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3 Things You Could Lose if You Skip The Dentist

By Caroline Jacobson on February 9, 2016 in Dental Health


Skipping the dentist could mean skipping out on other areas in your life.

You've just received the inevitable “Time for Your Checkup!” postcard in the mail. But why visit the dentist at least once a year? Or at all?

The biannual dental visit recommendation was designed with the “average person” in mind. Since its conception in the 18th century, dental professionals still favor this guideline. All it takes is 6 months to produce significant tartar buildup that cannot be removed by brushing alone.

Just because you (think you) can get away with it, doesn't mean you should forego your checkups. The longer you put off a cleaning, the bigger the potential dental issue. Skip the dentist and you risk missing out on these three things:

• A Tropical Vacation

Would you rather pay $100 to fill a cavity and book a yearend tropical trip—or—drop $1,000 to book a yearend root canal? Waiting to take care of small problems creates bigger (and more expensive) issues down the road. Dropping cash is frustrating, but spending hundreds always trumps thousands. And think of what you can do with your leftover cash! Grab your swimsuit, because the average cost of a root canal is $900—the same price of a round trip ticket to Fiji.

• A Health Diagnosis

Your mouth is a window to a bigger picture—your body and overall health. Fortunately, your dentist can screen for systemic diseases that affect the entire body. An simple oral screening can spot symptoms of dental disease, as well as signs of more serious health conditions.

• Your Teeth

Tooth loss in the United States is more serious than you may think. Adults lose an average of 7 permanent teeth in their lifetime, and 10% of seniors have ZERO teeth left. What are Americans missing (besides teeth)? States where people skip the dentist also have the highest number of toothless seniors, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In addition to practicing at-home brushing and flossing, pick up that postcard and stay on track with your check-ups! Don't skip the dentist and you won't miss out on a healthy smile—or any other perks!