One day you visit the dentist because you have an irresistible toothache. After being examined, it turned out that your teeth were deeply infected down to the root canal. Finally, you agreed to do root canal treatment according to the dentist's suggestion. On the day of the first visit, the dentist numbs the nerves in your teeth first so that you don't feel any pain in the next series of treatments. The dentist recommends that you come back a few days later to do a root canal cleaning to remove the pulp in the root canal of your tooth that is already infected. However, because it turns out that your teeth don't hurt anymore, you decide to postpone or even cancel your second visit. This turned out to be bad for the condition of your teeth, why?
Melakukan perawatan di dokter gigi terurama saluran akar pastinya memerlukan beberapa tahapan hingga akhirnya perawatan selesai dilakukan. Tapi untuk beberapa orang lebih memilih untuk nggak melanjutkan perawatan karena mereka merasa kondisi gigi mereka sudah membaik. Padahal, perawatan yang belum selesai justru berarti kondisi gigimu belum terlepas dari masalah yang menyerang gigi tersebut, lho. Seperti contoh tadi di atas, walaupun setelah saraf gigimu dimatikan dan kamu nggak merasakan ngilu lagi, namun pulpa pada saluran gigimu yang terinfeksi belum dibersihkan, nantinya akan kembali memunculkan rasa sakit suatu hari. Maka dari itu, dokter menganjurkan setiap pasien untuk turut melakukan rangkaian perawatan hingga selesai. Bahkan setelah perawatan selesai, ada baiknya pasien juga tetap rutin melakukan pengecekkan kondisi giginya.
Why is regularly checking the condition of your teeth so important?
According to research conducted on adults who did not complete a series of dental treatments compared to adults who regularly visited the dentist, the results suggested that people who "dropped out" from dental care actually had poor dental health. In fact, if you don't continue to properly care for your teeth, the treatment at your first visit could be in vain because the damage to your teeth can continue.
Besides that, regularly checking and taking care of your teeth also not only makes your teeth and mouth healthy, but the overall health condition of your body also has an effect. You need to remember that the health condition of your teeth can also affect the health of other organs in your body, which means that if you have serious dental problems and are not treated thoroughly, it can endanger your health.
Ref.: Kato, Tomotaka. 2018. Effects of dropping out of dental treatment on the oral health-related quality of life among middle-aged subjects using web research Online: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0205462