How Keeping Your Oral Health Pristine Helps You Stay on Budget
Posted on 12/7/2020 by City Smiles DC
Many dental health problems are easily prevented just by following a proper oral hygiene routine. By brushing your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, visiting our office for checkups every six months, and limiting the amount of sugar and acid in your diet, you will stay on track to prevent oral health problems such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Keeping your oral health in good shape is not only beneficial for your overall health, but for your wallet as well – read on to find out how.
Good Oral Health Now Prevents Costly Procedures Later
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in American adults, but it can be prevented by following proper oral hygiene practices. In fact, gum disease in its earliest stages can even be reversed when patients are diligent about their oral health care. When periodontal disease progresses to advanced stages, however, it needs to be treated with procedures such as root canals and gum graft surgeries, which can be costly. If gum disease progresses to the point that it results in tooth loss, restorative treatments for replacing teeth are often very expensive. For example, a single dental crown ranges in cost from 500 to upwards of 2,000 dollars, and a dental implant can cost thousands of dollars per tooth. For patients who have lost all or most of their teeth to decay or gum disease, a full mouth reconstruction can cost 30,000 dollars on the low end, and over 100,000 dollars on the high end.
Even if you lack dental insurance and skip your routine checkups in order to save money, you could be doing more harm than good by increasing the likelihood of needing expensive restorative care in the future. The Coalition on Oral Health estimates that every dollar spent on preventative oral healthcare can save you up to 50 dollars in restorative care. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.