Serving areas of Bellevue, Newcastle, and Medina WA
A new year is about to begin, and evaluating your spending habits may be at the top of your resolutions list. When looking for ways to save money, you might not think that visiting the dentist is going to help you stick to your budget. But, by taking steps to prevent unintended dental costs, you could save money and use it toward a vacation, paying down debts, or stash it away in your savings account.
A pound of prevention far outweighs a pound of neglect when it comes to your oral care. By visiting your dentists in Newcastle at least twice per year for a checkup and cleaning, you could prevent many dental problems before they become significant issues.
Why do dentists stress the importance of preventative treatment?
When you visit Spektor Dental for regular checkups and cleanings, thorough dental exams and x-rays allow us to detect potential oral health problems. The overall goal of preventative dental care is to discover oral health problems before they become so big that they are difficult to treat or cause extensive damage to your teeth and gums.
Here are a couple of examples of common preventive treatments.
Cleanings and Exams
Routine checkups and cleanings help prevent cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. A dental cleaning involves removing tartar buildup that otherwise could lead to gum disease. Everyone gets tartar buildup, even if you are diligent about brushing and flossing your teeth every day. A professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove tartar buildup. Typically, dental insurance benefits cover up to two exams and cleanings per year, although we recommend that you check with your insurance to verify your benefits, or contact our business office for assistance.
In addition to regular cleanings, fillings involve removing decay, and preventing it from spreading. Ignoring a small cavity means that it eventually will become worse and lead to more extensive dental treatments or an extraction. While removing a tooth is sometimes necessary, it means you are faced with the option of replacing it. Dental bridges, partial dentures and dental implants are commonly recommended to replace missing teeth. However, these options cost much more than a small filling.
Tips to Avoid Expensive Dental Treatments
Neglecting your teeth and gums could lead to costly repairs. Spektor Dental wants to share with you a few key things you can do to help keep your smile healthy and bright, and keep your dental care costs to a minimum.
- Brush twice daily
- Floss a minimum of once per day
- Reduce sugar consumption
- Use fluoridated toothpaste
- Address dental problems immediately
- Visit Spektor Dental every six months for checkups and cleanings
- Schedule an appointment when you have dental pain
By following these oral health tips and taking a proactive approach to your dental care, you can save money in the long run by avoiding expensive dental treatments. Call Spektor Dental at (425) 454-1322 to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in Bellevue, near Newcastle and Medina.