Often we are used to postpone the appointment at the dentist, until the problem becomes serious. It is clearly a bad habit that we must change, especially because a delayed dental problem could cost us dearly. In economic terms as well.
There are also other aspects to consider, such as the actual availability of the dentist, who may not have room just when you urgently need them.
Let’s see why you shouldn’t make the mistake of postponing your visit to the dentist for too long.
Always the visit to the dentist frightens young and old. For a past negative experience or fear of pain.
But also the lack of time and daily commitments lead us to constantly postpone the check. Often with serious consequences. As already mentioned, delaying a visit to the dentist can cost us dearly long-term. Whatever the reason, then, don’t procrastinate.
What happens if you defer?
The mouth is one of the parts of our body most exposed to bacteria and microbes for the introduction of food and drink. This, together with poor oral hygiene, can lead to even serious illnesses.
Among the most frequent pathologies that we can encounter if we do not go to the dentist, we include caries.
Cavity is the most common pathology that has haunted us since we were children.
In fact, it can manifest itself on the baby tooth as well as on the adult tooth. It is also a recurrence, that is, it can occur several times on the same tooth.
What is caries
Caries is caused by bacteria ingested by food they ferment and produce plaquea gelatinous, acidic substance that covers the tooth.
Poor oral hygiene can therefore lead to the appearance, or reappearance, of dental caries.
If left untreated in the first few months, it can progress from first-degree decay in varying degrees to fourth-degree. At this point, it causes that intense pain in the teeth that we all know.
The carious process therefore has different degrees.
During the first degree tooth decay, bacteria erode tooth enamel and create small holes.
From these holes, the bacteria reach the innermost part, the dentin, which is less resistant than the enamel. Therefore, their destructiveness increases. This leads to caries of second degree.
Continuing their destructive path, the bacteria reach the dental pulp, where the nerves and blood vessels are also located. The decay starts now third year.
The tooth is now largely infected and the bacteria can reach the bone, compromising the entire dental structure. We thus have the cavity of fourth degree.
Types of tooth decay
Tooth decay is classified into:
acute (develops in less than a year)
chronic (has a slow and constant evolution over a few years)
relapse (reappears if not handled correctly)
Further, caries is divided into:
dry or stopped. It stops in the early stages or progresses so slowly that it seems to stop
of the crown. It attacks the upper part of the tooth and is easily diagnosed
cervical. It is generated in the neck of the tooth, near the gumline and can often lead to other diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis
cement. It concerns the root of the tooth and is generated in people of advanced age
interdental. It affects the enamel in the space between two teeth near the gumline
central. It proliferates inside the tooth, emptying it completely and until the rotten tooth no longer resists the pressure and breaks
milk teeth. Cavities in babies, also called baby bottle tooth decay
And if you don’t care
Caries, as already mentioned, is widespread. However, it should not be underestimated, as it can lead to serious complications.
In fact, if not treated in time, it causes the destruction of the tooth causing excruciating pain. It can also lead to the development of more serious pathologies.
Prevention is therefore the best solution. By taking a few simple steps, we can prevent cavities from forming.
First, it’s good oral hygiene should be practiced to be combined with periodic check-ups by the dentist. Even following a correct diet can prevent the occurrence of this problem.
The experts of the Unisalus Dental Center, dental office of excellence in Milan, contributed to the writing of this article. This center has the particularity of being also open in August, but our advice is to visit well before the holidays, to avoid unpleasant surprises by the sea.