Are you one of the millions of Americans who don’t have dental insurance? This is a major contributing factor for so many people who don’t visit the dentist regularly. While there may be several reasons you don’t want to visit the dentist, i.e., fear, busyness, and cost, a lack of dental insurance shouldn’t be one of them!
Oral health care is a necessity for people of all backgrounds, ages, and life stages. It can actually save you from experiencing serious oral and overall health problems in the future.
Here are three reasons why a lack of dental insurance shouldn’t keep you from visiting the dentist regularly:
1. Better oral health
One obvious benefit to visiting the dentist regularly is obtaining and maintaining better oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages visit the dentist once every six months. Those who abide by this rule typically avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems that require expensive treatments.
Think about this: a regular dental visit, which usually consists of a cleaning, thorough exam, x-rays, and an oral cancer screening, can cost between $150 and $350. If you only needed two dental cleanings per year, you would only spend (on average) $500. That’s less than most people pay for insurance!
Neglecting to visit the dentist twice a year can cause serious oral health problems like persistent bad breath, toothaches, bleeding gums, dental sensitivity, and dry mouth. Many of these require extensive and expensive treatments. By visiting the dentist every six months, you could save thousands of dollars.
2. Better overall health
The mouth-body connection cannot be denied. When one suffers, the other is likely to suffer as well. This is especially true for patients who suffer from periodontal disease (or gum disease). This infection starts in the mouth, and, when left untreated, spreads inflammation through the bloodstream and into the rest of the body.
Gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature birth. It’s hard to put a price tag on good overall health. We’d say that avoiding these health issues is priceless!
3. Other payment options
Most dentists offer in-house financing and other payment options, like CareCredit®. These options provide patients with the ability to receive the immediate care they need, then pay later. With CareCredit, patients can pay off their treatment over a series of interest-free monthly payments.
Dentists care about their patients. Because of this, many are willing to work with each patient when it comes to dental care expenses. For example, they may offer an alternative treatment option that fits better in your budget and still solves the problem. Additionally, the office manager can work with you to figure out a practical and affordable payment option.
Dental Care Doesn’t Require Dental Insurance
People of all ages, and with or without insurance, should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam. Those who do this, typically have cavity- and gum-disease-free mouths that don’t require additional treatment.
So, think of it this way: Two dental cleanings and exams a year are about the same price as a dental insurance plan per year.
When oral health problems that do require treatment arise, the office manager will talk to you about expenses and payment options that work with your budget.
Duncan, OK Affordable Dentistry
At Chisholm Trail Smile Center, our aim is not to take your money, but to help you live a healthier and happier life through professional dental care. We work with patients to ensure they get the dental care they need.
Call our office today at (580) 255-4880 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Matthew L. Bridges.