The Real Cost of Not Going to the Dentist: Find Out What it Will Cost You
Have you been putting off a visit to the dentist? Do you need some motivation to get you there? We suggest that you come in for a dental checkup and cleaning as soon as possible. While it will take time out of your day, it can end up being an expensive proposition to avoid the dentist for too long. Read on to learn about some of the long-term costs of skipping a visit to the dentist and then reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to schedule an appointment.
Skipping the dentist is an invitation to cavities
It’s well know that not cleaning and flossing well enough can lead to cavities. That said, you may not know that brushing and flossing alone is often not enough. You must also work with your dentist to have your teeth professionally cleaned and exam. We have specialized tools that can get at your teeth more comprehensively, and that can more thoroughly clean your teeth, than you can do with your own toothbrush and toothpaste.
You could end up with gum disease
Everything we’ve pointed out about an increase in cavities is also true of gum disease. The best way to avoid periodontal disease is to get regular cleanings. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a long while, then you may find that you have some degree of gum disease. The good news is that there are many methods we can try to reduce or completely get rid of your gum disease. Remember that whatever needs to be done today, it will only get worse if you wait.
Skipping the dentist can cause physical pain
When you avoid going to the dentist for many years in a row, then you may end up having to deal with some pain. At the very least, expect for some discomfort. Why? Because it’s very likely that your gums have become inflamed in this time. Inflammation leads to sensitivity. Your dentist / hygienist is also going to have to work harder to get rid of the years of gunk on your teeth.
You should also not be surprised if skipping the dentist for years doesn’t end up resulting in a little bleeding. We’re not discussing a serious amount of blood, but it’s typical for gums to bleed if they’re inflamed and they get probed with dental instruments.
You’ll spend a lot more if you avoid dental exams
Whether or not you have dental insurance, a regular dental checkup is much more affordable than you may think – especially when you compare it to the cost of what you’ll have to pay for if you don’t go to the dentist. Regular checks and preventative treatments can save you a ton of money in the long run. For example, a cavity is a relatively minor procedure. If not done in time, then a root canal or surgical removal may be required. As you can imagine, neither is inexpensive.
The good news is that California Dental Group is here to help. Simply call us at (800) 407-0161 to set up your dental appointment.