You wake up one morning with a slight toothache. It doesn’t hurt too much and you’re able to use your mouth like you’d normally would. It’s nothing to worry about. Plus, money is tight. You don’t even want to spend the scarce amount you have for a routine dental check-up.
The problem doesn’t go away, in fact it gets worse. You miss work to visit your dentist. An abscessed tooth that needs to be extracted and replaced with an implant. By postponing dental treatment, you end up spending way more than what a regular dental check-up would have cost.
This debacle and effort to be frugal and save is a common occurrence that costs Americans millions of dollars each year. Not only are the costs more, but avoidable dental emergencies force many to miss work and school, taking additional hits to one’s budget.
Web Dental states alarming statistics on the rising trend of postponing needed dental care. It states that “one in three Americans are delaying visiting their dentists.” Of these, “nearly 80 percent of them do know that this decision will cost them an arm and a leg in the future. And, just one in 10 Americans know that seeking routine dental care is crucial for their overall health and wellbeing.”
This problem is worsened by the fact that “61 percent of workers making less than $35,000 don’t have dental insurance,” which indicates these individuals will less likely be willing to pay for the twice-yearly dental cleaning and exams that can help prevent their future dental issues.
As a result of the delayed dental treatment, these patients are more likely to go to the emergency room which automatically boosts the treatment costs by at least 10 percent. As of 2009, “there was a 21 percent increase in people visiting the emergency room due to dental-related issues.”
Besides the additional costs and lost wages, delayed dental care can also be costly for your overall health. Dental issues and complications, such as gum disease, are linked to other, serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature birth. These conditions involve additional medical costs, which can be substantial, that could be otherwise prevented. Some health problems may also lead to the worsening of your oral health conditions. Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis are some of the health conditions that can worsen your dental issue which can lead to additional costs and medical issues.
In the end, is it really worth it to postpone dental treatment? Chances are, they aren’t. You’re going to end up paying more, missing work and put yourself at a greater risk additional health issues and costs. At Hazzouri Dental, we know how important your dental health is. We provide the high-quality dental services including preventative, restorative dentistry services as well as cosmetic dental work you may need to head off your possible serious dental issues. Just like going to the doctor every year for an exam, a 6 month dental check-up is the best way to prevent future, serious dental problems and complications. Be sure to contact us today to set up a cleaning and routine dental exam appointment today.