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Untreated Dental Problems Can Increase Long Term Health Care Costs

Posted on 4/24/2023 by Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery
Untreated Dental Problems Can Increase Long Term Health Care CostsThe importance of maintaining your mouth, teeth, and gums cannot be overstated. By doing this, you will defend yourself against gum infections, cavities, and bad breath. Still, did you know that there is a connection between oral health and wholesome bodily health as well? Gum disease by itself can raise your risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or even premature labor.

Your Mouth can be a Source of Infections

The plaque that accumulates as a result of not taking proper care of your mouth by brushing and flossing can often accumulate and provide an ideal habitat for germs to grow. The crevices between your teeth and gums serve as a haven for these germs. This is known as gingivitis, and it can eventually progress to periodontitis, a gum condition that is considerably more deadly. Trench mouth is the most severe form of gingivitis.

If you have gum disease, the weakening gums may allow the germs in your mouth to enter your bloodstream. The same thing occurs when you take antibiotics or other medications that cause your mouth's production of saliva to decrease.

Without a strong immune system, oral bacteria can readily spread to other parts of the body, resulting in disorders of the heart and other organs.

Early Treatment

Early treatment is key when it comes to teeth. When left untreated, even a little cavity in your tooth can become infected, allowing germs to enter your nerves and possibly even your bloodstream. As a result, the methods needed to treat the ensuing disorders become increasingly complex.

In the worst situation, an infection might result in mouth cancer or another type of cancer in the body, which would be highly expensive to treat and have a negative influence on one's health.

It is crucial that you not only take care of your mouth to ward against illness but also get frequent checkups so that any problems may be addressed as soon as they manifest. For this reason, we suggest that you come in for a dental exam at least once every six months. You end up saving a ton of money in the end.


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