What are the most common excuses for skipping dental visits? Maybe you already have a busy work schedule and it isn’t convenient? Maybe you’re trying to save money on dental visits only when there’s an emergency? Perhaps you’re afraid it will be painful?
According to your dentist in North Dallas, skipping visits isn’t worth it in the long-term. Doing so will only exacerbate the reasons you skipped in the first place. Take a moment to learn why.
How Skipping Visits Allows Problems to Worsen
For a point of reference, the American Dental Association recommends patients visit once every six months for a routine examination and cleaning. Doing this allows your dentist to catch early signs of dental disease as well as other systemic diseases that affect overall health, including oral cancer and heart disease.
By skipping routine visits, you only allow problems you weren’t aware of to go unchecked. When you visit regularly, you’ll get dental X-rays, a periodic exam for problems, and a thorough cleaning. This preventive measure helps you avoid far more painful conditions and treatments later, including tooth decay, infections, tooth loss, and gum disease.
The last thing you want is to need uncomfortable restorative treatments like tooth extractions, dental fillings, oral surgery, dental implants, or deep cleanings typically reserved for gum disease.
Is Visiting Less Really Cheaper Than Preventive Visits?
Keep in mind that preventive care is the cheapest form of dental care you can receive today. This is true across the board according to research conducted on the average cost of dental treatments both with and without a dental discount plan. For example, a typical preventive visit averaged around $171 without a discount plan and $58 with one. For all treatments, including root canal therapy and crowns, tooth extractions and bridges, and partial dentures, the cost averaged over 10 to 20 times higher than preventive visits. This is because restorative and emergency care always requires more diligence on the dentist’s part and typically more visits to complete.
Dental Emergencies are Not Predictable
The beauty of regular dental visits is you can schedule them ahead of time and plan for them accordingly. When you wait for an emergency to appear, you aren’t doing the scheduling anymore. The reality is you are letting your own mouth and teeth to schedule for you. Even if you brush twice a day, floss daily, and keep a balanced diet, there’s no way to know if problems are present until you visit a medical professional.
When you allow your mouth to dictate visits, you’re more likely to encounter:
- Late-night tooth pain and lost sleep
- Cancelled meetings or other activities due to needing treatment
- Using time meant for holidays and relaxing for appointments
- Situations where your dentist can’t see you for an emergency
The key to preventing emergencies, keeping good oral health overall, and saving money and time on dental care is through regular dental visits. Schedule today to keep your mouth healthy and your future free of expensive restorative care!
About the Author
Dr. John A. Grinaldi has been providing high-quality dental care to the North Dallas community for 20 years. After earning his DDS degree from Ohio University, he earned Fellow status with the Academy of General Dentistry and the status of “Super Dentist” from Texas Monthly Magazine from 2004 to 2015. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.