Looking for ways to save money? One good way is to see your dentist in Ephrata for regular cleanings and checkups. The time and effort you invest can prevent serious (and seriously expensive) health problems in the future.
The True Costs of Ignoring Dental Care
If you own an automobile or a home, then you know what happens if you don’t give these important possessions the care they need. A poorly maintained automobiles can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere at the worst possible time. A neglected dwelling can develop roof leaks or foundation problems. When things like this happen, whose budget takes the hit? Yours does.
The same is true for your teeth and gums. Like your home and your automobile, they help you to not only get through life but enjoy yourself along the way, as when you partake of your favorite foods. But they also require a little loving care in order to do their job. Otherwise you could end up with problems like these:
- An agonizing toothache that not only robs you of sleep but forces you to pay for emergency dental care.
- Awkwardness and embarrassment in social and private situations. Missing teeth or diseased gums can turn you into a recluse when you’d rather be out having a good time.
- Ongoing costs for remedial care. For example, in many cases missing teeth can lead to jawline erosion, a serious and sometimes disfiguring condition which requires bone grafts and other expensive procedures to correct.
When you consider the risk you take by ignoring your oral health, it’s easy to see why keeping your dental appointments makes so much sense.
Can’t Afford Dental Care? Help Is Available
Some people put off going to the dentist because of the cost associated with routine care. This is understandable. The good news is that you have several options for managing the expense. These include:
- Private coverage. In many cases, these plans are far more affordable than you may think, especially when compared to traditional health insurance. You can check online for rates or ask your insurance agent for more information.
- Discounts for members of organizations like AARP. People who are 50 or older, are military veterans or who find themselves in other unique circumstances can often qualify for significant savings.
- Income-sensitive dental clinics. Many communities maintain weekend or after-hours clinics in which trained dentists provide basic care services for very little cost.
- Dental colleges. Dentists in training are happy to help people in their area. Care is provided either on-campus or in a local clinic and is closely supervised by experienced professionals.
- Public assistance programs. These are available for people who meet certain income or age-related qualifications. You may also qualify for help if you suffer from a disability. Contact a local social worker or community volunteer to find out more.
- Weekly or monthly payment plans. Many dentists provide convenient pay-as-you-go options for their patients. This is a great way to get cleanings, checkups, fillings and other essential services in a budget-friendly way.
Dental care is one of the best investments any person can make. So make an appointment to see your dentist soon. The benefits you’ll enjoy will have you smiling.
About the Author
Dr. Justin Ngo is a graduate of Temple University. He completed his internship at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital and is happy to be the latest member of our staff. You can reach his office online or by calling (717) 733-1088.