Fall 2018 Newsletter
When you get the chance to save money, it’s truly a wonderful thing. Finding a sale at your favorite grocery store can give you a rush. Discounts at the department store make you feel like you’re getting away with something. However, many people don’t see dental care in the same way because the cost savings aren’t displayed on a large paper sign. That’s why Dr. Chapman, Dr. Kelly, and the entire team at Family Dental Associates want to let you in on a secret.
To protect your teeth and save money on dental care in the long-term, patients need to commit to routine dental visits. Of course, you don’t only have to take our word for it. In this month’s newsletter, we’ll take a closer look at the data and what skipping routine visits and follow-up treatments could lead to.
Preventive care is the first line of defense against all forms of dental disease. Whether it’s stopping decay, gum disease, or something more sinister, you have the power to stop it before it becomes serious. While at-home care is necessary, routine exams, cleanings, and the occasional X-ray are all incredibly affordable.
People often assume that if they skip routine visits that they’ll save money in the long-term. The reality is the opposite is true. According to a study published by Cigna on improving health and lowering medical costs, every dollar spent on preventive care could save $8 to $50 in restorative and emergency care.
If you can avoid expensive and extensive issues with your car by having it maintained every few months, wouldn’t you want to through cheap oil changes and tire rotations? The same applies for oral care.
Most people only pay attention to the cleaning aspect of routine visits, but the dentists and hygienists are doing far more than you may know. They’re always looking for decay, cavities, gum disease, inflammation, oral cancer, and other issues that could pose a problem later if not handled.
However, that’s not the only ailment they’re keeping in mind. If they’ve ever asked you if you’re feeling jaw pain, suffering from chronic headaches, or having trouble sleeping at night, it’s because they want to make sure there are no issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ.) They’re making sure no symptoms of sleep apnea are present. Both of these issues can be caught and handled in-office through routine visits!
In the event that we do find an issue, whether it be a cavity, gum disease, infection, or enamel erosion, it’s important that you get treatment for it done right away. Putting off care and follow-up treatments only allows the problem to worsen, resulting in significantly a higher chance of dental emergencies and needing treatments like deep cleaning, root canals, oral surgery, and tooth extractions.
According to studies on emergency room visits, two million visits in 2013 occurred due to dental pain. Since most hospitals don’t have dentists on staff to treat the source of this dental pain, 39 percent of these patients returned to the emergency room again later.
If your plan is to prevent more visits and oral discomfort, the answer is more routine visits, not less. By visiting once every six months, Family Dental Associates can give you the care to protect yourself, your family, and your wallet from higher dental costs. We hope you schedule an appointment with us in the near-future but until then, keep brushing, flossing, and smiling!