All patients of every age are recommended to have regular dental exams. The exact frequency of these appointments will vary based on your individual needs, but most people can expect to be invited for an appointment at least every six months, so that the health and condition of their teeth and mouth can be monitored closely.
It can be tempting to ignore or overlook reminders to attend regular dental exams, particularly if you aren’t experiencing any unpleasant symptoms and you don’t feel that there are any problems with your teeth. After all, nobody wants to pay for an appointment that they don’t need. However, dental exams are an essential part of preventative healthcare, rather than simply being a way to react to a problem that’s already occurred. Many people are also surprised to learn that attending regular dental exams can also help you save money in the long term. Here’s how.
Dental exams pick up problems early
The main way in which regular dental exams can save you money is by detecting issues early. Many dental problems don’t cause symptoms right away, which means that your teeth or oral health could be in trouble before you even realize it. This means that if you don’t see your dentist regularly, by the time you do make an appointment, you could already need treatment.
Dental treatment costs can be expensive
Unsurprisingly, the cost of dental treatment can soon add up. A simple cavity filling can cost anywhere from $100 to $300, whereas if decay spreads and infects the root canal, you could be looking at a treatment cost upwards of $1,000. However, decay is something that can be picked up on at routine dental exams, with advice and support given to help you get on top of it and prevent it from getting any worse.
Tooth loss can have consequences
Some people leave it far too late to get help with their teeth, reaching a point where their teeth either fall out or require extraction. If you lose one or more teeth, not only will it affect the way that you look and your confidence, but it will also affect the function of your mouth, making it harder to eat and even speak. It’s possible to replace missing teeth, but again, this isn’t without considerable cost. A set of dentures regularly cost upwards of $3,000 per arch, while a single dental implant alone can cost in the region of $1,000.
Gum disease can cost you more than you think
Gum disease is just as common as decay and occurs when plaque spreads onto the gum tissue, causing inflammation and infection. The early symptoms of gum disease include red, bleeding gums, but since it doesn’t cause pain right away, these are often overlooked. Unfortunately, gum disease can have serious consequences for your health. Not only could it lead to gum infections, recession, and tooth loss, but it could even change the shape of your face since it can cause the jawbone to deteriorate.
Gum disease has also been linked to other chronic health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and more, all of which could result in expensive medical bills and ongoing treatment costs.
If you would like to know more about routine dental exams, or if you’d like more information about how they can help you to save money, call Boss Dental Care in Corpus Christi, Texas at 361-245-5400.