If you’re like most people the thought of going to the dentist is enough to want to make you scream “Mercy!” And if you’ve been avoiding making an appointment to sit in the dentist’s chair, here are three diseases that might just scare you into the dental chair. Read on to learn more.
- Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, causes your gums to become red, swollen, and tender to the touch. One of the main problems with gum disease is that even the littlest things like biting into an apple or brushing your teeth can cause your gums to bleed. If left untreated, gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Additionally, there is some link to gum disease and heart disease, which is enough of a concern to get you into the dentist’s chair immediately. If you notice that your gums are starting to recede, are red, swollen, and bleed a lot, you may have gum disease and should see your dentist immediately.
- Oral Cancer
If you smoke, have smoked, drink a lot of alcohol, or have a family history of cancer, then you may be at risk for developing oral cancer. However, as a form of cancer that is often left undetected until it is too late, oral cancer can be aggressive if left untreated. By scheduling an appointment with your dentist, however, they will feel around your throat and neck, and inspect your mouth as well for any signs of cancer. If you are worried that you may develop oral cancer, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.
- Tooth Decay
Suffering from the pain caused by a cavity is not only annoying but it is something that can make even simple things like drinking a glass of ice water painful. And if left untreated, your cavity can eventually completely erode your tooth and leave you with only one solution: having it pulled. Skip the thought of tooth decay altogether and visit your dentist every six months in order to ensure that your mouth is in the best condition as possible.
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