July 8, 2020
In addition to anxiety, one of the most common reasons that people avoid seeng the dentist is because of financial worries. If you can brush your teeth at home, then why should you worry about seeing your dentist every six months? The truth is that you can save more money by going to the dentist regularly than avoiding your appointments until you have a dental emergency. Continue reading to learn how regular checkups and cleanings can save you money.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Even if you have great oral hygiene and are the most diligent brusher in the world, there are still hard to reach places that you will miss. When you go to your regular appointments, you will receive a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that you cannot remove yourself. If it isn’t removed, it will eventually lead to tooth decay, infections, or gingivitis. Having a regular appointment to remove these substances is much more cost efficient than waiting until you need fillings or the dreaded root canal.
Catching Early Gum Disease
Gum disease is something that is easily preventable, but very popular. In fact, more than half of adults over the age of 35 have some sort of periodontal disease. Your dentist is specifically trained to catch early signs of the disease so that you can get treatment before it progresses from gingivitis to periodontitis. This can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Spending money on tooth replacement options is much more costly than early stage gum disease treatment.
Detecting Oral Cancer
During each and every checkup, your dentist will look for signs of deadly diseases such as oral cancer. Catching this disease early is crucial to getting the treatment you need and making a full recovery. Having this screening when you go to your regular visits every six months can save you tons of money on treatment and it can even save your life!
When you have your teeth cleaned professionally, your appointment is complete when your dental staff polishes your teeth. This helps to eliminate staining brought on by dark colored foods and beverages. If you don’t take care of discoloration early on, you may be compelled to pay more money in the future for professional teeth whitening treatment or porcelain veneers.
In the end, seeing your dentist every six months to avoid future issues can not only save you money, but can also save you from a lot of hardship in the coming years. Making time for regular visits is a worthwhile investment of your time and money.
About the Author
Dr. Benjamin Naylor is a family dentist serving patients in the Springfield, OR community. He completed his degree in dentistry at Roseman University College of Dental Medicine in South Jordan, UT. By providing regular cleanings are checkups, Dr. Naylor is committed to help patients save time, money, and discomfort. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (541) 345-5363.
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