Smile Central Dental: 401 Old Newport Blvd., Suite 102 Newport Beach, CA 92663
What Happens When You Skip a Dental Cleaning?
The average person only visits their healthcare practitioner when they feel pain, or when something is wrong. This is easy to understand since most of us don’t want to go to the dentist or doctor when we feel healthy. But did you know that tooth decay remains a prevalent chronic disease and it is largely preventable?
What can happen when you skip your dental cleanings…
Cavities are tooth decay that are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health problems. If left untreated, the decay gets deeper and spreads over a larger area that can lead to tooth loss. The best protection against cavities is going to your regular dental cleanings and having good brushing and flossing habits.
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Gum disease is bacterial growth in your mouth that leads to tissue destruction that surrounds your teeth and can lead to tooth loss. The inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth to form pockets which collect debris and can become infected. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Up to 25% of adults over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth due to untreated oral disease!
Cost of Preventive Care vs.Treatment
Not having insurance (and increased costs of healthcare) is a significant barrier to oral health. But the cost of treatment vs. prevention is always more. Research shows for every dollar spent on preventive dental can save you an average of $8 to $50 down the line in reparative or restorative care. This means for every $150 spent on preventive care (6-month cleanings, yearly x-rays, & consults) could save you $1,200 to $7,500 down the line in restorative and emergency treatments!
Make sure you are taking advantage of your 6-month cleanings. This will save you time and money down-the-line.
Don't have insurance? No problem. Many people don't have dental insurance which is why we came up with a Smile Central Dental in-house benefits plan. Call today to find out more (949) 379-3245.