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Dental Checkups Aren’t Expensive—Neglect Is

February 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — katyfamilydentists @ 6:05 pm

One outstretched hand holding tooth model, another holding coinsIf your teeth look and feel fine, do you really need to get a regular dental checkup every six months? If you brush your teeth every day and even occasionally floss, it may seem silly to spend money on a preventive dental visit. Although skipping your biannual dental checkups and cleanings may feel like saving money, it could cost you a lot in the long run. Let’s take a look at how spending a little on preventive dentistry can save you a fortune in repairing your smile.

Spot and Stop Oral Health Issues Early

Go ahead and look at your mouth in the mirror. What’s that on your back molar?  Are your gums the right color? Is your tongue supposed to look like that? Most oral health conditions can develop without you seeing or feeling them until damage has already been caused, like:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Oral cancer and infections
  • Broken or cracked teeth.

With a dental checkup every six months, all these problems and more can be identified and treated as early as possible to minimize any damage to your smile or your wallet.

Protect Your Child’s Precious Smile

Baby teeth, or primary teeth, are much weaker than adult teeth. They need special care and attention to help the permanent teeth develop correctly. Specialized services like sealants and fluoride treatments keep those young smiles strong and cavity resistant as they grow. Holding off on taking your child to their checkups could mean paying for fillings, tooth repair, and extensive orthodontic treatment later.

Treat Unconscious Bad Habits

You could be hurting your teeth daily without even realizing it by:

  • Brushing your teeth with the wrong techniques or dental products.
  • Grinding your teeth as you sleep.
  • Unconsciously chewing on hard objects like fingernails or ice.

All these things can damage your enamel and leave your teeth susceptible to breaking or infection. Thankfully, your dentist can easily spot and alert you to these issues, as well as help you overcome them with over-the-counter recommendations or custom nightguards.

Save Money on Whitening Treatments

Why do you need professional cleanings if you brush your teeth at home? Well, when plaque accumulates, it can harden into a tough yellowish substance known as tartar, which can only be cleaned off by your dentist. As it sits on your teeth, the discoloration will become harder and harder to remove, until only professional whitening treatments or porcelain veneers can restore those dazzling pearly whites. A dental cleaning every six months will clear out any tartar and polish away any surface stains on your beautiful smile.

Remember, dental visits aren’t expensive—neglect is. If you’re concerned about the cost of protecting your smile, talk to your Katy dentist about maximizing your dental coverage, processing claims, and other financial options.

About the Practice

Katy Family Dentists of Katy, TX care about effectively and affordably caring for your smile. Our dedicated team and experienced dentists are focused on providing high quality, long-lasting dental work that will keep you looking and feeling great for years to come. If you want to take care of your oral health but are concerned about the cost, we would be happy to help you with affordable financing options. To learn more, feel free to contact us via our website or (281) 398-3432.

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