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What Happens If I Don't Get a Regular Checkup and Clean?

Woman having teeth cleanedYou’ve heard regular dental checkups are important—but what happens if you start skipping visits? Keeping on top of your oral health now can help prevent common issues like gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay, while saving you from costlier treatment down the track.

Here are three common problems we see in patients who miss their regular checkup and cleans.

Increased Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth, gums, and tongue. Over time, it hardens into tartar. Our dentists remove accumulated plaque and tartar whenever you see us. When plaque and tartar keep building up, they’re likely to cause anything from bad breath to tooth decay and gum disease.

Gum Problems or Gum Disease

You may not think much about your gum health, but you’ll notice if you have gum disease! Inflamed or infected gums can cause redness, swelling, and bleeding. Gingivitis, or the early stage of gum disease, usually starts because of plaque and tartar buildup that happens when you miss your regular cleanings. With time, you may develop advanced disease, or periodontitis, that can lead to tooth loss.

Dental Cavities or Tooth Decay

Plaque produces unhealthy acids that wear away at tooth enamel, causing cavities and decay. At your checkup and clean, we remove plaque and stop decay early, before it becomes an advanced issue. Letting an undetected cavity wait more than six months before treating it means it will worsen, causing sensitivity and pain. As a result, you may end up needing extensive treatments, like fillings, root canals, or even an extraction.

Let’s Put Your Dental Health First

Seeking out preventative care every six months keeps your smile clean, healthy, and strong. Contact our practice today to schedule your next checkup and clean.

Don’t forget that some health funds reset on 1 July. Whether your health fund resets on 1 July or 1 January, it’s important to book your appointment as soon as possible to ensure you take full advantage of the health benefits you’re entitled to.

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