Most of us are looking for ways to save money; and that’s smart. All of us would be better off if we stashed away a little more cash for a rainy day. But some things are just too important to skip. One of these is regular dental care. By missing appointments with your dentist, you set yourself up for a big emergency bill somewhere down the road.
Why Dental Care Is Too Important to Avoid
Teeth are pretty remarkable things, when you think about it. They have a hard job to do; yet they still do it. They can stand up to decades of use with only minimal care. Plus,they’re what make our smile so appealing.
Your teeth have enemies, though. They come in the form of microscopic bacteria that live in your mouth. Like determined burglars, they’re constantly looking for a way to break into your teeth and wreak havoc. Once in place, there’s no end to the amount of harm they can cause you.
Dental science knows of no way to rid your body of these persistent threats. That doesn’t mean you’re hopeless, however. You can minimize your risk of suffering from dental problems by brushing and flossing, avoiding sweets, and staying away from tobacco products and illicit drugs.
By themselves, however, these important oral hygiene steps aren’t enough. You also need the kind of care that only a trained professional can provide. Here’s why:
The Real Cost of Emergency Dental Care
- Plaque and tartar are notoriously hard to remove. Toothpaste and floss string can help, but controlling it effectively takes the kind of thorough cleaning that you can only get in the dentist’s office.
- Cavities are not the only threat to your oral health. Certain conditions, oral cancer for example, first reveal themselves in your mouth. A trained dentist can spot warning signs that might otherwise go unnoticed.
- Enjoying good lifelong dental health is like any other skill. Success comes from mastering the fundamentals. You may think that you’re doing a good job of brushing and flossing; and maybe you are. But a dentist can recommend ways to up your game
- Health coverage information is always changing. Seeing your dentist soon will allow the office staff to make sure your insurance information is up-to-date, saving you from a potential hassle when you need care the most.
Imagine this: you’re getting ready for a holiday party, a well-deserved vacation, or simply another day at work when you notice a toothache starting. You try to ignore the discomfort, but it only becomes worse. By the time day turns into night, you’re willing to do almost anything to get some relief.
You end up at an emergency dental clinic. There, you learn that treating the problem will require a root canal or other advanced treatment. Is there any worse way to spend an evening?
Seen from this perspective, the real value of regular dental care becomes clear. Make an appointment to see your dentist soon. You’ll not only save money, you’ll save yourself from needless suffering down the road. We wish you and yours a happy, and healthy, 2019.
About the Author
Dr. Neil Flenniken earned his DDS degree from Howard University. He keeps his skills sharp through continuous training and education. You can reach his office online or by calling (703) 714-7374.