What Happens to People Who Refuse to Care for Their Teeth, Mouth, and Gums?
Posted on 1/10/2022 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Maybe you have a loved one who does not take care of their teeth, mouth, and gums. They choose not to brush regularly, and they refuse to floss. While this can be aggravating in the short term, the long-term effects of not taking ownership of your oral hygiene can be devastating. As you may have guessed, your mouth is not the only area of your body that can be affected if you do not care for your teeth.
Problems Compound When You Do Not Take Care of Your Mouth
In the short term, you can expect cavities to form if you do not brush your teeth. It does not take long for bacteria to congregate and multiply on leftover food debris on your teeth. Not only do the extra bacteria give you bad breath, but they also excrete acids that erode the enamel of your teeth. Shortly thereafter, cavities form, which are small holes in your teeth. Tooth decay has begun. As time goes on, neglecting your oral hygiene will become more severe. Gum disease would be eminent, and potential tooth loss would not be far behind.
Problems tend to compound. If you do not care for your teeth, mouth, and gums, you can expect problems throughout your body. Researchers are postulating how dental decay can give way to other issues. They wonder if your risk for dementia and heart disease goes up with increased tooth decay.
You Need a Dental Cleaning and Exam
We invite all patients to come to our office for a dental cleaning and exam every six months. Most insurance companies have some type of coverage to help pay for these preventative appointments. Check with your insurance company to see what their policy says. Give us a call to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam. Maybe if you go first, your loved one will follow.
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