December 2, 2022
Life is busy, and it can be difficult to make it to the dentist often. It can be tempting not to make a trip to the dentist until something is wrong, and even then, something has to be really wrong.
That said, making an effort to get to the dentist’s office can make a big difference in the quality of your oral health. Here are a few reasons why preventive dentistry is so important.
Prevention is Easier than Treatment
It’s considerably easier to stop a problem from forming than to fix it after it has started. Think about it: would you rather stop a plane from breaking, or fix it once it’s in the air?
Dentistry is the same way. Advanced gum disease, for example, is incurable—once it gets to a certain point, all you can do is prevent the infection from progressing.
Making frequent trips to the dentist will give them an opportunity to clean your teeth, preventing problems like gum disease from forming in the first place.
Preventive Care is Cheaper If You Have Insurance
Insurance companies know that it’s easiest to prevent issues, which is reflected in what they’re willing to pay for. Dental insurance is a little different than health insurance—usually dental insurance companies will cover a percentage of a visit, and the percentage varies depending on what it’s for.
Preventive treatments tend to be covered at a much higher percentage than restorative procedures, and some plans even cover 100% of the fees.
Cleanings Make You Feel Good
No matter how diligent you are with your dental hygiene, there are places that you can’t reach alone. Dental cleanings will remove plaque buildup from those areas of the mouth. This will not only help you prevent gum disease and bad breath, but it’ll make you feel great.
Having a clean mouth will make you happier and more confident than you would expect; if you make going to the dentist a habit, you’re sure to be pleased with the results.
About the Author
Dr. Jonathan Ross is a qualified periodontist who believes his work is all about looking toward the future. Every treatment he performs, from extractions to simple cleanings, is informed by the latest principles in oral medicine. Dr. Ross has earned dental degrees from both the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina.
If you have any questions about the importance of early detection in dentistry, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (440) 461-6008.
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