Are you looking for ways to save money? It’s common knowledge that the first step towards bulking up your savings is to cut back on unnecessary expenses. However, while you’re deciding what you can do without, don’t try to save money by cancelling your routine dental checkups! Even if your teeth look and feel fine, regularly visiting your dentist twice a year can save you a substantial amount of time and money later on. Here are four ways why biannual dental appointments are good for both your smile and your wallet.
1.) Prevent Costly Problems in the Future
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This saying holds true for many aspects of life—including your smile! Common oral health issues like cavities and gum disease can lead to painful and expensive complications if left untreated. However, the earlier they’re caught, the easier and more affordable they are to treat usually! Surveys estimate that for every dollar spent on preventive dental care, up to $50 can be saved on restorations and repairs.
2.) Save Money on Cosmetic Treatments
There are plenty of accidents and bad habits that can leave you with discolored, chipped, or otherwise flawed teeth. Thankfully, modern cosmetic dental treatments can help you overcome nearly any issue to achieve a beautiful smile. However, visiting your Mesquite dentist regularly for preventive care and cleanings can help save you money on cosmetic services later.
3.) Avoid Expensive Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, not every knocked-out or broken tooth can be prevented. But, you can lower your risk of a dental emergency and the expenses that come with treating it with routine dental checkups. Your dentist can spot early warning signs of habits or issues that may be leaving your teeth more prone to damage or infection. Early detection and personalized preventive care during your routine dental checkups can help you avoid an expensive dental emergency in the future.
4.) Spend Less on Overall Healthcare Costs
Countless studies are adding to a body of evidence that shows the health of your teeth and gums influences the rest of your body. Researchers have discovered that an unhealthy mouth can increase your risk of systemic conditions like respiratory infections, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, research indicates that those with poor oral health pay more for cardiovascular care than those who get the dental work they need.
Two quick and easy dental checkups each year can go a long way in saving you money in the long run. If you’re still concerned about the cost of caring for your smile, talk to your dentist to see which dental insurance they take and what savings plans or financing options are available.
About the Author
Dr. Phillip Johnson is proud to offer excellent, honest, and trustworthy dentistry to his hometown of Midlothian and the surrounding communities. He and his team go above and beyond to create a relaxing, friendly atmosphere and always only recommend treatments you need, no pressure required! He is an approved community care provider for those with VA coverage and accepts most major dental insurances. In addition, he offers financing options through CareCredit, Wells Fargo, and LendingPoint, as well as an in-house dental savings plan. To see just how affordable caring for your smile can be, don’t hesitate to contact him via his website or at (972) 723-3567.