Fear of going to the dentist or fear of dental procedures is not uncommon. Some individuals likely delay a trip to the dentist because of fear or perhaps simply hoping the pain, inflammation or other symptoms of cavities or gum disease go away. Unfortunately, this does not happen, leading to possibility of issues that affect overall health.
There are potentially serious consequences of not receiving regular dental care and failing to seek treatment for cavities, infection or gum disease. Discover the difference in care received with contemporary dentistry in Edmonds, WA.
Experiencing infections or gum disease that affects overall health is a serious situation. Dental caries, often referred to as cavities, dental infections and gum disease have the consequence of affecting overall health of both children and adults. This is a primary reason that oral health care and visits to the dentist need to start in infancy and continue throughout an individual’s lifetime.
A dentist has the expertise to discover caries, issues with the gums or a possible infection long before a person begins to have serious symptoms. This is of particular importance given the number of people across the United States with oral health issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that from 2011 and 2012, among adults between the ages of 20 and 64, 91 percent experienced at least one cavity and 27 percent had untreated cavities. Only 48 percent of individuals had a full set of permanent teeth, according to the statistics.
The CDC also explains, “Dental caries and tooth loss are important oral health indicators for adults…” This is particularly evident when considering how caries, dental infections and gum disease affects overall health.
An infection may occur when an individual has an untreated cavity or gum-related issues. The American Dental Association explains that gum disease is often painless and some individuals may not initially know they have gum disease. Some symptoms include sore, swollen, bleeding gums, gums that pull away from teeth, separating teeth or persistent bad breath.
Gum disease, like other oral health infections and caries have the potential to affect your overall health, up to and including potentially leading to death. This is because oral health infections sometimes spread to other areas of the body, including vital organs. The Journal of the American Heart Association reports that older women with some untreated oral health issues have a higher risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and even death. Men and children also experience complications, including death, due to oral health-related issues.
Contact Emerald City Smiles to make an appointment to receive contemporary dentistry in Edmonds WA, where Dr. Nejad and staff take into account the well-being of the whole person and treats every patient like family.