Skipping Regular Dental Visits May Affect Oral Health

The Independent (UK) (9/20, Gander) states that people who skip regular dental visits “could suffer rapid deterioration of their oral health.” The article states that in addition to looking for tooth decay, “dentists also check for mouth cancer and other ailments, which could potentially save a person’s life.” A UK dentist provides a breakdown of how lack of dental care could affect a person’s oral health over time, mentioning it took him 18 months to reconstruct a patient’s teeth after years of dental neglect.

        The ADA recommends people receive regular dental care at intervals their dentist determines.

        MouthHealthy.org and the Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provide information on oral and oropharyngeal cancer for patients and for dental professionals.