We understand that you have many competing priorities for your money, and that sometimes you have more priorities than you do money. And when that happens, something has to be left undone.
If that’s the reason why you’ve been neglecting dental care in previous years, this year let us persuade you to make dental care a top priority in 2018. You won’t regret it. Here’s why.
Oral Health Is a Great Investment
When you pay for dental care, you probably notice the expense, but what you’re neglecting is the potential savings that you may see in the future. You’ll see savings because taking care of your dental health can dramatically reduce the cost of caring for other serious health conditions. Studies show that treating gum disease can reduce the cost of other conditions by thousands of dollars thanks to reduced hospitalizations and other types of invasive care.
Preventive dental care is also a great investment because it’s so much less expensive than reconstructive dentistry. Protecting your teeth is much cheaper than repairing them. So if you’re looking to stretch your healthcare dollars this year, then oral health may be the best place to start.
Oral Health Problems Can Be Dangerous
The reason why oral health reduces the cost of caring for other conditions is because poor oral health impacts every aspect of your overall health.
Gum disease is a chronic infection. If you had an infection on your hand that bled every day, you would want to get it treated, because you’d know that the consequences of that could be serious. The same is true of gum disease. Oral bacteria spread through your body, leading to secondary infections that can include your heart. They also lead to chronic stress on your immune system, which can contribute to autoimmune disorders, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Infected teeth can also be dangerous. Not only do they function as chronic infections with many similar effects, but they can be dangerous acute infections that can spread to your lungs, sinuses, and brain, turning fatal quickly.
Tooth Damage Is Irreversible
Injuries to most of your body can be healed. A cut in your skin will heal. A broken bone will knit back together. There will be a scar, but the tissues will heal. Our teeth heal, but very, very slowly, so that for practical purposes, once damage is done, it’s permanent.
That’s why preventive care is so important. We need to stop or slow damage to the point that the body’s natural healing mechanism can keep pace. Otherwise, your teeth will be permanently damaged.
It’s More Convenient
Going to the dentist can seem like a nuisance: your schedule is busy and you can’t take the time for a dental appointment. However, it’s a lot less convenient when a dental problem like an infected tooth stops you in your tracks and you have to drop everything to get it treated.
And that’s what will happen if you neglect your oral healthcare. It’s much better to make regular dental checkups when you choose than have a dental problem stop your schedule when it’s least convenient.
Healthy Teeth Are the Foundation of a Great Year
No matter what your goals are for this year, making sure you have a healthy, beautiful smile is a great place to start.
With healthy teeth, you’ll be able to eat healthy, sleep well, and smile with confidence. And if you’ve had gum disease and other health problems for a while, you’ll probably notice a boost in your energy now that you no longer have the disease sapping your body’s resources.
To learn more about the benefits of moving dental care to the top of your priority list, please call 201-343-4044 today for an appointment with a River Edge dentist at the River Edge Dental Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry, serving patients from across New Jersey.