Gallup recently conducted a phone survey asking American adults how often they had been to the dentist in the last 12 months. According to the results of the survey, 35% haven’t sat in a dentist chair in the past year.
That’s a huge amount of people not receiving dental care that, according to the American Dental Association, should be addressed at the very least, once a year.
After a careful analysis of the data Gallup provided, the findings revealed that socioeconomic conditions seem to play a big part in why people could not or did not see a dentist.
It’s not exactly a big shock to learn that people with less money would forego seeing a dentist due to the expense however, that being said, the question really ought to be, can you afford not to?
The Cost of Saving on Dental Checkups
The big problem here is that even minor dental issues can, and most likely will, over time lead to bigger problems in the future. These problems and complications are by no means just cosmetic, as even just tartar buildup or a small cavity can potentially have very detrimental effects on your overall health.
In fact, regular dental visits can be the key in early detection and treatment of some of the major, potentially fatal health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Even if you don’t think you can afford dental care, don’t just dismiss it offhand as being too expensive. Most dentists will do all they can to help you afford dental procedures, often working out payment plans and other options.
Do yourself a favor and carefully look over your budget. See if you can sacrifice something you really don’t need for something you absolutely shouldn’t go without. You may just decide to quit having so much of that overpriced coffee in the morning. Not to mention all that sugar and caffeine probably isn’t exactly doing wonders for your health and teeth anyway.
There very well could be quite a few things you could put on the back burner in order to afford yearly checkups, some of which could be bad for you anyway such as smoking.
The fact of the matter is, although times may be tough, looking into yearly dental visits and improving your overall health is never a bad investment.
Need to get in for an annual dental visit? Book an appointment with Dan Matthews at his Austin office today!