help maintain oral health by allowing for early detection and treatment of dental problems, which can prevent further complications and discomfort.

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