written by Jimmy Kilimitzoglou, DDS of e.s.i. Healthy Dentistry for Creations Magazine
During quarantine small dental problems may have become more involved requiring more complex treatment. People often ask me “shouldn’t I wait a little longer to visit my dentist?” Here are a few “Cs” that illustrate why you should make your appointment today:
Cancer prevention – every exam includes an oral cancer screening. When caught early, oral cancer is completely curable.
Cavities – small ones require small fillings but large ones may require root canals, crowns or even tooth removal.
Canker sores – they can get very painful.
Cold sores – just like canker sores, they are exacerbated by stress, and everyone has experienced more stress these days.
Chipped teeth – they can easily be repaired when immediately addressed.
Crevices in gums – pockets around teeth can get deeper causing pain, bleeding, inflammation and overall health problems.
Cramped jaw muscles – TMJ is on the rise and can be alleviated with simple appliance therapy.
Clean breath – sometimes poor breath is indicative of systemic disease as your mouth is a portal to the rest of your body.
Clear aligner orthodontics – minor tooth movements can be made in as little as 6 months so that we can straighten those pearly whites.
Complete previously initiated treatment – maybe you started a crown or a bridge and lost the temporary; teeth have a tendency to move which makes your treatment regress.
Continue larger treatment plans – oftentimes your comprehensive plan is in phases and now you can keep moving forward.
Commence treatment – New York State was on pause but so was your dental treatment. Let’s get you back on track.