We have an essential problem when it comes to visiting the dentist. Most of us think of visits to the dentist as an expense, but they’re not, they’re an investment. Visiting the dentist is an investment that can save you money in many ways. Here are just a few.
Your oral health is an essential part of your overall health. If you are not maintaining it, the rest of your body suffers as well, and that shows up in your annual health bills. A recent study by insurance companies showed that treating gum disease could save thousands of dollars in costs for people with other conditions, such as pregnancy, heart disease, and diabetes. Pregnant women saw their costs decrease by a full 74% if they got treatment for their gum disease.
Treating gum disease also reduced the risk of hospitalization.
If you are looking for a job, nothing is a better introduction than a great smile. Even if you have a stellar resume, people are more likely to hire you if you have a healthier and more attractive smile. In fact, a lack of dental care is a major factor keeping people unemployed. Reconstructive dentistry can restore damage to your teeth and give you a hirable smile.
It’s not just an employer who is going to be gauging your smile. A potential date or friend is going to judge you partly on the appearance of your smile.
And it’s not just the appearance of your teeth. Bad breath is usually related to poor oral health, and it’s a the biggest turn-off on a first date.
Professional benefits of healthy teeth don’t end once you land a job. If you want to be able to work, you need to stay healthy, and that includes healthy teeth. Americans lose over 164 million hours of work a year because of oral health problems.
We have the same problem with time investment for preventive care as we do for money. You might think you are saving time by not making dental appointments, until you end up being unable to work because of the pain of an infected tooth, and then lose more time because of a root canal.
And what’s more disruptive of your work schedule: a one hour appointment at your convenience or a multi-hour emergency visit that can crop up unexpectedly?
A Great Investment
Dental care is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. It benefits your health, your job, and your personal life.