It’s no secret that having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis can decrease the risk of getting cavities or experiencing gum disease. It can also prevent general discomfort and even tooth loss. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, now is the time to schedule an exam so that you can prevent many common oral health issues that can negatively impact your quality of life. At Premier Dental Care, we are experts at preventative dental care and will ensure that your appointment is a positive experience where you remain comfortable during your dental exam and treatments.

The Facts About Preventative Care

Why is preventative dental care so important? Virtually everyone is at risk for tooth decay. In fact, it is the number one infectious disease among children in the United States. Additionally, NIH statistics show that 92 percent of adults ages 20 to 64 have had at least one cavity. Regular dental exams and cleanings can help reduce those odds.

We also know that there is a direct link between visiting the dentist regularly and maintaining your adult teeth as you age. A Gallup study found that in states like Connecticut, where 74 percent of the adult population visits the dentist regularly, complete adult tooth loss is very low – around 10 percent. However, in states where people don’t visit the dentist regularly, like West Virginia, complete tooth loss is incredibly high (up to 37 percent).

The facts paint a bleak picture for those who don’t visit the dentist on a regular basis. The good news, however, is that you can prevent cavities and tooth loss by simply scheduling preventative dental care appointments. To get started call our office at (202) 723-2400. Our friendly team will be happy to schedule an appointment for a time that works with your job and family schedule so that you can receive the care that you need.

It’s Your Time

According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 164 million work hours are missed every single year due to dental issues. If you don’t feel like you can spare an hour to visit the dentist for a regular checkup, imagine the hours missed when a small problem becomes a big one. Especially if you have a demanding job or a busy life with the kids, you don’t have time to be preoccupied with a dental emergency or severe toothache. The best way to prevent dental issues from creeping up is to brush and floss at home and to visit our office for preventative dental care. At Premier Dental Care, we will work within your schedule, making it easy for people throughout the 20012 area to schedule a dental appointment. A regular dental exam and teeth cleaning takes an hour or less so you can complete it on your lunch break, and we encourage you to take the time now so that you don’t have to spend more time dealing with an emergency later on.

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Preventative Dental Care Can Save You Money

In addition to helping you avoid a nasty toothache, preventative dental care can also save you time and money. At Premier Dental Care, we can treat your tooth decay or infected tooth, regardless of how severe the problem is, but it’s easier (and less painful) to identify the problem before it has the chance to spread and cause you a great deal of discomfort.

Preventative dental care makes financial sense. If you have a small cavity, for example, all that you will likely need is for the decayed portion to be removed and replaced to its original structure with a filling. But if you don’t receive regular dental care, you’re more likely to wait until the discomfort is so severe that you can’t stand it any longer. When the problem reaches that point, the decay or infection is likely to be so severe that a crown will be necessary.

Here’s the math: While the cost of every procedure depends on the extent of the work being done, a good rule of thumb is that a filling will cost around a third of what a crown will cost. So if you are looking to save money, catching a cavity early will provide a significant savings. Given the higher cost, you could have three fillings for the price of one crown.

Another way that preventative dental care can save you money is by preventing tooth loss. Gum disease is among the leading causes of tooth loss among adults, and it happens when plaque and bacteria that are left on your gums and teeth become trapped underneath the gum tissue. Over time, this can cause them to swell and bleed. During regular dental appointments, however, we can identify early signs of gum disease and perform a deep cleaning if necessary.

Once the plaque and bacteria have been removed, your gums should return to good health. But if gum disease is left untreated, your gums can start to recede, and pockets can be created in the gum tissue. Your teeth can become exposed and eventually fall out, forcing you to either live with a missing tooth or replace it using dentures, a dental bridge or a dental implant.

All of these solutions are effective and can restore your smile, but they will cost you significantly more money than what you would spend on a simple teeth cleaning and dental exam. The cost “comparison” is truly no comparison at all. So if you are budget conscious, having your teeth regularly cleaned should be a top priority. At Premier Dental Care, we can work with you to create a plan for preventative dental care and address any current health issues that you have so that your dental work is affordable. If you live in the 20012 area, don’t delay in scheduling your dental exam. Call (202) 723-2400 today.

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