Cost-Saving Benefits of Preventative Kids Dentistry
By: Dr. Peter Markov, Pediatric Dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington VA
Our Arlington Pediatric Dentist weighs in on the cost-saving benefits of preventative dentistry. According to the American Dental Association, Americans spent a total of $124 billion on dental care. A vast majority of the money spent went towards expensive treatment that may have been avoidable with routine care and good oral hygiene habits. In other words, money could have been saved.
Preventative dentistry helps reduce the risk of developing problems in the future including gum disease, cavities, extractions, and other oral health problems. Early detection can detect cavities (or problems) and lead to much less invasive treatment - which is often much less expensive as well. Waiting until a tooth hurts or a child complains of pain is often too late.
What Makes Preventative Kids Dentistry Important?
It saves you time, money, and possible discomfort. Regular dental visits to our office allows us to screen, provide cleanings, and give oral hygiene instruction and tips on areas that may need a little extra help. This allows Dr. Peter to allow minimally invasive and conservative treatment. Screening and regular exams can also help detect conditions such as growth abnormalities, TMJ disorders, space loss, or orthodontic treatment needs.
Dental Cleaning and Exam
At our routine visits, dental cleanings allow us to remove tartar buildup before it contributes to gum disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US. Most dental insurances will cover quite a bit, if not all, of a routine dental exam and cleaning because health insurance providers understand that prevention and early treatment are far more cost effective than neglecting the teeth until there is a problem.
A commonly performed treatment we perform at VK Pediatric Dentistry is filling cavities. If caught early, the procedure can be minimally invasive and pain-free. A small cavity is affordable and much quicker than a large cavity where more treatment may be necessary.
Tips for Avoiding More Expensive Dental Procedures
Dentistry is not inherently expensive but neglecting teeth can be. Modern dentistry at VK Pediatric Dentistry can be fun, inexpensive, and a pain-free experience. Here are some steps to be proactive with you and your child's teeth:
Brush Twice a Day
Use a fluoride toothpaste
Eat a well balanced diet with high fiber and lower sugar intake
Schedule regular dental visits (every 6 months)
An apple a day keeps the doctor away is an old adage that speaks to the power of prevention. Our teeth are meant to last an entire lifetime if taken care of properly.
To schedule your next visit, contact us today or schedule online. We look forward to seeing you and your kids at your next dentist visit! Be proactive!
VK Pediatric Dentistry
5001 Lee Hwy, Arlington VA 22207