Dentistry, it’s one of the wonders of the modern world, but let’s face it, none of us really enjoys spending money on keeping our teeth in good working order. Many people avoid the dentist because they do not want to shell out for check-ups that have the dentist saying everything is fine, or even worse, check-ups where the dentist says they need to spend more money on our teeth.
And yet, avoidance can eventually lead to even more time in the dentist’s chair, and money being spent on expensive remedial work. According to the Oral Health Foundation, people in the UK spend £550 million on their share of the NHS’s outlay of £2.25 billion on dentists’ bills. And that’s only for the really important stuff dentists do. All cosmetic work done by dentists is private, and you pay full whack for it.
Ironically, the best thing that you can do to avoid going to the dentist, is to go to the dentist. If you have the discipline to go for twice-yearly check-ups with a reputable dentist, such as those at Liverpool Smile Studio in Liverpool, you will know about problems before they escalate into crises. Dentists can spot problems, such as decay, long before you feel something is wrong in your mouth. And what could have been your dentist giving you a minor filling, could end up as the dentist having to charge you for root canal therapy, or an extraction. And an extraction can lead to dentures, or a dental implant. And have you seen how much one of those costs?
So, now that you’re convinced that twice-yearly check-ups can save you money, the next way to avoid the dentist is to practise good oral health care. This means brushing your teeth in the morning and before bed, or even better, after every meal or snack. You also need to floss between your teeth, and you can even use a mouthwash. These three actions will reduce the build-up of plaque, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you do all you can at home, you may not avoid the dentist, but you can avoid paying them a fortune for treatments.