Regular Dental Checkups Make Economic Sense

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS of regular dental checkups? Some people may think of routine exams and cleanings as an expense. But, in reality, studies show that this type of preventive care SAVES you money over time by helping you avoid far more serious (and expensive) treatment.

We know the value of regular, simple oil changes for our vehicles, right? This tiny expense can help our vehicle run smoothly years longer than it would otherwise—AND help us avoid costly major repairs.

Dr. Lee and Dr. Barber can help make it possible for you, your loved ones, and your friends to keep your teeth for lifetime—a huge benefit that generations past could not enjoy. Our grandparents and great grandparents assumed that they would have false teeth (or NO teeth) when they reached their sixties. But today, the key to keeping your teeth for life is regular maintenance. It takes a tiny bit of preventive care.

Typically, a six-month checkup will include:

  • Checking for Gum Disease – Gum disease is the #1 reason people lose teeth. Drs. Lee and Barber call it a “quiet destroyer”, as it progresses slowly causing inflammation and regression in your jawbone that supports your teeth. Without checkups, by the time you notice something wrong it may be too late.
  • Examining Your Bite – Your bite should be checked to be sure that teeth are in harmony with each other. An unbalanced bite can not only damage your teeth, but also wear on your joints and cause arthritic problems.
  • Your Breath – Yes, we know. It’s not a subject we like to talk about. Problem is, many people are unaware they have bad breath. And plaque (not what you eat) is the most common cause of this condition. Our team can help.
  • Looking for Tooth Decay – The more dental restoration that’s been done in the past on a specific tooth, the more attention it will need over time. Old fillings and root canal treatments need more frequent examination and x-rays than untouched teeth. Even the very best fillings can have a limited life. If there’s microscopic space between the tooth structure and the filling it can result in decay. Catch this early to avoid losing the tooth.
  • Changes in Soft Tissue – Checking for signs of oral cancer is a huge part of your routine checkup. Did you know, according to the oral cancer foundation, that the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma)? The death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered so late in its development. Don’t take the risk… Especially when Drs. Lee’s and Barber’s trained eyes can so easily help through early detection.

Six-Monthly Checkups Can Help Save You Time, Money, Discomfort, Hassle (and teeth). Period.

Don’t wait until something hurts to think about your teeth. Visit with Dr. Lee, Dr. Barber, and their capable team. Your mom was right—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Spending a little time with us here at Rivercrest Dental not only makes sense for your health and appearance, but also for your bank account.

We look forward to your next visit! Call us at 830-625-7633.

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