21 Apr I’m Postponing Dental Treatment Because It’s Not Bothering Me
We all exist in a stress-filled, action-packed, and not-enough-hours-in-the-day world. But postponing the inevitable can often exacerbate the condition making it much worse than if you had dealt with it immediately upon discovery. If your dentist diagnoses a problem, do not delay dental treatment just because it is not bothering you right now.
A dental cavity is literally a hole in the enamel of your tooth. You may not yet feel the effect, but as bacteria builds, the hole becomes bigger and the tooth decay builds. Your dentist has the tools to identify this condition at its earliest stage … take advantage of treatment right away to eliminate problems later.
Postponing having a cavity treated can lead to the need for intervention to save your tooth eventually. Decay can lead to infection which can advance to an abscess. That little cavity could have been filled in minutes, but the delay has led to the need for a root canal and a crown to salvage the tooth. The end result is costly and time consuming treatment that could have been prevented.
You’ve noticed your gums are starting to bleed, but you aren’t having any discomfort. You brush your teeth every day and floss every once in a while. You may have skipped a couple of dental visits, but since your teeth feel good, you’re not concerned.
You may be experiencing the early onset of gum disease known as gingivitis. Without treatment symptoms grow including red, swollen gums; chronic bad breath; receding gum tissue; and the possibility of losing one or more teeth.
Both dental decay and gum disease are very preventable conditions. But they require daily attention and keeping consistent dental visits. Daily attention includes brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel at least twice each day.
Flossing daily is critical. This removes food particles from between teeth that your tooth brush can’t reach. In addition, gum tissue is stimulated which aids in keeping your gums healthy.
Finally, your dentist can play a huge role in your dental health. Your teeth will be cleaned removing plaque that has built up since your previous visit; teeth will be polished; a complete dental exam will reveal issues that should be addressed; and you will receive the advice needed to maintain excellent dental health for life.
Contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 to schedule your next visit.