Millions of Americans don’t have dental insurance, and many Ohio employer plans have limited benefits. Some people who fail to get adequate dental care say “It’s too expensive.”
If you are really living below the poverty level, this excuse may be valid. But if you have an average income, you can probably shift your priorities to find money in your budget to invest in a healthy smile.
You have probably heard of the “Latte Factor” which refers to the surprising amount of money that adds up if you buy an expensive caffeinated beverage every morning. Even if you don’t drink coffee, you probably have a personal habit that costs a few dollars daily but adds up to hundreds of dollars a year. Soda pop, beer, an eight-dollar deli sandwich, a game of golf. How about personal grooming—manis, pedis, facials, and professional hair coloring. What about the dollars you spend for convenience—pizza delivery, ATM fees, heat-and-eat meals. How much do you spend on premium cable, video game rentals, full-price movies, and season tickets to sporting events?
If you have foregone dental exams, cleanings, and treatments because you think it’s too costly, I hope this Mark A. Miely DDS dental blog post has opened your eyes to purchases that may be far less important than a healthy smile. Remember, if you ignore dental problems, eventually they will require more extensive treatments. Filling a cavity is relatively inexpensive, a root canal costs more, and a dental implant is a major investment. What is a tooth worth? Every single one is priceless. And don’t forget that dental issues impact the health of your entire body.
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