It is easy for us to get caught up in our day to day lives and time seems to simply slip by. If you are not paying attention, then issues that are not in the forefront can grow larger and larger until they are full-blown crises. For example, it is easy for us to push off going to the dentist. It may be hard to get time off of work, or you may not want to pay the deductible, but some things are more important than money, and your health is one of them.
There are a number of negative health conditions that are tied to poor dental hygiene, such as diabetes and heart disease. In a way it is a vicious cycle. Poor oral health can lead to a serious health condition, and if that health condition requires some kind of surgery for treatment, then poor oral health (especially tooth decay, infections, or gum disease) can lead to complications during surgery.
If finances are keeping you away from the dentist, you are doing yourself (and your wallet) much more harm than good. Not visiting your dentist regularly can actually lead to more complicated and expensive procedures because your teeth have not been professionally cleaned on a regular basis. What could have been a simple cleaning is now surgery for dental implants because you were trying to spend less money on something that is actually important.
A lot of people avoid dental checkups because they are afraid of the dentist. There are a number of different things you can try, such as therapy to help with dental anxiety. Many people opt for sedation dentistry which is a great way to make a trip to the dentist much more relaxing and less intimidating.
It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day short term plans that can dominate our lives. Oral health is one of those things that does not simply exist in the short term. The choices we make in regards to our teeth are carried with us for our entire lives. Make the right decision.