Practicing good oral hygiene, including regular oral exams in our office, can do more than give you a beautiful smile. It can also ensure you don’t contract tooth decay or gum disease and help you keep your teeth healthy as you get older.
As if that weren’t reason enough, good oral hygiene can be costly to not only your wallet but your overall health as well. Our oral surgeons have noted that a lack of oral prevention has led to a significant portion of patient’s problems and have outlined the ways that poor dental health can cost you.
Financial Impact Of Poor Dental Health
Neglecting your teeth can lead to tooth loss. Many Americans unfortunately wait until they feel pain to visit the dentist, and by then the conditions have progressed to an expensive medical procedure to repair. For example, replacing the teeth you lost can cost you anywhere from $2,500 – $7,000 just for one tooth. This is an avoidable expense. The choice to neglect your teeth today, could cost you thousands tomorrow.
Your mouth is a literal breeding ground of bacteria and not brushing and flossing on a regular basis can lead to not only missing teeth, but misaligned jawlines, crooked teeth and leave the remaining ones badly stained and even yellow. How does this cost you money? Think about how many customer centered jobs there are in the world, where you have to work face to face with customers. How will you even make it past the interview if you are too embarrassed to even smile?
In addition to these financial burdens, poor dental health plays a significant factor on your overall health as well. There are many serious and chronic illnesses associated with a lack of proper oral hygiene, including heart disease, diabetes and even stroke. If you need to speak to a dental professional about maintaining a healthy and happy smile, give us a call and we can get you scheduled for a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.