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Avoiding the Dentist: What’s the worst that could happen?
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We realize that a trip to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite activity. However, it is an important one. Not only do routine and specialty visits keep your teeth healthier and minimize your risk for cavities, they can also save your life.

Oral Abscess

Sometimes, bacteria in your mouth can cause something called an abscess. An abscess is an infection that is usually painful and filled with pus. There are two types of oral abscesses: gum abscesses (also known as periodontal abscesses) and tooth-related abscesses (also known as periapical abscesses).

These infections will not go away on their own, and will last as long as they are left untreated. Untreated infections are very concerning, and have the potential to lead to more serious health problems, and in some cases, death.

If you believe you may have an oral abscess, schedule an appointment with our office right away by calling 952-443-3368.

Oral Cancer

Dr. Leonard checking a patientDid you know that dentists also screen for oral cancer at each routine visit? They will check your tongue, cheeks, gums, lips, and roof and floor of your mouth. Early detection of oral cancer is extremely important, as it is very difficult to treat once it is in a more advanced state.

If oral cancer is detected early on, the breadth of treatment necessary is significantly reduced, and can mean preserving any mouth functions that may otherwise be lost with advanced-stage treatments.

Regardless of your schedule or affinity to routine visits, we highly suggest visiting the dentist every six months. We will do everything we can to make it a pleasant visit for you. If you wish, we also offer sedation dentistry to ease your anxiety. Please call 952-443-3368 to make your appointment.