While you might not think much of skipping a dental exam here and there, it actually has large consequences. There’s a reason you’re supposed to visit your dentist every 6 months for a routine dental exam and cleaning. Kuzma Advanced Dentistry believes preventive dentistry is the most important field of dentistry because it prevents problems from occurring. Find out the dangers of skipping your dental exam from our dentist in Wilmington, NC.

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1. High Risk of Cavity Development

When you skip your dental exam with our Wilmington dentist, you increase your risk of cavity development. During your dental exam, we not only look for cavities and tooth decay, but also for areas of your mouth you miss when you brush or floss. During your cleaning, we buff away all of the plaque and tartar from your mouth so your teeth are clean and free of dangerous bacteria. When you skip your dental exam, you don’t find out what areas of your mouth you need to focus more on or have your plaque and tartar removed. This can potentially turn into a cavity or tooth decay if not removed.

2. Bad Breath

Have you ever talked near someone only to move your face away because their breath stinks? Smelly breath is known as halitosis and it’s one of the consequences of skipping your dental exam. It’s normal for bad breath to occur because bacteria are stuck to your teeth. This bacteria is generally removed during your dental cleaning. Without the cleaning, your mouth will continue to stink.

3. Tooth Discoloration

If you want to show off a white smile, don’t skip your dental exam. Over time, stains and bacteria build up on the surface of your teeth which can lead to discoloration. One way to avoid this is by having your teeth cleaned often. Your dental cleaning cleans your enamel, removing surface stains and bacteria. Your teeth might appear whiter after each dental exam.

4. Tooth Loss and Future Dental Problems

When you skip your dental exam, you’re missing the opportunity for your Wilmington dentist to find your dental problems early. When problems are caught early, they are treated easier. If a problem goes untreated, it will only progress into a bigger problem. If you skip enough dental visits, your small cavity might turn into a tooth that needs an extraction.

Save yourself from the bad breath, discolored teeth, tooth loss, and cavities by visiting our Wilmington dentist every 6 months for a dental exam. If you’re overdue for your next dental exam or would like to schedule one, please call our dental office at (910) 392-6060 today for an appointment.