There are many reasons why people postpone dental care. Few of them are good reasons. And one of the most common reasons–cost–is actually a very bad reason to put off dental care.
Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t put off dental care because of the cost.
Your Health Is Worth It
Your health is very important, and there are few things more worth spending money on than keeping yourself healthy.
Some people may understand this intuitively for their overall health, but think they can let their dental health slide. This isn’t true: an unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy body. Poor oral health can contribute to future risks such as heart disease and cancer. Having healthy teeth and gums can help you live a longer life and reduce your risk of developing dementia.
Dental health is well worth the cost.
It Gets More Expensive
The worst thing about postponing dental care because of cost is that it costs more in the long run. If you put off dental work, you’re probably going to pay more for it when you do get treatment.
That’s because dental problems are progressive. If you need a filling today, in a few months you may need a dental crown. And if you need a dental crown now, you may soon need a root canal treatment. And if you need a root canal now, you may soon lose the tooth and need a denture or dental implant.
Not only that, but getting dental care today can save money in treating other health conditions, such as pregnancy complications, diabetes, heart attack, or stroke. The difference can be significant: several thousand dollars a year.
If you are really looking to save money, now’s the time to get your dental care.
Save Yourself Pain and Hassle
Dental treatment doesn’t just cost more money if you put it off: it can cost more in pain, time, and hassle.
Your tooth might not hurt now, but if you leave it untreated, it can start. And once it starts hurting, it probably won’t stop until you get treatment. How much is pain worth? It’s hard to say, exactly, but when you start feeling it, you’ll probably agree that it’s more than what you saved by not getting treatment.
And if you put off dental care, you’re probably going to find that it’s much more disruptive to your schedule. Some people put off dental care again and again until they just can’t anymore. The pain gets so great (or they experience other effects like nausea and fever) that they can’t work. And then you have no choice. No matter how inconvenient it is, you have to stop and get treatment for your condition.
And because you’ve put off care and now require more serious treatment, it takes much more time.
There Are Options to Help
But perhaps the best reason not to postpone treatment because of cost is that you don’t have to. If you think you can’t afford dental care, we can help. There are options to help you pay for your dental care. Dental insurance is one that people think of commonly, but if you don’t have insurance, there’s no worry. It may be cheaper overall to get care without dental insurance.
If you need help fitting dental care into your budget, we also offer financing options that can make it easier.
If you’re currently putting off dental care because of cost, let us help you. Please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment at the office of Dr. Nelson Clements in Valdosta, GA, and we can talk about options to help you afford the care you need.