Life is hectic. And, when move along at such a fast pace we find ourselves neglecting our own self-care. A commonly forgotten area of self-care is both maintaining our dental hygiene at home in addition to following through with recommended dental check-ups.
Prioritizing Regular Visits to Your Dentist
There are many reasons why people fail to prioritize regular visits with their dentist, including:
- Financial hardship
- Lack of convenience
- Trust issues, and
- Anxiety about visiting the dentist
While it can take time to overcome fear of visiting the dentist’s office, to establish a trusting relationship with your dentist or even to find a dentist in proximity to your home or job, the cost of dental care should not stand in your way of continued oral health upkeep. Although dental procedures often get a bad rap in terms of costs, bi-annual visits to your dentist are a cost-effective means to uphold your dental health at a relatively low financial outlay.
Affordable Dental Care Can Minimize More Expensive Oral Complications Down the Road
While regular oral hygiene routines at home are a great first step towards a healthy mouth, regular professional cleanings at your dentist’s office are the best way to prevent the need for more extensive and costly dental procedures down the road.
It’s often too easy to make excuses about the dentist being too expensive, but what we often don’t consider is the astronomical price associated with dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, and root canals that can easily be avoided with regular visits to the dentist.
The staff at Westend Dental is happy to inspect any insurance policy to determine what a regular check-up at the dentist might cost for your out-of-pocket. Of course, if you don’t have dental insurance we can also provide cost estimates for many of our standard services so that there are no surprises. We think you’ll find that regular visits to the dentist are a whole lot more reasonable than what you might have thought!
Maintaining Healthy Oral Habits at Home
Before you make it in for your next dental check-up, here are three tips on how to make dental care more affordable for you and your family in the long run:
Create a Daily Routine for Oral Hygiene at Home
Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day is essential to remove the plaque that naturally forms in our mouths. Electric toothbrushes are ideal for removing bacterial plaque along with proper flossing in between the teeth.
Research and Compare Dental Insurance Providers
Often, you may receive dental insurance from your employer. If you are self-employed, however, there are a variety of dental insurance plans that can help to minimize the cost of dental check-ups.
Focus on Prevention
The most cost effective option in making dental care more affordable is the time you take out of your day to keep your mouth healthy. This will always be the cheapest option! Invest in an electric toothbrush and clean in between your teeth daily.