We’re all familiar with living on a budget, but sometimes life throws us a curveball, and all of a sudden our monthly or yearly finances need a little adjustment. It can be tempting to add dental care to our list of things to postpone when saving money, but be careful! Putting off dental treatment can often lead to more costly (and potentially more painful) treatment later on. But with a Preventive Dental Care Plan, you and your family can look after your oral health while saving money in the long-run.
Do Your Part At Home
It’s true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the most simple method for preventing expensive and uncomfortable tooth problems is your daily oral care routine. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing before you go to bed, and using a fluoride mouthwash will ward off most instances of tooth decay in the time between visits to the dentist. Also, avoiding overly sugary snacks and carbonated drinks can keep your mouth happy—and your wallet!
Don’t Skip Your Dental Visits
While two dental visits per year may seem like easy things to miss, visiting your dentist is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to preventive dental care. Your dentist is specially trained to diagnose problem areas in your teeth before they become worse, and in many cases, can treat or reverse mild decay and damage. Similarly, dental hygienists are equipped to clean areas of your teeth and gums that are impossible to reach with a home care routine, meaning harmful bacteria and decay can’t take hold. Over time, regular dental maintenance appointments are less expensive than reconstructive dentistry.
Fix Problems Early
When they feel something is wrong with their teeth, many people have a “wait and see” approach to their oral care—hoping that the problem will get better on its own and sparing them a trip to the dentist. However, this tactic rarely helps, and can make some easily treatable problems worse! A good example of the importance of preventative dental care is when people who are experiencing pain from a cavity wait so long that the decay worsens and must be treated with a root canal procedure, which is technically considered major surgery. In worst-case scenarios, people who put off treatment may require emergency dental services.
Your Preventative Plan May Be A Life Saver
It might sound a little dramatic, but keeping a regular oral care routine at home and staying on top of your biannual checkups could save your life—literally! Certain types of oral cancer are most effectively treated when diagnosed early, which can only be done by a trained dentist and becomes part of your check-up routine as you age. There are even some studies linking poor oral health, especially the gum disease gingivitis, to increased instances of heart attack and other serious problems throughout the body. Don’t gamble with your health, come see Champagne Family Dentistry in Sparks, NV today.
You Gotta Love Those ‘60s Commercials!
While a little outdated—especially the ol’ gender stereotypes about what dentists and hygienists look like—the above commercial has the right idea about regular dental checkups! People have known for generations now that the best way to keep your teeth healthy (and keep your teeth in general!) is to be proactive in their care.
If you have any questions about what may or may not be missing from your oral health care routine, or how you can make an appointment for yourself or a family member, don’t hesitate to contact Champagne Family Dentistry. Call, visit our clinic, or send us a message over email or Facebook and we’ll be happy to walk you through the scheduling process!