The health of your body and your mouth are strongly linked, so it makes sense to have an exceptional dentist who can ensure everything is as it should be. If anything is wrong, or you want to improve your smile, you need to know you’re in safe hands.
What you may not realize is that if you don’t have a good dentist, it may be more than your smile at risk. Here are five things that can go wrong if you don’t have a good dentist:
You Could Waste Money On Cosmetic Work
If you treat yourself to smile improvements like composite veneers or teeth whitening and the dentist isn’t any good, you may find the results aren’t what you imagined. This could leave you with little choice but to pay more to get everything fixed with another dentist. In the worst cases, bad cosmetic dentistry can permanently damage teeth.
Investing in good cosmetic work must be prefaced with research to ensure you find the best dentist for the job.
You Could Find Yourself With Advanced Gum Disease
Over half of Americans aged 30 or older have gum disease in some form. If your dentist rushes checkups and does not examine your gums properly, the earliest form of gum disease might be missed. At its earliest stage, gum disease is treatable and reversible. If allowed to advance, the condition is much more expensive to treat and can result in wobbly teeth (and even tooth loss in some extreme cases).
You Could End Up In Pain
Whether braces are placed badly, a bruxism issue isn’t recognized, root canal surgery is done badly, or tooth decay (which affects nearly all adults in the world in some way) isn’t addressed, all roads lead to pain. Dental pain can be deeply distressing. It can even endanger your life in the case of undiagnosed abscesses. A good dentist not only treats dental pain properly but also helps you prevent issues that cause pain happening.
You May Avoid Getting Issues Looked At
If you don’t trust your dentist, you may be tempted to avoid checkups and may be scared to visit when dental issues arise. If they don’t take you seriously, or you feel rushed, you might be put off visiting to get issues looked at that could become much worse if allowed to progress.
A strong example of this is oral cancer. Oral cancer has a 70% survival rate in stages 1 or 2, so the earlier it is diagnosed, the better. Dentists are usually the first to diagnose oral cancer because they check the mouth for signs every time you visit. They won’t have the chance to see any early signs if you don’t feel comfortable seeing them.
You May Develop A Dental Phobia
Up to 25% of Americans have dental phobia. If one practitioner traumatizes you in their clinic because of negligence, you could end up unable to see any dentist at all. Dental phobias can cause some people to go cold at the thought of seeing a dentist, to the point they don’t visit one for years. This can cause their oral health to deteriorate and confidence to decrease as a result. A bad experience at the dentist can have long-term consequences that are hard to recover from.
Finding a good dentist is an important part of your overall self-care. If you can trust your dentist to take care of you whenever you walk through their doors, you’re doing a great job of looking out for your oral and general health long-term.