There is an old fear associated with dentists that involve every pointy and sharp instrument that you can imagine. Those that go to the dentist regularly know that there’s nothing to worry about, yet this fear persists and it cost people billions of dollars annually. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help people who are suffering from dental anxiety to get the dental care they need so they don’t end up part of this statistic.
Billions with a “B”
Yes you heard me correctly. That is billions of dollars, with a “b”. A recent study has shown that direct treatment costs due to dental diseases were estimated to be around $298 billion annually, and that is just the direct costs. Indirect costs, such as lost productivity and sick days were estimated to be $144 billion annually. That is a grand total of $442 billion dollars around the world. There is a simple solution to this, and it all begins with simply going to the dentist.
Preventative Medicine Can Save You
Imagine you have not been to the dentist in five years. You still regularly brush, and try to floss when you remember, but overall you feel like to take pretty good care of your teeth. Regular visits to the dentist are important because they can spot things that you cannot. Because you didn’t floss regularly, you now have some inflammation around the gums surrounding your molars, and it looks like it is the beginnings of gum disease. Catching issues like this early is important because if left unchecked, gum disease, which can be treated fairly simply in the early stages, can become periodontitis which is incurable and will ultimately lead to tooth loss, bone loss, as well as several expensive and invasive surgeries. This is not even mentioning other health issues that can arise from poor dental hygiene.
It’s Up to You
Ultimately the decision to see a dentist is up to you, but it is important to remember that going in for a quick check-up is always a better alternative to having to get dental implants. If it’s anxiety keeping you away, take the time to learn about sedation dentistry options that might help you overcome your fear.
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