How to Save Money and Prevent Discomfort With Regular Dentist Checkups

Most people look forward to going to dentist checkups as much as they do getting a cancer screening. They fully expect it to be very uncomfortable. They put off going as long as possible. They say it costs too much to go when everything in their mouth feels fine.

But just like cancer screenings that cannot detect cancer unless you go regularly, a dental appointment put off too long will reveal hidden problems. Putting it off will always make things worse.

Your mouth can be very ill for a long time before you feel any pain. Problems caused by plaque, cavities and tooth grinding (bruxism) may go unnoticed until it is too late. Spending one hundred dollars on a professional evaluation and cleaning may sound expensive. Getting them regularly will actually save you money.

For example, let us say you have a little bit of plaque on one tooth. It is in the back and hard to get to so you do not normally brush it all that well. After a year or two, it starts to hurt.

You notice the aching tooth but, in the interests of saving money, apply topical pain reliever and take oral painkillers. By the time you finally concede to go to the dentist, you are faced with a nightmare. The infection in your tooth has now penetrated into the root. You will need a root canal and a crown. You need two appointments to repair the tooth. Your total bill will be several hundred dollars.

In addition to having your teeth slowly go bad over time, your mouth itself could develop debilitating problems. A small sore today could become a large cancerous lesion six months from now. Cancer spreads. The more time it has to spread before it is diagnosed, the worse your prognosis will be. After your cleaning, a dental professional will check your mouth for any potential problems.

You can save yourself hundreds of dollars and hours of dental work by being having your teeth regularly evaluated. Even if a problem is discovered in a routine screening, it can usually be easily fixed in only one follow up appointment.

Procedures on the teeth and in the mouth are nowhere near as painful or unpleasant as in years past. Topical analgesics, sleeping pills and rubber dams placed around teeth have vastly improved patient comfort. Patients no longer scream in agony or clutch the arms of dental chairs in a death grip while having procedures done.

Very few people look forward to dentist checkups. They may seem like an inconvenience and can feel like an expensive luxury to those who do not have insurance for them. You might not want to go if your mouth and teeth feel healthy. Problems with them are always cheaper and quicker to fix when they are small and painless. Waiting until you feel pain to see a professional will cost you more money. Going to visit him every six months will save time and cash and will prevent painful problems.

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