5 Reasons You Should Stop Postponing Appointments
It’s not just our sense that people in Las Vegas are avoiding dental appointments: a recent survey showed that about 40% of people were putting off going to the dentist. The top reasons for postponing care were high out-of-pocket costs and anxiety about dental pain.
However, there are good reasons why you shouldn’t keep putting off dental care.
1. Dental Care Can Improve Your Health
We’ve talked before about how dental care is a powerful tool for improving your overall health. Protecting your oral health helps protect you from risks like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and more. This is largely because of gum disease bacteria. The bacteria can travel to your heart and either infect your heart or contribute to the buildup of arterial plaque that causes heart disease and can lead to stroke or heart failure. Gum disease also produces toxins that impact your body.
If you aren’t taking care of your oral health, you risk your overall health.
2. Dental Care Can Save You Time and Money
While concerns about the cost of care keep people away from the dentist more than anything else, the truth is that getting regular dental care is actually a great investment. It will likely save you money in the long run.
First, there’s the increased cost of dental procedures if you postpone care. We mentioned dental crowns and root canal therapy above. Both of these treatments are more expensive than a simple filling. Regular dental care lets your Las Vegas dentist detect problems that need treatment when they’re small and easy to remedy. This also saves you time: it’s faster to get a filling–or not need any additional treatment–than to sit through root canal therapy.
You won’t just save on dental care, either. Studies show that people with diabetes can save nearly $6000 if they get their gum disease treated. Other studies show annual savings for people at risk of stroke. They might save as much as $5500 a year by treating gum disease.
These savings are in part because treating gum disease can reduce your risk of hospitalization. You might reduce your risk of hospitalization by up to 40% by treating gum disease.
3. Financing Can Help with Costs
We understand that despite the overall savings, the initial cost of dental care might be a barrier to getting the dental care you want and need. That’s why we offer dental financing to help you address the initial cost of treatment.
Yes, financing costs, but there are many low-cost options, including zero-interest plans. This helps ensure that the cost of financing is much less than the savings you will enjoy from getting dental treatment now rather than waiting.
4. We Can Help You Overcome Anxiety
Dental anxiety has always kept people away from the dentist. Fortunately, Las Vegas dentist Dr. James B. Polley is a gentle, compassionate dentist who knows how to help people with dental anxiety. If even his gentle approach to dentistry isn’t enough to overcome your fears, we offer sedation dentistry to help you get and stay relaxed during your dental appointment.
5. Be Happy and Confident in Your Smile
Let’s not forget that one of your smile’s important functions is to help you make the best possible first impressions. When people meet you for the first time, it’s your smile that they’ll remember most.
You want to be confident in showing off your smile in every situation. Whether you’re meeting a client or going on a first date, you want to feel that you don’t have to hide your teeth when smiling, talking, eating, or drinking. You want the freedom to confidently be yourself.