Many patients delay their oral care due to several factors. Almost 80% of Americans refuse to prioritize oral care due to costs. Above all the challenges in visiting a dentist, you should start investing in your oral health before it becomes a major health concern in the long run.
By neglecting regular dental visits, you are missing out on the following benefits:
Preserved natural teeth
The quality of our natural teeth is irreplaceable. It is the reason why dentists try their best to save your tooth when a patient has tooth decay or tooth abscess. With frequent visits to the dentist for preventive care, you are saving yourself from the complications associated with tooth loss.
Lower risk to develop chronic diseases
Your oral health is part of a bigger system, and conditions like tooth abscess and gum disease can escalate to a more serious health condition. Gum disease has been linked to several chronic diseases like:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart disease and stroke
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic kidney disease
Most chronic diseases are irreversible, like gum disease. By having routine teeth cleanings, you prevent plaque buildup from damaging your teeth and gums and keep gum disease at bay.
Lower dental costs
Preventive services are way more affordable than restorative dental services. That means keeping your teeth clean and healthy costs less than restoring your damaged teeth.
By keeping your teeth healthy, you can save around 92% on dental costs. Talk about savings and avoiding future headaches!
Early detection of diseases and cancers
Your mouth can give your dentist some hints on what is happening inside your body. Oral exams cover beyond the health of your teeth and gums and the connection of dental conditions to a possible undetected medical condition. Symptoms like bleeding and swelling gums are possible links to diabetes and heart disease.
Your dentist will refer you to your doctor if your oral exam results suggest that you have a possible medical condition causing your dental problems.
Improved teeth alignment and proper oral care habits
Family dentists encourage parents to bring their kids as early as they turn one for an oral exam. At an early age, dentists and parents can help prepare and monitor the child’s baby teeth in preparation for the proper alignment of their permanent teeth.
Regular dental visits also help patients acquire the proper oral care habits and learn how their oral care affects their overall health.
Most patients only realize the benefits of preventive dental care when they start having dental problems. Our team hopes you’re not one of them. Start a healthy oral care routine and visit your dentist regularly to save yourself from the pain and hassle of dealing with dental conditions.