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Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.
The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.
There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.
Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.
The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.
Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.
For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.
The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.
Is it time for your child's first dental visit? Tamara Simons, DDS, who practices children's dentistry in Roseville, MN explains when you should schedule that first appointment and shares information on the importance of early dental care.
The earlier the better
Early dental care is the key to protecting and preserving your child's oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you take your child to the dentist within six months after the first tooth appears or at 12 months of age at the latest.
Why early visits are so important
Early dental visits can benefit your child in several ways, including:
- Identification of Cavities: Young children aren't immune from developing cavities. When you take your child to the dentist every six months, cavities can be identified and treated before they can spread or cause significant damage to your child's teeth. Severe tooth decay can lead to tooth loss in young children. Unfortunately, the premature loss of primary teeth can affect your child's secondary teeth. If nearby teeth drift into the gap left by the missing tooth, there won't be enough room for the secondary tooth. Regular dental visits allow for prompt treatment of cavities and prevent this problem.
- Better Oral Hygiene: During regular visits, your dentist will show your child the proper ways to brush and floss, reinforcing the habits you've taught them at home. She can also offer advice that will make brushing a more pleasant experience for you and your child.
- A Positive Relationship with the Dentist: Dental visits can be scary for young children. When visits to your Roseville, MN, dentist starts at a young age, going to the dentist becomes an expected part of your child's routine, which can help your son or daughter feel more comfortable. Your child's dentist will take the time to make those visits fun and stress-free.
Regular dental visits help your child maintain good oral health. Call Tamara Simons, DDS, who practices children's dentistry in Roseville, MN, at (651) 489-1900 to schedule your child's appointment.