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The Honest Truth: Learn What to Expect if It Has Been Years Since You’ve Visited the Dentist

March 15, 2021

The Honest Truth: Learn What to Expect if It Has Been Years Since You’ve Visited the Dentist

The longer a person goes without going to the dentist, the harder it can seem. Many people are not sure what to expect, they do not know what they might be getting into, and they are afraid of what will happen. Keep reading to learn what you can expect if you contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for a dental cleaning and exam after several years without having one.

Your Visit Will Take Longer

It is true that if you have not been to the dentist for many years, then it is likely that your appointment will take longer than it would if you were visiting us every six months. This is because we will need to do dental x-rays and because the cleaning process generally takes longer. Remember that tartar is a hard substance that can only be removed by a detailed dental cleaning. If it has been years since this has been done, then it is likely to take longer to get it done.

You Might Experience Some Discomfort

The idea that visiting the dentist will be excruciatingly painful is false. However, there can be some discomfort if you have not taken care of your teeth and have not visited a dentist for a long time. Your gums might be irritated, and you might have some tenderness on them. In most cases, all it takes is a few doses of over-the-counter pain medication, and the discomfort will be gone.

You Are Likely to Have Cavities

You should not be surprised if you visit a dentist for the first time in a while and end up with a cavity or two. The good news is that when cavities are treated, they generally do not do long-term damage. However, if you neglect to have them treated, then they can turn into much more serious issues and can cause tooth loss.

There Might Be Extra Costs

The more time that passes between dentist appointments, the more likely you will have dental issues. This means that you might have to pay more if it has been a while since you visited us. That said, remember that these costs are only going to go up. Nothing that is wrong with your teeth or gums is going to get better on its own – the cost you pay today will be less than what you would pay a year from now.

Compassion and Understanding

Finally, and most importantly, know that when you visit California Dental Group after not having been to the dentist for years, we will treat you with compassion and understanding – as we treat all patients. We know there are many reasons that a person might not have visited the dentist, and we do not judge anyone. We will explain everything to you so that you can take control of your oral health. Contact us at (800) 407-0161 to get started.

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