When money is tight, dental checkups are often the first to go. The truth is, regular dentist visits can save you money. Here’s why:
Prevention is always the better model – both financially and medically.
Regular dentist visits now will save you money (and your health) in the long run because you won’t have to pay for much more expensive treatments later on – including, but not limited to – fillings, crowns, tooth extractions, and root canals.
Gum disease is like a cancer. In the earliest form, gingivitis, it is curable. After that, it’s only possible to achieve remission. Regular dentist visits will help you prevent gingivitis so that you never have live with gum disease for the rest of your life. It’s 100% preventable – with regular dentist visits. That’s why regular dentist visits can save you money in the long run – it’s much cheaper to prevent disease than to prevent it – not to mention better for your health and less painful.
Consider this – the national average for a dentist visit in the US is $78. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born prematurely. Now consider the cost of supporting a preemie in the intensive care unit of a hospital, not to mention emotional and health costs to both you and your child.
Seeing the dentist is not just about having a pretty smile. Regular dentist visits in combination with proper oral hygiene habits can and will save you money because preventing disease is cheaper than treating it.
I don’t mean to scare you, but this happens all the time – people who don’t feel like flossing because it’s annoying or they forget, or people who have dental anxiety and don’t have a dentist visit for several years – who end up in tons of pain later in life, have major dental work that needs to be done, and compromised health. Imagine what regular dentist visits could have done earlier on in life to save them money (and pain).
Our habits are cumulative over the years. People with good dental health habits and who have regular dentist visits save money in the long run. Regular dentist visits and good dental health habits are an investment in your health; forgo them now and you’ll end up with a huge dental bill and in lots of pain decades from now.
Take a look at this infographic. It does a great job illustrating the importance of prevention when it comes to dental health and how your habits now can save you money and your health in the long run.
Mark Burhenne DDS