Focus on Prevention

In recent years, medical and dental professions have shifted their focus from simply treating diseases to focusing on preventing them by promoting healthy habits and early diagnosis through regular check-ups. Over the years, preventive care has saved patients thousands of dollars in treatment costs, reduced the number of missed days of work, and prevented much of the medical and dental pain that results from neglect and advanced disease. In addition, when diagnoses are made early and treatment is started as soon as possible, the treatment itself and recovery time is reduced by a significant amount.

The two major diseases associated with the mouth are cavities and gum disease. Untreated, each of these can lead to tooth loss and generalized loss of health due to infection that spreads to other areas of the body. Advanced gum disease has been linked to many other problems in our bodies, such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune disorders. In addition, oral cancer is very commonly missed during regular medical check-ups.

Dental professionals recommend regular care to prevent major issues from going unnoticed. In addition, most insurance companies will cover recall visits including exams and cleanings twice a year. When benefits are not utilized, they expire. As a result, future benefits may be reduced if patients consistently do not use their allowable benefits. By maintaining timely visits, you are improving your overall health. Utilizing your dental insurance benefits twice a year is a smart health and financial decision. Call our office today to schedule your check-up and cleaning!

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