What are the health risks of delaying dental visits?

Dentists emphasise that prevention and early identification are essential to maintaining good oral health, just as they are with medical disorders.

At routine checkups, dentists examine for conditions like mouth cancer, which is simpler to treat when discovered early

according to Etminan, dental director at the University of Illinois' Mile Square Health Center.

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Periodontal, or gum, disease is caused by bacteria that can spread to other regions of the body

And potentially trigger the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to some studies.

If you're afraid of getting your teeth cleaned, it's best to discover the issue early rather than later.