Now, your teeth can last for a lifetime with the right care at home and using the latest innovations in dentistry. You may think brushing and flossing are enough to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, they are not. You also need to see your dentist at least twice a year. Although you may feel routine appointments are unnecessary, they are invaluable to preserving your oral health. By doing so, you not only promote a healthy mouth, but you also lower your long-term dental costs.
Cost of Poor Oral Health
All too often, people believe their home oral hygiene habits are enough for a healthy smile. As a result, they do not visit their dentist until after a problem develops, like a toothache. While it may seem like you are saving money by skipping routine appointments, you are actually increasing your dental costs and placing the longevity of your smile at risk.
Dental care is designed with prevention in mind. By stopping oral health issues from occurring in the first place, it lowers overall dental expenses. In fact, it is estimated every Ghc.100 spent on prevention can save you as much as Ghc. 800 to Ghc. 2000 in restorative or emergency services.
Your dental expenses are not the only area you will save money. Dental emergencies are a leading cause of missed days from work and trips to local emergency rooms. The income loss and medical fees further add to a financial burden that could easily be avoided with regular visits to your dentist.
Benefits of Routine Dental Care
Semi-annual dental appointments allow your dentist to remove harmful tartar accumulations that increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Although they are preventable, 92% of adults have had at least one cavity and over 50% of adults have a form of gum disease.
Even with the best preventive care, complications can still arise. Regular trips to your dentist allow these issues to be detected early for quick intervention. By treating the problem while it is still small, like a cavity, the treatment is less invasive and more affordable.
Unfortunately, if you skip your routine appointments, the complication progresses in severity, which could lead to a dental emergency, like a broken or infected tooth. As a result, a more costly and invasive procedure is needed to rehabilitate it. If you wait too long to see your dentist, they may not be able to save your tooth. It may need to pay for an extraction, which also means a lifelong commitment to an expensive dental prosthetic to fill the empty space.
Keep Your Smile Healthy
Although routine appointments may seem like a hassle, they allow you to invest in your oral health to lower your dental costs over time. If it has been more than 6 months since your last appointment, do now wait to schedule a cleaning and checkup.
About Bethel Dental
Bethel Dental believes a healthy smile starts here. We focus on prevention to help you reach and maintain optimal oral health. We provide the complete services you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you need a cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.