My office hears this question all the time: “How much is a dental cleaning?”
It’s understandable to be concerned about the costs associated with dental health care. But, I wonder if we’re worrying about the short term costs while forgetting about long term health. Here at Morgan Hill Smiles, I’d like to change the way we view dentistry.
Prevention is Key
How much is a dental cleaning worth is a better question.
The truth is, while children are more susceptible to cavities, adults do get them as well and they are preventable.
Let’s talk about how dental decay becomes a cavity.
As we consume starches and sugars, they mix with the existing bacteria in our mouths. When left on the tooth, this sticky cocktail works to erode the enamel of the tooth. The very first sign of a cavity is a soft spot on the enamel of the tooth, usually in the margins or hard to reach places. There is still time to rebuild your enamel at this point; fluoride and diligent brushing can reverse the condition.
It’s true that our own saliva and healthy tooth enamel works to protect us from decay, but brushing, flossing, fluoride, and regular dental cleanings all work together to ensure a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
If left untreated, this decay, starts to eat a hole through the enamel into the dentin (soft inside) of the tooth. Once a hole has formed, it must be filled in order to save the integrity of the natural tooth. A tooth full of holes doesn’t stand a chance against all the chewing and movement of the mouth over the course of time…
The cost of not receiving regular dental cleanings could outweigh the price of a co-pay in the long run.
I understand that visiting the dentist may not be at the top of your list of favorite ways to spend your time (or money). But, maybe it’s time to rethink the motivation behind skipping your dental cleanings…
Don’t be a Stranger
We hope, you can start thinking of your dentist as someone who is on your team… someone that works with you to keep your smile as healthy as possible.
So, how much is a dental cleaning worth? It’s invaluable!
Visit our website to schedule an appointment today. We would love to see you and your family!
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