Impact of living life without regular dentist visits "As people mature, the aging process takes it's toll on oral health and, without regular dental check-ups, the ill effects can catch up to you and provide greater challenges than if teeth had been well maintained all along," says Golub-Evans. "People who are pre-disposed to heart disease, or who are dealing with a compromised immune system, should be especially mindful of oral health. The bacteria in the mouth can spread through the bloodstream and create much larger health problems," he adds. "The top health problems we generally see in people who haven't seen a dentist regularly are gingivitis (where the gums swell up as a result of the buildup from not getting routine cleanings) and cavities (which develop from bacteria). When these, and other serious issues, go unseen without a regular check-up, it could ultimately result in bone degradation and tooth loss," says Golub-Evans.
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