What's the Cost of Skipping a Check-up?
A recent article by the UK-based Independent investigated what happens in your mouth between visits. In one case, a patient who avoided the dentist for 10 years needed over $35,000 in treatment! Ten years is a long time, so let's take a look at what things can look like in smaller amounts of time.
Six months: Patients are often unaware of developing cavities and these visits are also opportunities to monitor potential signs of oral cancer.
One year: The possibility of gum disease increases significantly.
Five years: At this stage, once straightforward teeth upkeep techniques have been neglected for so long, the long-term survival of someone's teeth is at risk and surgery is needed.
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Dr. Arauz is a Board Certified periodontist, Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology, and an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Osseointegration and the American Board of Periodontology.
The dental practice of Dr. Jose Arauz in Jacksonville, North Carolina is limited to Periodontics, Dental Implants, and Oral Medicine. He is fluent and proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese.