What You Really Lose When you Skip a Dental Cleaning

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Twice a year you receive a reminder from your dentist that it is time for your checkup. But, why do you have to go once every six months? Or at all?

The recommended twice a year dental visits was designed for the average person. And, for more than two centuries, dentists have supported this guideline. The reason is plaque buildup can occur in as little as 6 months, and brushing and flossing on your own is not enough to keep this buildup at bay. A professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove plaque buildup.

Skipping your dental cleanings is kind of like ignoring that hair building up in the shower drain. Eventually, it will cause a big, probably even costly problem. In the case of your teeth, skipping those dental cleanings will compromise your oral health. Still, don’t think it’s worth it?

Here are 3 things you will lose if you don’t go to the dentist.

  1. A Tropical Vacation-Think about it this way, would you rather spend $100 on a filling now or wind up paying $1,000 or more on a root canal? Ignoring dental problems only ends up costing you later. Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your oral health. Better to spend a small amount now to protect your oral health and prevent the problem from getting worse. Get ready and pack your swimsuit because, considering the average cost of a root canal, you could buy a round-trip plane ticket to Fiji!
  1. A Health Diagnosis-The ocean’s waves aren’t the only thing you will miss out on by ignoring your oral health. Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Consequently, many serious health conditions such as diabetes can be detected in the mouth. Skip a dental visit, and you could be putting your health or your life on the line!
  1. Your Teeth-Tooth loss is more common than you may realize. In fact, adults in the U.S. lose about 7 teeth, and about 10% of seniors have no teeth at all! Dental disease may develop slowly over time, but can cause significant tooth loss, and trust us, dentures are never as good as your natural teeth.

Now that we have reassured you the importance of getting regular dental checkups, also remember to brush and floss regularly so that you can maintain a healthy smile and not miss out on any other perks!

Glen Park Dental provides comprehensive, compassionate, quality oral health care for patients in the areas of Marin, Oakland, and San Francisco, California.

Contact our office at (415) 585-1500 to schedule an appointment.