Do you find that no matter how much we insist you keep up with the dental care required for optimal oral health, you rarely seem to find yourself at our practice for essential visits? If so, we encourage you to consider a few excuses that you should stop using. Why? Well, because they are getting in the way of a healthy smile that will last and last.
Excuse #1: “My gums are bleeding, so I should probably stop flossing.”
If you floss and your gums bleed, either you are using way too much pressure or you haven’t flossed in a while. Remember that protecting your oral health with both brushing and flossing is essential. When bleeding gums occur, this is often a sign of gingivitis. Rather than relying on this as a way to avoid care, we encourage you to use this is a big red warning flag that you need to get serious about dental hygiene and to schedule time to see us immediately.
Excuse #2: “I don’t have time to visit the dentist.”
We would like you to consider how much time it takes to practice good preventive care. Now, consider how much time it requires for you to address significant oral health issues. By brushing and flossing at home and seeing us only two times a year for your visit (a checkup and cleaning), you will spend a lot less time at our practice than you might if you need to see us for fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, or periodontal therapy.
Excuse #3: “I will go once I have extra money.”
Do you need a restorative treatment to avoid losing your tooth but you are not financially prepared for the cost? Remember that we accept dental insurance and offer payment plans. While we fully understand that financial hardships can sometimes become a significant obstacle, we also want you to know we would love to speak with you about finding a way to help you afford the care you need.