What’s the cost of avoiding the dentist?

Does the cost of dental work keep you from going to the dentist regularly? The real cost of skipping the dentist may be more than you think.

If you’re steering clear of visiting the dentist, you may be impacting more than your mouth. While poor oral health can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and the costs of treating them, your body may also be affected.

Oral health has direct ties to your overall health. Skipping regular dental visits could affect everything from your head to your heart. That means it’s doubly important to brush and floss every day and keep up with dentist appointments!

Check out the graphic below to learn more about the effect poor oral health can have on your body and related healthcare cost:

Financial cost of avoiding the dentist

If you’re worried about the cost of dental procedures, remember that preventive checkups are generally 100% covered with dental insurance. It costs more to avoid the dentist in the long run because the risk of developing more serious conditions increases the longer you wait.

Procedures such as a tooth canal, dental filling, and others are costly but necessary to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Regular appointments help prevent serious dental problems from forming.

Regular dental appointments keep your mouth and wallet happy

If you or someone you love is anxious about making that next dentist appointment, read up on our tips for easing anxiety.

If it’s the cost of a dentist appointment that keeps you from getting a cleaning, feel free to contact us today to review your Delta Dental coverage. It’s likely your benefits cover the cost of preventive treatment, like cleanings, more so than restorative treatments. That means it’s cheaper to keep your smile healthy than it is to deal with more costly and even more painful treatments for bigger problems!

*Updated May 2023