Some patients may put off routine dental care out of financial concerns, but when you keep up with your regular appointments every six months, you actually may end up saving money by avoiding severe issues that require expensive treatments.
When your dentist sees you twice a year, it’s easier to keep tabs on any relatively minor changes and address them. For example, a patient may develop signs of early-stage gum disease from one visit to the next. This type of gum disease likely can be treated with a thorough professional cleaning, which is pretty affordable. However, if it progresses, it will require a more invasive – and expensive – intervention.
Eventually, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, which requires very costly solutions, such as dentures or dental implants.
The dental cleanings that you receive at these routine appointments can also save you money. They remove any bacteria and plaque that lingers on your teeth even after your own brushing and flossing routine. Without those cleanings, those bacteria can proliferate and they risk causing gum disease and tooth decay.
In some cases, regular visits to your dentist can even save your life through oral cancer screenings. The dentist will examine your entire oral cavity for thickenings, lumps, white patches or non-healing sores that could indicate a malignancy. When oral cancer is diagnosed early, before it has spread, the prognosis is good. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of cases are detected while they are contained to the oral cavity. Regular screenings can increase your chances of being in that percentage.
Of course, there are many other benefits that you get from visiting a dentist’s office every six months, including a more attractive smile and an opportunity to get expert advice on any concerns that you may have about your home oral care routine.
Our office accepts a wide variety of payments for check-ups and cleanings, including several insurances, cash and credit cards. Contact The Dental Place at 972-264-5795 to learn about your payment options and schedule an appointment.