Nothing can replace the effectiveness of a regular cleaning
Especially not whitening strips, toothpastes or essential oils. Visiting your dentist for a cleaning twice a year can save you time, money and years of treatment down the road.
Spending a few hundred dollars on dental care up front may seem like a lot, especially if you don’t have insurance, but the money that you spend can save you thousands in the long run. Once diseases have progressed, treating them will be way more expensive than visiting a dentist twice a year.
What Happens If I Don’t Visit the Dentist Twice a Year?
There is not a rule that says that you have to visit the dentist twice a year, but if you value your oral health, you should consider it. Otherwise, you may end up like a recent patient who didn’t receive any preventative care for five years. They came in for a cleaning and left three hours later after having multiple fillings placed. This person has to come in every three months to treat nine areas of decay and severe gingivitis.
Unfortunately, it gets worse.
Not visiting the dentist for cleanings means that the probability of any sort of disease being detected is low. Gingivitis and periodontitis are two examples of that. While gingivitis is easily reversible with the proper interventions, it can quickly transform into periodontitis if left untreated. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, decreased nutritional intake, and serious disease in your body, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
How Can Visits to the Dentist Prevent Disease?
Your dentist and hygienists can detect problems before they advance to the point of no return. During your visit, any areas of potential disease are identified and you will be given advice on at-home treatments.
Your dental hygienist can provide you with treatments such as sealants and fluoride varnish, which are an inexpensive treatment option for tooth decay. This may prevent the need for restorative work.
How Much Does a Dental Visit Cost?
Continuing dental hygiene care appointments are relatively inexpensive compared to most treatments at the office. They typically range from $100 to $200 per visit. This is quite a difference from the thousands to tens of thousands that restorative treatments cost. In addition to the upfront cost, restorative treatments may cause you to have to take unpaid time off of work.
You wouldn’t put off taking your car being serviced regularly, so why should your oral health be any different? You only have one mouth, so taking the time to make sure that it’s functioning at its best is important. You deserve a healthy, clean mouth. Visit Dr. Andrea Stevens to make that happen.