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The Consequences of Postponing Dental Treatment

Man looking at his teeth in mirrorIf you’re experiencing a toothache that isn’t too painful, you may dismiss it as many people do. This is especially true if money is tight or you’re on a budget. However, when it comes to dental problems, they won’t go away on their own; in fact, they’ll only get worse! By the time you decide to visit the dentist, a simple cavity may have turned into a severe dental infection. This will cost you more money and pain in the long run. Instead of paying for a filling, you’ll have to pay for an extraction and a dental restoration or implant!

The above scenario is actually very common, and Americans are spending millions each year on dental procedures that could have been avoided. Dental emergencies will also cause you to miss work, causing even more of a financial strain.

The Importance of Seeing a Dentist

Below are a few facts about the consequences of postponing dental treatment:

  • One in three Americans has admitted to putting off a dental appointment
  • Of the one in three, 80% are aware that the decision to postpone treatment will cost more in the long run
  • Around 60% of people who make less than $35,000 a year do not have dental insurance, meaning they’re even less likely to visit the dentist for dental treatment 
  • Lastly, the instances of Americans visiting the ER for dental issues have risen over 20

In addition to the financial cost of postponing dental treatment, you may also be damaging your overall health as well. Untreated dental problems such as gum disease and periodontitis, are linked to serious health complications such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and premature births. In addition to the damage to your health, these diseases will also accrue additional medical costs that could otherwise have been prevented.

In the end, simply practicing good at-home oral hygiene and visiting your general dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam can help you avoid painful and expensive dental and overall health problems. To make your appointment here at Auburn Family Dental, please contact our Wichita, KS dental office today.

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