It’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day life, neglecting things like routine check-ups. Until, of course, a problem arises. An aching tooth requiring an immediate appointment can possibly require time off from work or even an unexpected trip to the Emergency Room.
We all know we should make time for routine dental exams. But if you need some motivation to pick up the phone, here are 5 reasons to schedule that appointment today.
1. 9 in 10 Adults Have Cavities. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 91% of adults ages 20-64 had cavities. Further, 1 in 4 adults had untreated tooth decay.
2. Complications with Diabetes. If you are one of nearly 30 million Americans reported to be suffering from diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association, you are also at risk of developing gum disease. Working with a dentist to develop and maintain good oral health practices could help you control your diabetes.
3. Early Detection of Oral Cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that 39,500 Americans are expected to get oral cancer in 2015. Your dentist’s chair is often the first place these cancers of the tongue, tonsils, and gums can be identified. Early detection and treatment are critical to survival.
4. Good Oral Health Means Good Overall Health. Studies continue to show that good oral health has correlations to reduced risk of diabetes, arthritis, stroke, and heart disease. In fact, the Surgeon General now reports on the state of Oral Health in America because of this.
5. Save Money. If the four previous health reasons aren’t concerning enough, then consider how much money you will save. If you don’t have dental insurance or qualify for free care at a clinic like HealthLink, you may be deterred by the out-of-pocket cost of a dental exam and cleaning. The median cost for a dental exam in the United States is currently $261, according to data from OKCopay. However, allowing problems to progress to the point of requiring a root canal could cost you between $700 and $900.
If you meet certain eligibility guidelines, you may qualify for free primary dental care at HealthLink Dental Clinic. To learn more about the patient requirements and how to schedule an appointment, visit www.healthlinkdental.org or call (215) 364-4247.
About the Contributor: Raquel Braemer is the Director of Institutional Advancement at HealthLink Dental Clinic and is responsible for the fundraising and public relations efforts of the organization. HealthLink is a free dental clinic for low wage-earning adults living in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. For more information, visit www.healthlinkdental.org or email Raquel at firstname.lastname@example.org