You might think it’s common sense, but not everyone knows these 5 important things!
- If it hurts, you’ve waited too long.
Too many patients put off a checkup or treatment because “it doesn’t hurt”. What they don’t realize is that gum disease is a silent, painless, progressive teeth-killer that is also a source of chronic low-grade inflammation to the whole body! The longer you wait on tooth decay, the higher risk you run for higher-cost treatment for pain, such as a root canal.
- Plan your work and work your plan.
A plan that is laid out for you, highlighting priorities, is what you should expect from any dentist who is planning long-term treatment for you. Even if you can’t get it all done at once, you can get it done in order, according to time or budget, to ensure that you minimize extra costs from “patchwork” dentistry.
- Bad dentistry costs way more than good dentistry.
The old adage “You get what you pay for” is never more true than when it’s said about your health. People who shop for the cheapest dentist often find themselves at the mercy of inexperienced hands, or with a dentist who uses inferior materials and lab services, resulting in ill-fitting dental appliances or dentistry that fails to solve a problem or breaks down quickly.
- A good offense is the best defense.
The same way you maintain your vehicle should be the practice that you apply to your own health. Many patients finish large treatment plans and don’t understand the need for follow-up care and maintenance. Besides the obvious benefit of preventative care, periodic visits allow you and your dentist to stay focused on your comfort and overall health.
- The head bone’s connected to the neck bone.
Your mouth can mirror what may be going on in the rest of your body, and the oral/systemic link is a major topic of discussion in the medical research community. In fact, oral disease puts you at greater risk for other diseases in your heart, brain, liver and pancreas. On the other hand, good oral health is linked to a longer and healthier life.
Don’t let your oral health get away from you! Be sure to get in for your routine checkups, and avoid painful and costly problems later.