Prevention Reduces Dental Costs

Thursday, July 19th, 2012, 6:09 pm

For every dollar spent on prevention there is a four-dollar savings in dental treatment costs. I can’t think of many investments that can give you that kind of return on your money and improve your health at the same time.

Many people think that fear of the dentist is the reason most people avoid their regular check-ups but only 10% of people are so anxious that they avoid treatment. While most Americans do visit the dentist every year a significant number do not and many say it is because they lack dental insurance. Most people think dental insurance is just like their medical insurance – it isn’t. Most dental policies cover very little and have maximum annual coverage amounts that have not increased in the past 20 years.

Preventing oral health problems before they start can be a much better way to save your health care dollars. Basic prevention includes the usual brushing 2 times each day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day. A professional dental cleaning every six months can keep gums healthy and spot cavities when they are just beginning to form. Every time you get your teeth cleaned you are also receiving an oral cancer screening and many conditions that affect other systems in your body first show symptoms in your mouth.

Chronic health conditions such as diabetes are affected by poor oral health. Diabetic patients with gum disease have a harder time regulating their blood sugar which can lead to more expensive hospital stays. Heart disease and pregnancy problems have also been linked to oral health.

Preventing oral disease also means taking care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet, drink green tea, avoid sugar and sticky foods and get enough sleep so your immune system stays healthy. Prevent cavities by drinking fluoridated water instead of bottled water – evidence has shown that this can reduce the rate of cavities in high risk children by 40%.

Prevent even more cavities in children by investing in dental sealants. By sealing the biting surfaces of the molars we can reduce the number of cavities by more than 50%.

Learn as much as you can about the health of your smile and how oral disease can affect your overall health. Knowledge is an important part of prevention so feel free to ask any questions during your next visit.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment. Working together we can prevent many problems that may affect your smile.

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