So the “Time for Your Checkup!” postcard has hit your mailbox. But why visit the dentist twice a year? Or at all?
Just because you (think you) can get away with it doesn’t mean you should forego regular checkups. Skip the dentist and you risk missing out on these 3 things:
1. A Great Vacation
Would you rather pay $100 to fill a cavity and book a yearend trip to somewhere warm—or—drop $1,000 to book a yearend root canal? Waiting to take care of small problems creates bigger (and more expensive) issues down the road. Dropping cash is frustrating, but spending hundreds always trumps thousands.
2. A Health Diagnosis
Sun and sand aren’t the only things you risk missing. Your mouth is a window to the bigger picture—your body. Fortunately, your dentist has binoculars. He or she can spot symptoms of dental disease, as well as signs of more serious health conditions.
3. Your Teeth
Tooth loss in the United States is more serious than you may think. Adults lose an average of 7 permanent teeth, and 10% of seniors have ZERO teeth left. What are Americans missing (besides teeth)? States where people skip the dentist also have the highest number of toothless seniors, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Along with your regular dental checkups, remember to practice at-home brushing and flossing. Don’t skip the dentist and you won’t miss out on a healthy smile—or any other perks!