Are you looking for ways to save money? You probably already know that one of the first things you should do is cut back on unnecessary expenses. However, as you’re deciding what you can do without, don’t try to save a few dollars by cancelling your routine dental checkups and cleanings! Even if your teeth look and feel fine, skipping these quick and simple visits can cost you a lot of time, money, and hassle in the future. Here are four ways that getting a dental checkup twice a year can benefit both your smile and your wallet.
1.) Prevent Costly Future Problems
The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when it comes to oral health. Common issues like cavities and gum disease may not bother you at first, but leaving them untreated can lead to painful and costly complications. Regular dental checkups can catch these problems when they’re small and more affordable to treat, or prevent them from starting in the first place. It’s estimated that for every dollar spend on preventive dentistry, up to $50 is saved on future repairs and treatments.
2.) Save Money on Cosmetic Treatments
Thanks to modern cosmetic dental treatments, it’s never been easier to correct chipped, stained, worn-down, or otherwise imperfect teeth. However, visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and preventive treatments will help keep your smile strong and sparkling. Checkups and cleanings generally cost much less than cosmetic services, especially if you have dental insurance!
3.) Avoid Expensive Dental Emergencies
While dental checkups can’t prevent every broken or knocked-out tooth, they can dramatically lower your risk of dealing with a dental emergency and the expenses that come with treating it. Visiting your dentist regularly helps them spot factors, habits, or developing issues that may be putting your smile at a higher risk of damage or infection. Even if you think your teeth and gums are fine, a checkup can help you avoid an expensive dental emergency in the future.
4.) Spend Less on Overall Healthcare Costs
The health of your mouth influences the rest of your wellbeing in noticeable ways. For instance, experts have connected poor oral health with a higher risk of systemic conditions such as diabetes, respiratory infections, memory loss, arthritis, and heart disease. In fact, recent studies report that those with healthier teeth and gums tend to spend less on cardiovascular care costs than those with unhealthy smiles.
Two simple dental checkups each year can save you a tremendous amount of time and money in the long run. If you’re concerned about the cost of caring for your oral health, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist about which dental insurance they accept and what financing options or savings plans are available.
About the Practice
At Premier Care Dental, we believe that optimal oral health should be an achievable, affordable goal for all the families of Medford and the surrounding communities. We always go above and beyond to help our patients maximize their dental insurance benefits, and are always happy to file claims and handle paperwork on their behalf. In addition, we’re proud to offer financing options through both CareCredit and Proceed Finance, as well as our own in-office dental savings plan. Feel free to contact us today via our website or at (541) 200-6747 to see just how affordable maintaining your oral health can be.