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Why You Should Seek Treatment for Your Dental Case!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people tend to visit the dentist less often as they age. For patients between the ages of two and 17, 84.7 percent went to the dentist in the past year. However, only 64 percent of patients aged 18 to 64 visited recently and those over 65 were even less likely, at 62.7 percent.

At the same time, the rate of dental caries (cavities) goes up as people age as well. Only 18.6 percent of patients aged 5 to 19 years old had untreated caries. The rate nearly doubles for patients between 20 and 44, at 31.6 percent. With these statistics in mind, it’s clear that less dental visits can put your oral health at risk, especially as you age. In this month’s newsletter, your dentist wanted to illustrate why restoring your teeth can make a big difference in your quality of life as well as your wallet.

The Health Benefits of Restoring Teeth

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Even if you don’t think you have large issues with your teeth now, it doesn’t mean that they won’t develop into something more serious later. For example, patients who have amalgam fillings may feel protected, but we’ve learned that amalgam can actually act as a wedge in your tooth, causing it to break apart more as you chew. Since tooth-colored fillings make use of composite resin, they dramatically reduce this occurrence. As a bonus, they can be blended to better match your teeth and improve your smile’s appearance.

Another great method of restoring teeth is through the use of dental crowns. When your dentist recommends a dental crown, it means that your current natural teeth is damaged, but not enough to extract entirely. It means there’s enough left to wear a simple dental crown, which will protect you from oral bacteria and inevitably infection, but only if you seek treatment!

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How Restoring Teeth Now is More Cost-Efficient

Many dentists push the practice of preventive care not just for the health reasons, but for financial reasons as well. It essentially prevents the need for more expensive, invasive, and dramatic treatments later. For example, if you get your damaged tooth treated with fillings or dental crowns now, it greatly reduces the risk of an infection developing inside your tooth.

Allowing your damaged tooth to worsen would only require you to eventually undergo a root canal. This will only come with:

  • Invasive surgical treatment
  • Uncomfortable aftercare
  • The need for a dental crown anyway
  • Higher dental care costs

What Preventive Care Can Do for You

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According to research conducted by Cigna on lowering treatment costs, researchers determined that every dollar spent on preventive care could save between $8 and $50 on restorative and emergency treatments. If you want to do your teeth, gums, and wallet a big favor, practicing preventive care is a great step in the right direction, even if you need restorative care already.

When you visit your dentist for routine visits, you can:

  • Avoid most dental issues
  • Remove plaque and bacteria from hard-to-reach areas
  • Get screened for other diseases that contain markers in the mouth
  • Replenish essential minerals that strengthen teeth through fluoride treatments

When it comes to maintaining your oral health for life, your dentist does everything they can to practice prevention first. The last thing they want is for you to deal with the effects of dental disease and pay higher costs when it could have been avoided.

For these reasons, we hope you’ll schedule time with Dr. Davis today to maintain your oral health and keep smiling! If you know a friend or family member who could also benefit from her restorative and preventive treatments, feel free to refer them to us!

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