As most families try to fund the added expenses for summer getaways or fun outings, having this time precious together can also pose a strain on some budgets. To save up for these well-deserved indulgences, many people look at their spending throughout the year. They try to spend wisely and take steps to avoid incurring costs for things that could have been easily prevented, such as a cavity.

One of the biggest advantages of having regular dental check-ups is their ability to help you save money. These periodic visits give your smile a clean slate, which can help avoiding problems in the first place.

Too, spending just minutes each day on your at-home oral care combined with dental check ups and cleanings every six months can convert into a big savings. Through a thorough at-home oral care regimen, many problems can be prevented, which saves you in time and money for repairs.

During dental exams and cleanings, we have an opportunity to remove calculus. Calculus (also known as tartar) is a cement-hard form of oral bacteria that results from plaque accumulation. Once plaque forms into calculus, it attaches to teeth and can no longer be brushed or flossed away.

These hardened masses of oral bacteria thrive by eating away at gum tissues as they reproduce in your mouth. Because they reproduce so rapidly, gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) can easily evolve into full-blown periodontal disease, which is an infection.

While gingivitis causes tender gums to bleed when brushing, periodontal disease symptoms are more severe, including persistent bad breath, tender gums that bleed easily, gums that darken in color, receded gums, and pus pockets that form at the base of some teeth.

When this potent bacteria enters the bloodstream through tears in diseased gum tissues, it causes problems far beyond the mouth. It has been shown to trigger inflammatory reactions that can result in major health problems.

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S., with over 47 percent having some level of gum disease.  Research has also shown that oral health is intricately connected to overall health.

Studies have found links between the bacteria of periodontal (gum) disease and serious health conditions and diseases elsewhere in the body. To date, research has shown links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies, impotency and more.

Obviously, infectious oral bacteria is highly potent. Yet, they are actually easy to control with twice-daily brushing and daily flossing combined with regular dental checkups. To help minimize oral bacteria levels in the mouth, limit sugary snacks and either swish after eating or chew sugarless gum when brushing is inconvenient. This will you help to lower your risk for cavities and enjoy fresher breath!

Saving money is always a good goal. When money-saving steps are implemented, you can also improve your oral and overall health! Saving money by NOT needing cavities repaired and avoiding the need for gum therapy to treat infectious oral bacteria will give you much to smile about.

Start with a thorough examination and cleaning. This will help you maintain a healthy smile at home between visits. We also offer easy payment options for most treatments. Ask to speak with our Financial Coordinator during a no-cost consultation with our Doctors. To schedule, call 910-254-4555.


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