The Hazards of Procrastinating Dental Treatment

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It’s that time again. Time for you to visit the dentist for your 6-month exam and dental cleaning. You’re juggling things like work, time with family, and your child’s big game. Maybe you can put off your appointment by a month or two. There’s nothing wrong with that…is there?

The Downsides of Putting Off Dental Treatment
You may be surprised to learn that putting off dental visits can be hazardous, even if it’s just a simple routine appointment. This is because during your cleaning, our hygienist removes tartar that is impossible for you to clean from your teeth at home. In addition, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores performs a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This allows her to detect any dental issues, like cavities, early on when they are still easy to treat. Below are some potential problems that may happen because of procrastinated dental cleanings or treatments:

– Cavity Progression – Visiting our office allows our dentist to detect cavities when they are still small. This means that less of your tooth has been damaged. Putting off exams or dental filling appointments gives the cavity time to grow larger.
– Infection in the Root Canals – If the root canals of a tooth become infected, you may experience a swelling in the gums near the tooth or a toothache. If damage in the tooth is allowed to progress this far, root canal therapy will be recommended. A root canal treatment can usually be avoided by attending your regularly scheduled dentist appointments.
– Progression of Gum Disease – Another thing that Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores checks for during your routine appointment is gum disease. Treating and managing gum disease is very important for the health of your smile. If this disease is allowed to progress because of neglected dental work, the end result could be tooth loss.

We encourage you to contact Flores Dental Care at 956-583-0055 today for more information about how we can accommodate you and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Mission, Texas.