Don’t Let a Lack of Insurance Effect Your Teeth

There are plenty of reasons to avoid the dentist. There aren’t a whole lot of people out there who enjoy their regular dentist visits. They go because they want to keep their teeth healthy, and they grin (or say aww) and bear it.

On the flip side, many people will come up with all sorts of excuses to put off those semi-annual dental visits. They’re too busy. They forgot to book an appointment. They’re brushing often enough not to need it. They’re teeth seem fine.

All of these are bad excuses and are easily seen as such once they’re written down. But what about people who don’t have dental insurance? Isn’t that a fair excuse for avoiding the dentist?

After all, dental visits can get expensive, especially when you aren’t just going in for a cleaning. Filling cavities, doing root canals, and other intensive dental work can be expensive. Some point would rather deal with the pain as well as they can since they can’t afford the insurance and without the insurance, they can’t afford the procedures.

Even this is a poor excuse, of course. First of all, dental insurance is fairly cheap and easy to acquire. There are policies for as little as $10 a month in some places. While you want to be careful to get a policy that is both affordable and that covers everything you might need, it’s likely that policy exists in your area. Spending the time researching can help you avoid any of the harder decisions like dealing with pain versus feeling the pain in your pocket.

If you need dental care, even without insurance, it’s still recommended you go. Many dentists will help you with payments if you don’t have insurance. Find out beforehand how your local dentists will work with you, and go to the place that seems most accommodating.

Remember that your teeth are important to your overall health. Going to the dentist isn’t just about making sure you have a nice smile. Nor is it just about avoiding the pain of cavities. Having healthy teeth can protect you from all sorts of illnesses. Sometimes, bad teeth can even be responsible for serious illness or even life-threatening illnesses. Bacteria can get into the bloodstream through cuts in the mouth due to weak gums. The lungs can get infected by bacteria that hasn’t been cleaned from the mouth. There are all sorts of potential illnesses that could cause far more damage than a toothache.

So, no matter what your excuse, it’s time to get over it and start looking to book that next appointment. It may not be the most pleasant hour you spend this week, but it’s probably the one that is going to be the best thing to do. Afterward, you’ll know not just that your teeth are healthy, but that you’ve done a lot to keep the rest of your body healthy as well.