As you might know, times are tough in the current global economy. Due to rising inflation and interest rates, many people are trying to cut unnecessary spending— streaming services, restaurant eating, etc. However, don’t add your dentist in Dublin to this process. Rather than saving you money, doing so will cost you more in the long run. To find out why that’s the case, read on and learn how dental visits prevent oral issues and make care affordable.
Visits Keep Oral Problems at Bay
Sure, skipping a few dental visits might save you money at first. It’ll cost you more overall, though, by making severe oral problems likely. Such issues include the following:
Dental checkups are more than just teeth cleanings; they also fix staining. In particular, they use a special polish that breaks apart surface stains from foods and drinks. As a result, most checkups end with your smile noticeably whiter.
Giving up checkups will lead to more tooth stains. Furthermore, lack of care will give those stains time to become stubborn. Once that happens, your only solutions will be expensive treatments like teeth whitening, dental bonding, or veneers.
You’ll likely get gum disease if you go without a dentist. After all, 1 in 2 U.S. adults are already set to contract it in their lifetimes. This risk increases as you age, as roughly 70% of those 65 or older have gum disease.
Adding insult to injury, treating gum disease is pricier than preventing it. The latter only requires standard checkups, while the former involves high-cost services like gum grafts or even dental implants.
You might not know it, but dental checkups screen you for oral cancer (among other things). Indeed, they have a dentist examine your neck, mouth, throat, and oral tissues for said illness. By doing so, they catch this cancer (when it’s present) early enough to treat it with less costly procedures.
Without these screenings, you’re more likely to develop advanced oral cancer. As such, you’d end up paying more — both from your health and your wallet.
Dentists Make Care Affordable
Besides being cheaper than the alternative, regular dental care is affordable. In fact, you can ensure you get cost-effective care with things like:
- Dental Insurance: Many dentists accept various dental plans and providers.
- Savings Plans: Some dentists offer savings discounts. By paying a low monthly fee, patients can use them to get reduced prices on dental treatments.
- Flexible Financing: Many practices provide third-party financing options like CareCredit or Chase Health Advance. If you qualify, such groups will let you pay for treatment in monthly installments.
While you may cut out other expenses to protect your budget, don’t do the same with your dentist in Dublin. Instead, visit your local practice often — they’ll ensure your finances are safe!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck is a dentist based in Dublin, OH, having earned his DDS from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. His specialties are preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments, as well as dental emergencies. Thanks to his office’s insurance and flexible financing options, you can also count on him for affordable treatment. Dr. Buck currently practices at Distinctive Smiles and is reachable on his website or by phone at (614)-792-1800.