You already know you should be visiting the dentist every 6 months. Your mom said so. Your grandmother said so. But besides just being good for your teeth, it can be good for your pocketbook. Here are 3 ways visiting the dentist every 6 months can save you money.
1. Prevent Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is what causes cavities and everything that comes after. This condition can worsen every 6 months or so as the plaque builds up. We can quickly diagnose your tooth decay, prevent the damage from plaque buildup, and even reverse its effects. But we need to diagnose it first. Otherwise, you’ll be paying more for cavities and more serious treatments if you go even longer.
2. Prevent Gum Disease
One of the more serious problems we’re referring to above is gum disease. This is something a dentist can diagnose and treat long before it becomes seriously painful and seriously expensive. It’s something you want to start treating right away, and coming in as frequent as every 6 months ensures that you’ll get a handle on gum disease quickly. Of course we know how important it is to keep you healthy and happy. But treating gum disease is far more expensive than a regular cleaning. Treatment can include expensive medication, deeper and more frequent cleanings, and even surgery.
3. Avoid Surgery and Tooth Extraction
The one thing we want to avoid when it comes to our mouth is tooth extraction. Of course it can be a painful, if necessary, measure to protect your health. It’s also among the most expensive treatments. Ultimately, the prevention of more serious dental problems is the way visiting the dentist regularly can save you money. Of course, your own personal oral hygiene can go a long way, but you still need a dentist to remove plaque, to diagnose serious and unforeseen problems, and often to correct and improve your dental health habits. A 2016 GOBankingRates survey found that 69 percent of Americans had less than $1,000 in total savings and 34 percent had no savings at all. You don’t want an unexpected emergency to be your dental surgery. Come visit us now and save your future self the money.