Dental Health Care and Prevention Programs Save You Money

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, May 13, 2011

Prevention is cost-effective. Following is an example of how dental health care and prevention programs could have saved one person money.

I just saw a 19-year-old female dental patient with an abscessed tooth.  The sad thing about this story is that I’d seen the same patient 2 years ago and told her then that she had a beautiful set of teeth, but 2 teeth needed fillings.  Since her last visit to my dental office, she has had no dental work done and has not seen any dental professionals, including me.

Sadly, both teeth now need root canals.  This very pretty 19-year-old will have to spend 10 times the amount of the 2 simple fillings from 2 years ago to restore the teeth today.  Or, she will lose both teeth.  Neither of these options would be necessary had she restored these teeth immediately, when first diagnosed. Remember, dentistry only gets more expensive when neglected.  Our office can work out a payment plan that works within your budget.  The economy is tough but it is not a time neglect your teeth.  Prevention and regular maintenance on most things, including teeth, is extremely cost effective.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, but they don’t take the place of brushing and other steps to prevent decay.  Here are some dental health care tips for you, and if you have children, help them with these as well, to teach them good habits for a lifetime of healthy teeth:

  • Brush and floss daily to remove bacteria and plaque and help keep the gums healthy.
  • See the dentist regularly. Checkups every 6 months help detect any problems early.
  • Get regular fluoride treatments. Along with fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated drinking water, fluoride treatments help protect the smooth surfaces of your child’s teeth from decay.
  • Eat a good diet. You and your child need plenty of protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Limiting foods that are high in sugar—such as soft drinks, cookies, and sweetened cereals—reduces the risk of tooth decay.

Let me say it again … Dental health care and prevention programs save you money!

Keep brushing and flossing,

Dr. Hood

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