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It’s time for your 6-month exam and dental cleaning. However, you’re juggling things like work, time with family, and your child’s big game. Maybe you can put off your appointment by a month or two. There’s nothing wrong with that…is there?

The Cons of Putting Off Dental Treatment
You may be surprised to learn that putting off dental visits can be hazardous, even if it’s just a simple routine appointment. This is because during your cleaning, our hygienist removes tartar that is impossible for you to clean from your teeth at home. In addition, Dr. Coley Ramsey performs a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This allows him to detect any dental issues, like cavities, early on when they are still easy to treat. Read on to learn of some potential problems that may happen because of procrastinated dental cleanings or treatments:

– Cavity Progression – Putting off exams or dental filling appointments gives any cavities time to grow larger.
– Infection in the Root Canals – If the root canals of a tooth become infected, you may experience a swelling in the gums near the tooth or a toothache. A root canal treatment can usually be avoided by attending your regularly scheduled dentist appointments.
– Progression of Gum Disease – Another thing that Dr. Coley Ramsey checks for during your routine appointment is gum disease. If this disease is allowed to progress because of neglected dental work, the end result could be tooth loss.

We encourage you to call Next Level Dental at 615-459-6354 today for more information about how we can accommodate you and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Smyrna, Tennessee.