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4 Reasons You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Oral Health
Our oral health is precious. After all, we need our teeth to chew food and speak correctly. Neglecting your oral health with poor oral hygiene and inadequate professional care can lead to serious health conditions and may diminish your quality of life.
Destructive Oral Health Conditions
Many oral health concerns can be detected early on with regular checkups from a dentist. Foregoing professional care, however, leaves patients vulnerable to developing destructive conditions that destroy vital oral tissue. Issues like gum disease, for example, can be very aggressive when left untreated. Advanced gum disease destroys teeth, bone, and the gingiva.
Pain and Discomfort
Late-stage oral health concerns can produce significant discomfort. TMJ disorder and infected teeth are common examples of painful dental conditions that reduce a person’s ability to eat and live in comfort. Taking a proactive approach to safeguarding your oral wellness can prevent the development of painful symptoms.
Reduced Self-Esteem and Confidence
Neglecting our teeth and gums can affect our appearance, too. Weak and brittle teeth crack and chip easily, causing unsightly dental imperfections. Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to stained teeth as well.
Research has shown that living with flawed teeth negatively affects our confidence and self-esteem. In addition to receiving routine checkups and cleanings, patients can improve their appearance with cosmetic dental treatments.
Dental caries and periodontal disease cause tooth loss when left untreated. Beyond affecting our appearance, tooth loss has far-reaching effects on our oral health. Just losing one tooth increases a person’s risks for losing more in the future. Losing teeth also causes bone deterioration in the jaw, which can impair oral function, affect our appearance, and contribute to additional tooth loss.
Routine checkups can detect potential threats to your health before they advance so that you can keep your teeth for a lifetime.
If it’s time for a checkup, call the office of Dr. Randy Parham to make an appointment with our dentist.
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