If life teaches us anything, it is that if you let small problems fester, they will eventually grow and become bigger issues later on. The same applies to your oral health. Take a moment and meet Cole. Cole is a normal guy with a normal job in a normal town in Panama City. He owns his car, owns his home, and has a healthy mouth. To this point in his life (he is mid-30s), he has had no issues with his car, home, or smile. All of that is about to change, because Cole doesn’t make the right decisions when he sees small problems starting to show.
Cole has owned his car for about three years. During that time, he has been sure to keep it clean inside and washed outside. He takes pride in owning his car, a fire-engine red, two-door sports coupe. Cole has done a lot to restore the look of the car since he purchased it, but he has done almost nothing for the engine, save for a tune-up once right after he purchased it.
Cole also owns a home. He saved every dollar he had made from the time he was old enough to work and was able to use that money to purchase a nice, if small, two-bedroom, ranch-style home. His house sits on about a half acre of land. His house was built about 15 years ago, so it is not old, but it certainly is not new. As with his car, Cole has done a lot to make sure that his home looks great, but he has not checked out any of the unseen characteristics of his home at all.
Cole also has a great smile. Everyone who knows him, talks to him, or is generally around him at all will tell you about how nice his smile is. Cole did not have to pay any money for his smile; he was gifted it thanks to his genes. He used to go to the dentist occasionally, but he has not gone in several years at this point. He knows he should have his teeth looked at, but since his smile is so nice anyway, he figures he can wait to go and get his teeth checked out.
“What’s the Worst That Can Happen?”
One day, Cole’s car starts making a small noise. Nothing major, but it is coming from the engine. Cole has no idea what the sound is, but what he does know is that the car still responds the same as it did before the noise occurred. He writes it off as something that will go away on its own over time.
Cole’s house’s roof is 15 years old. Most roofs are warranted for 30 years, so Cole figures he has another 15 years before he needs to worry about fixing anything on the roof. One day, a storm comes through town and blows a few shingles off of his roof. Cole knows this happened, but he just doesn’t have the time to get up there and find where the shingles came off, and even if he did, he would have no idea how to replace them. So, Cole leaves the shingles off and figures his roof will be fine. I mean, what difference is one shingle really going make, right?
Cole brushes his teeth at the same time every morning and night, and every time he does, nothing out of the ordinary happens. Well, this time something does happen. As Cole is brushing his teeth one morning, he spits some toothpaste out only to notice that there is a little red in the toothpaste. He has heard people talking about their gums bleeding after brushing their teeth, but he doesn’t realize that this is a symptom of a possible problem with his otherwise great smile. Cole figures he just brushed too hard, and that his gums will take care of themselves if he’s gentler.
Cole is in for a Rude Surprise
With his car, his house, and his gums, Cole has been given a warning that something is not right. In each case, if Cole would just take the time to get the small issue addressed, he would save himself a ton of time, money, and hassles later on. Want to find out what we’re talking about? Check back next time to find out what is going to happen next for Cole. If you are worried about some symptoms you have had with your smile and don’t want to make the mistake of not getting them addressed, call our Panama City, FL office today at 850-588-0185 to schedule your appointment.