Your dentist has reopened for non-emergency dental care.
You’re months past due for a dental appointment.
But now you question:
Should I delay dental treatment?
With COVID-19 still out there, you’re feeling hesitant about visiting your dentist.
We get it.
But before you cancel or reschedule your appointment, read this. We’ve outlined the top reasons why you shouldn’t put off your dental care – even during a pandemic.
Right now, you’re probably thinking about delaying dental care during COVID, assuming you might be putting your health at risk by going to the dentist.
Which is fair, and we’re glad you’re thinking this way.
But here’s something you should know:
You may put your oral and overall health at an increased risk by pausing your dental care.
So to the answer question, “Should I delay dental treatment?”
Our quick answer is no; don’t delay dental treatment.
Now, let’s explore why in detail.
In most cases, dental issues worsen over time.
Here’s an example:
Chipped tooth cavity infected pulp severe pain tooth loss
Even simple procedures like a regular hygiene visit become more problematic the longer you delay treatment. Having more plaque built up on your teeth could turn into a longer appointment or require additional follow-up. In these cases, you would need root canal on an emergency basis to prevent further deterioration.
Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body – viruses and dental problems included.
Untreated and severe dental problems show a correlation to overall health problems, including:
Maintaining your dental appointments is essential to your overall well-being. For example, a missing dental implant could lead to weakening of dental integrity and overall health.
If your oral health or teeth change, you may not be eligible to move forward with your previously planned treatment.
Here are a few examples:
This brings us to your next point.
A filling vs. a crown.
A root canal vs. a dental implant.
These are examples of how the first treatment costs way less than the alternative if you delay dental care.
As dental problems worsen, you’re more at risk of experiencing tooth or gum pain. Untreated dental issues could cause such severe pain that you go to the emergency room (costing you a lot more than a dental visit).
And even if you didn’t have a dental problem at your last appointment, you’re not off the hook.
A lot can change in a few months (or weeks!), which is why the American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist for regular exams and cleanings every six months.
Since most dentists have reopened for “non-essential” dental services, you can resume all your treatments and regular check-ups again!
At Legacy Dental, we’ve always enforced the highest infection control standards. Your health and safety are paramount to us, and we do everything we can to protect you.
With the current situation, we are maintaining our strict disinfection and sterilization protocols, and implementing a few more precautions for added safety, including:
Most importantly, we’re here for you!
Our Salt Lake City dentists and team chose the dental industry because we care about you and your health. We have first-hand experience of knowing how delaying your dental care can have negative consequences, which is why we want you to be fully informed.
We also want to help you feel confident about returning to our safe and trusted dental office.
Delaying your dental treatment may do more harm than good – even during a pandemic.
Maintaining your oral health gives you a boost in confidence, more money to spend elsewhere, and better overall health.
Request an appointment today, even if you aren’t due to visit us for a few weeks or months. Our schedule is filling up quickly!
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Legacy Dental is based in Salt Lake City. We proudly serve neighborhoods throughout the area, including Salt Lake County, Millcreek, East Millcreek, Holladay, Sugarhouse, Murray, Midvale, South Salt Lake, Sandy, Taylorsville, West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, and Herriman.