In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to put off taking care of our oral health. We may think that a cleaning or check-up can wait, or that a minor toothache is nothing to worry about. But neglecting your oral health can lead to serious consequences, both for your teeth and your overall health.
Consequences That Affect Your Overall Health
The mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body and oral health issues can be an indication of larger health problems. One of the most common oral health issues is gum disease, which affects 46% of adults over the age of 29. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and has been linked to serious health issues such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. In addition to gum disease, neglecting your oral health can lead to cavities, which can range in cost from $100-$200 to treat, and can progress to more serious issues such as root canals, which can cost upwards of $2,000, and even dentures, which can cost between $3,000-$5,000.
Investing in your oral health now can save you a lot of money, pain, and time in the long run. Basic cleanings, which are free with most insurance plans and around $150 without insurance, can prevent gum disease and cavities, and catch potential issues early on before they become more serious and costly to treat. Regular check-ups can also help identify and treat any issues that may be developing. At Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, our providers use state-of-the-art technology such as 3D scanners and artificial intelligence to provide a more precise diagnosis, catch problems earlier, and help you understand your oral health condition and treatment options.
So, how can you invest in your oral health? First and foremost, it’s important to establish a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. It’s also important to limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and to quit smoking if you smoke.
In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, it’s also important to see a dentist and dental hygienist regularly. The American Dental Association recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. During these appointments, your dentist will be able to identify and treat any issues, as well as provide you with guidance on how to maintain optimal oral health.
Investing in your oral health is not only important for the health of your teeth and gums, but it can also have a significant impact on your overall well-being. Regular cleanings and check-ups can prevent serious issues from arising, saving you time and money in the long run. Maintaining good oral hygiene, limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and seeing a dentist regularly can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, and that your smile stays bright. With all the benefits of oral health, it’s definitely worth it to invest in your oral health today.