A new study finds that if you have a dental problem, the longer you wait, the more likely you are to end up with an infection.
Researchers say that by treating dental issues early, like plaque buildup, cavities and gum problems, it can help lower your risk of developing dental problems later.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 10,000 patients over a three-year period.
The researchers looked at the risk of infection associated with three types of oral disease: plaque buildup (which could lead to tooth decay), cavities (which can cause permanent damage to your teeth) and gum (which prevents teeth from growing properly).
The researchers found that people who waited three months or more to seek care for their dental problems were more likely to have an infection than those who waited a month or more.
The risk of dental infections increased from one to three times after three months of waiting.
The researchers also looked at how long people waited to seek dental care.
They found that patients who waited six months or longer were at a higher risk of a dental infection, compared to those who stayed longer.
The study also looked into whether people waited longer to seek treatment for gum problems.
People who waited longer than three months were at an increased risk of gum infection.
Those who waited less than six months were also at an elevated risk.
Researchers are still studying the links between dental problems and risk of an infection, but they believe this study suggests that if people wait longer, they may have an even higher chance of developing a dental complication.
The American Dental Association says that the American Denture Association’s Prevent Dentive Dentistry program offers free dental care and a comprehensive list of dental health services for people who need them most.