You bring your car in for regular oil changes because you know that a proactive approach now costs less than a reactive approach later when you must pay for several repairs. It’s the same way with preventative dentistry. You might not want the minimal expense of coming in for a professional cleaning and check-up, but it beats paying the high cost of restorative dentistry later. This could include anything from needing a tooth extracted and replaced to dental fillings to requiring oral surgery to cope with ongoing pain.
It’s What You Do at Home That Matters the Most
If you’re looking to reduce your out-of-pocket cost for oral care, the best thing you can do is take great care of your teeth at home. This includes brushing them for a minimum of two minutes at least twice a day. When you establish a routine of toothbrushing first thing in the morning and last thing at night, it will become so automatic that you won’t have to think about it.
Flossing your teeth daily is also important. The floss gets between your teeth where it might be too tight for a toothbrush to reach and removes food particles before they turn into plaque. When plaque sits on your teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar and can be very difficult to remove. Keep in mind that cavities can form between teeth just as easily as they can on top of teeth. Since children naturally copy the behaviour of their parents, allowing your children to see you take good care of your teeth and teaching them to do the same will make a strong impression.
Limit Sugar to Preserve Oral Health
Sugar-filled treats might taste good, but they can wreak havoc on your body as well as your teeth. Sugar left on the teeth allows the bacteria in your mouth to eat away at their enamel and cause decay. We encourage you to limit your intake of candy, cookies, soda, fruit juice and any other snack or beverage with a high sugar concentration. This will set a good example for your children as well. They will grow up without the craving for sweet snacks when you limit them at home.
Why Preventative Dental Care is So Important
Most dental insurance companies pay for a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning twice a year because they understand the importance of this appointment. Not only do you receive professional cleaning of your teeth, but your dentist checks for undetected oral health issues as well. The longer you go without a diagnosis and treatment, the more it will cost when you do finally get help for your issue. Dental care can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
We highly encourage you to visit us at Brewery District Dental for preventative care twice a year. Please contact us if we haven’t seen you in six months or longer.