A healthy mouth is not an incentive. It’s a priority. But very few people realize that, resulting in millions of dollars collectively lost in treatments every year. Despite advancement in treatments, there hasn’t been any increase in dental attendance. A 2014 survey says only 65.7% of Americans went to the dentist and hasn’t seen much improvement since.
I Brush – What’s the Big Deal?
If you brush, floss and gargle, what’s the use for a dentist, right? Ignorance is bliss, but not when it comes to your health.
Although it’s absolutely vital, there’s only so much your daily oral hygiene can do. There are oral conditions that brushing can only keep at bay but not treat, explains avongentledentist.com.
Leave it untreated, and you’ll be facing unnecessary consequences in the future, both physically and financially.
From Cavity to Fatality
Let’s say you have a cavity.
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It feels harmless enough, not to mention easily treatable. Still, you leave it alone and let it decay your tooth in the process. Treating dental decays only cost you $150 at average, but when the decay has set in, your $150 can balloon to $1000, when root canal therapy is necessary.
Money is not even the biggest problem here. Severe decay can lead to oral infection, characterized by abscess or pus in the tooth or gums. It increases your risk for serious, life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. At this point, your overall health is in serious jeopardy.
Granted it will take a long time for the decay to take a severe turn, it can still happen to anyone.
The Dentist’s Advice
Visit your dentist. As in all aspects of your body, dental prevention is better than cure. Something as simple as a check-up goes a long way to prevent serious diseases from setting in. The thing about health is that it needs your full, undivided attention. Another thing is that it’s the best investment you’ll ever make.