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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

The economy finally is bouncing back! Although we may not ever get back to what was considered “normal” before the bubble burst, things do seem to be getting better. Unfortunately, one of the many casualties of the economic crisis was dental health. As folks cut back, reeled in spending and held tight to their budgets, I saw elective dental procedures drop dramatically after 2008. But elective or not, these procedures have drastic effects on quality of life, and I am pleased to see that as the economy betters, people once again are considering their dental care a priority. Download PDF Version So how can you achieve the smile you want without breaking the bank? Get regular checkups every six months. One of the easiest ways to prevent the need for expensive procedures is to go for your dental check up and cleaning every six months. Why? Six months is pretty much the minimum time it takes for a cavity to develop to the point that it’s visible, either in the mouth or on an x-ray. So if we see you every six months, and you develop a cavity, we can now treat that cavity at a very early stage, with minimal discomfort and a very low price tag. Wait until you feel pain, and you’ll likely need a root canal and crown. Suddenly a procedure that should have cost a couple hundred dollars will cost a couple thousand. Understand your dental insurance. Dental insurance is like a helping hand, or a subsidy. It will partially pay for most procedures but it will never pay for the completion of treatment....