Five Reasons to Invest in Preventative Dental Care
- Posted on: Sep 26 2016
Look, we get it. Coming in for regular check-ups, cleanings, and treatments can grow tiresome. Finding time to take off from work or get out of classes can prove challenging when deadlines and personal commitments are coming at you faster than a New York minute. If you’re struggling to find a motivation to get to the dentist, you’re not alone. According to a recent article from BenefitsPRO, more than a third of adults who both have private dental insurance and are below the age of 65 did not submit a claim in an entire year. From a health perspective, that’s worrisome. Preventive dental care should be viewed as an investment in your dental health and overall wellness, so it’s important to carve out time for appointments. Still not convinced? Read on for five reasons you should take time for preventive care.
- You’re not taking care of everything at home. You might have good intentions and all the tools — a motorized toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, multi-benefit toothpaste, whitening strips, even a water pick — but unless you practice in the dental industry, you’re not an oral care expert. Professional dental tools tackle even the tough-to-reach spots in your mouth and we use treatments that aren’t available in drugstores. If you want an expert clean, you need to see an expert.
- Dental health impacts your whole body. When plaque and bacteria build up on teeth, the mouth is susceptible to periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Over time, these conditions can harm other areas of your body — including your heart — and can even impact pregnancies. Additionally, if you’re bothered by the way your smile looks, it can harm your self-esteem and have a negative affect your mental health. And oral hygiene only gets more important with age. People over 35 lose more teeth because of gum disease than because of cavities.
- You’ll save money in the long run. Dental appointments can add up, but preventive care is much more affordable than the bigger procedures and treatments — like fillings, crowns, extractions, and implants — that follow years of neglect.
- We can tell you if something is wrong. We don’t have bright lights and angled mirrors in the office for nothing. Dentists are trained to see things that aren’t quite right — like cancerous spots, tooth chips, and early cavities — before the damage is out of control. Plus, not all dental conditions are visible from the outside. That’s why you need X-rays to help flag any internal structural issues.
- We can answer your questions (yes, even the ones that make you feel silly) in person. Google is great for finding out the basics, but it can also produce a lot of misleading or contradictory answers. When you come into our office, we welcome conversations about dental care. We can recommend at-home care techniques, review brushing basics, chat about replacing missing retainers (sorry, mom!), and even tell you if that recent finding about not flossing is true.
Regular, preventative trips to the dentist are essential for well-being. Don’t put off the inevitable. Call us today about scheduling an appointment and investing in your oral health.
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