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It’s common for someone to wake up with a minor toothache and simply ignore it. If the pain isn’t too intense or if money is tight, it can sometimes easier to pretend it’s fine. However, it’s important for you to know that any kind of dental disease will not get better on its own, it will only get worse. By the time the symptoms are severe enough for you to finally visit the dentist, what may have started out as a small dental cavity has now developed into a tooth infection. Instead of requiring only a simple dental filling, a tooth infection will require root canal therapy, or an extraction of the tooth.

Again, the above scenario is actually quite common. The patient described above could have saved thousands of dollars and a lot of pain by calling the dentist at the first sign of a toothache.

Consequences of Delaying Dental Treatment

Below are a few statistics regarding Americans delaying their dental treatment:

  • One in three Americans has admitted to delaying visiting the dentist at the sign of a toothache.
  • Of the above one in three, almost 80% are aware that the choice to delay treatment will cost more in the long run.
  • Around 60% of people who make less than $35,000 a year don’t have any sort of dental insurance not have dental insurance. This means they’re even less likely to visit the dentist, no matter how bad the pain may become.

In addition to the financial cost of delaying dental treatment, you’ll also be causing damage to your dental health and your overall health as well. For example, untreated dental problems (especially gum disease and tooth decay) have been linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

The best way to avoid any dental problems is to practice good oral hygiene. In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing daily, you should also be visiting Durango Dentistry every six months for a comprehensive dental cleaning and exam.

To make your appointment at Durango, Colorado’s family dentist, please contact Durango Dentistry today!