I am a major proponent of dentists and dental healthcare. I have dental cleanings every 3 months. I made my husband who really disliked dentists realize what they do for our health. He has undergone several major dental treatments first bullied by me. But now he realizes how critical our dental well-being is to our general health.
However, when a couple of years ago, my dental hygienist noticed my gum was bleeding around an old crown placed a long time ago by my former dentist, I decided it was because that old dentist used an inferior material. For some reason, I finally wanted to take care of that crown and replace it this year. Imagine my surprise when I found out the actual tooth had decayed to the point that I needed a root canal, major gum work and a post. Even though the old crown was removed, decay built up two days later.
I don't know how long it's been going on. X-rays don't show what is underneath a crown. But suffice to say, if your gums are bleeding, you've got a problem. I am not a dentist nor is this medical advice. But I know that I was an idiot. Our brains have enough to deal with because of our lesions. We shouldn't add to that something that could be prevented.