Some people may require emergency dentistry because they only go for a check-up when they start to experience pain.
This is according to one expert, who said some patients are in denial about needing treatment.
Ken Schweifler wrote for the Los Angeles Town Crier that many treatable ailments, such as dental decay and periodontal disease, do not have any obvious symptoms.
However, modern technology such as X-rays means they can be detected straight away, thus avoiding the need for emergency dentistry.
“Today’s dentists are highly trained to identify problems in their earliest stages and render technically demanding treatments that conserve tooth structure and prevent tooth loss,” Mr Schweifler added.
He said that until recent technological developments, pain was the only indication of a serious dental problem.
Writing for the Daily Express, Dr Rosemary Leonard recently said that although drinking fruit juice is healthy, too much may lead to tooth decay and damage enamel.