Would you rather spend a small amount of money today to fix a small problem, or wait and spend a larger amount of money later to fix a bigger one? When it comes to taking care of their teeth and gums, many people put off getting care until small issues, such as cavities and gingivitis, spiral into larger concerns that they just can't ignore. Affordable dental care often seems out of the reach of many people.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UICCD) reports that there are three times as many people without dental insurance in the U.S. than there are people without medical insurance. One result of that is a high rate of emergency room visits for dental pain. The American Dental Association calculates that every year, 2 million people in the U.S. visit the ER because of a dental issue.
The good news is that preventive measures can reduce your dental costs in the long run and can help you protect your teeth and mouth for years to come. UICCD notes that every dollar you spend on protecting your smile and on preventive dental care can save you up to $50 that would otherwise be spent on emergency treatments or dental restorations.
What can you do to keep your dental care costs down? Here are a few affordable dental care tips.