Many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis. They only go when they have a problem. This is known as “crisis treatment” versus “preventive treatment.” While these patients may feel they are saving money, it often ends up costing much more in dollars and time. This is because many dental problems do not have symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process. An example is tooth decay. It is typical to hear, “Nothing hurts… I don’t have any problems.”
- I have dentures. Is it necessary for me to still see my dentist?
- I am undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment, how can this affect my mouth?
- Why do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?
- I just found out I am pregnant. How can this affect my mouth?
- I have diabetes. Why is my dentist concerned?