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When you’re creating your to-do list for the week, scheduling your routine dental cleaning always seems to get pushed to the bottom. Going to the gym, meeting up with friends for that movie you’ve been dying to see for ages or even making your weekly grocery store trip all seem like better alternatives to visiting the dentist.

At first, you might put off scheduling a dentist appointment for a month, which seems like no big deal. But then that month becomes two months, and three months, and then before you know it, you haven’t paid your dentist a visit in over a year! While you may dislike or even fear the dentist, the consequences of skipping out on your routine check-ups are much more frightening than a drill or dentist office.

Increased Risk of Developing Diseases

Believe it or not, but dental hygiene has a huge impact on your overall health. Poor dental hygiene not only results in cavities, but also many serious health problems. Bacteria or infections from dental issues, such as gum disease or gingivitis, can enter the bloodstream and lead to cardiovascular disease, dementia and respiratory infections. Your dentist can treat these dental problems and stop them from spreading to other parts of your body! You’ll leave the dentist with a sparkling smile and the peace of mind that the rest of your health is in check.

Serious Health Issues Remain Undetected

Think your bad breath is from all those onions and garlic you’ve been consuming? Maybe, or maybe not…Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, can be a sign of an underlying medical condition – a condition that can’t be cured with a couple of Tic Tacs. Bad breath can signal liver and kidney ailments, chronic bronchitis, sinus problems, gastric cancer and the list goes on. While your bad breath could mean nothing, it’s always a good idea to clear the air and have your dentist take a look. You may find out that all you need is some breath mints, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Leads to Costly Dental Procedures

The longer you put off going to the dentist, the more issues your dentist will have to take care of during your next visit. You may think you can take care of your dental needs all on our own, but, the truth is, only a dentist can effectively take care of plaque and tartar buildup. The accumulation of plaque and tartar can lead to cavities, and if left untreated, root canals. Addressing these issues sooner rather than later will save you lots of time and money in the long run.

What we’re trying to get at here is that there are much worse things than taking a trip to the dentist. A simple check-up can prevent all the issues and complications that we just mentioned!

If the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair still makes you feel weak in the knees, West Chester Dental Arts offers sedation services that we can easily implement into your treatment (just a tiny blue pill and no needles!). We can take care of years of dental treatments in just one or two visits. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call and schedule your appointment today!