Although procrastination may be considered the most important thing that leads to dental interventions which could have been avoided, the mistakes resulting in expensive treatments are as diverse as one can imagine. The list below has been conceived to help you be aware of the potential risks commonly associated to a few regular habits. As such, it is contextual and definitely not complete.
- Delaying treatments. Due to various reasons (lack of money at a certain moment in time, fear for dental treatments, irresponsibility, lack of implication), some people choose to delay their regular visit at the dentist. This is a major mistake, because it always leads to more complex interventions. In dentistry, the principle is quite simple: the sooner you get to solve your dental problems, the better and the cheaper it is.
- Excessive invasive cosmetic dental treatments. Home whitening done in excess without the proper supervision of a professional is the most common cosmetic treatment that can lead to unnecessary expensive interventions. In some countries, wearing veneers is in fashion, but there are situations when veneers are unnecessary. Although the incidence of dental problems associated to wearing veneers is low, there’s no real reason to get them in the first place unless the aesthetics strongly demand them.
- Excessive brushing. There are patients who simply brush too much. This damages the gums and may also impact on the quality of the enamel; both conditions lead to local infections which, at their turn, require medical treatments.
- Preconceptions regarding pregnancy. Lack of knowledge in the field of dentistry makes many pregnant women avoid dentists for the duration of the pregnancy, although the limitations are much more relative than that.
- Self-diagnosis. This reality is much more common than one may think; patients tend to self-diagnose when dealing with their teeth and this is a major mistake because it creates a real gap between the medical condition they have and the treatments they get. In this context, the timing is of key importance.
Never avoid dentists for such reasons; it is counterproductive and it only leads to more expensive and complex treatments. Dealing with your dental issues when they occur is the best way to maintain a reasonable balance between comfort and efficiency.