What Happens If I Don’t Go To The Dentist?

Written by Dr. Reuben Sim
Published: 23-01-2022

There are two groups of people that do not see the dentist. The first group might be a group of patients who are very, very anxious and therefore, they don’t visit the dentist for that reason. There’s a second group of people that do not see a dentist because they think everything’s fine because there’s no pain, there’s no discomfort and they feel healthy.

Now I want to address the second group of people. The reason is that when you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity or discomfort, it does not mean that you’ve got nothing wrong in your teeth.


For example, when you send your car for servicing every six months or twelve months or depending on the meter read of your car, the mechanic might pick up things such as your oil, your brake fluid might be low or your engine oil might need to be changed. Now while the car is still running quite nice and smooth, it doesn’t mean there are no issues within the engine that should be rectified.

Imagine if you continue driving in your car and you’ve never gotten a checkup on your car for two, three years, you could break down! This is very similar to your set of teeth. In the back of your mouth or in between your teeth, there are areas where you cannot see. When you brush your teeth in front of the mirror and you see your pearly whites at the front, while it might be looking good in between your teeth — there could be something lurking there or things could be happening under the gums. Something could be happening under your teeth! These are areas where you cannot see and you might want to have a professional have a look at them by taking a visual examination, taking x-rays, and so on and so forth.

If you haven’t seen a dentist just because you feel that everything is all fine and healthy, I would implore you to actually take a visit to your local dentist because if you have not seen a dentist for a long time because you’ve never experienced any pain or discomfort or you think you’re healthy, I would like you to maybe think again. Things could be happening in the background that you may not be aware of and you would like to potentially fix things when they’re small before they get bigger. When things are more serious or more complicated, the cost goes up, you can have issues and moving forward your dental health might deteriorate quite quickly.

If you or you know someone who hasn’t seen a dentist for a long time, you might want to share this video with them because this could help them potentially improve their dental health and get their teeth lasting a much longer period.