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Best oral health offense is a prevention defense

Apr 12, 2013

Why regular dental visits are important
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Do you remember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” If you Google it you'll see it attributed to Ben Franklin, but a history revisionist professor I know says ol’ Ben plagiarized it from Betsy Ross, author of A Stitch in Time Saves Nine. Or was it Flag Sewing for Dummies?

As my dental partner Felicia wrote about in last week’s post, some simple preventive steps taken at home can go a long way toward saving you money on unnecessary dental work: brushing regularly, flossing, and being conscious of what we put into the ol’ pie hole.

Today as we continue our April series on “Saving Money on Dental Coverage,” we want to discuss the importance of preventive dentistry and how regular dental visits can save you money on your long-term oral health. For instance, did you know the longer you go between dental exams, the more likely you are to pay a hefty price for being AWOL on your six-month dental visits?

You may be blessed with great teeth and dutifully brush and floss regularly. But months or years of soft drinks, sticky foods and candies we know to avoid but often don’t will take a toll on teeth. (If we could swap Gummi Bears for Polar Bears on the Endangered Species list, we would!)

And if your teeth have paid a hefty price, guess whose wallet takes the hit? If you answered Obamacare will cover your dental treatment you deserve 10 whacks with frozen dental floss and need to go stand in the corner until the end of this post.

Another reason why routine dental visits are important is because most dental conditions are painless in their early stages. If you put off visiting the dentist until the day pain shouts for your attention, it’s a good bet the necessary dental procedure will be more expensive than if it was treated earlier.

People need to heed their common sensory lights
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They may equip automobiles with warning lights but people have to rely on their common sense. Unfortunately, many of us often ignore our common sensory lights in favor of stomping down on our fun accelerators, all the while promising ourselves we'll drop in for a dental “tune-up” soon.

Finally, did you know that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? What does that have to do with preventive dentistry?

First, many dentists offer “light” oral cancer screens as part of the routine check-ups you should have every six months. Second, just under half of patients diagnosed with oral cancer live more than five years, or 35 dog years. (Dog years has nothing to do with my point but wanted to see if you are paying attention.)

Seriously, those aren't great odds, but the sooner oral cancer can be detected, the better the chance of surviving it.

Sexually-transmitted disease has increased by 225% in the last two decades and is a leading cause of oral cancer today among young people and non-smokers. Experts say that oral cancer originating from human papillomavirus (HPV) may one day exceed those cases stemming from tobacco use.

Bottom line: Even if you are a non-smoker and have good teeth, it’s a good idea to schedule a dental visit and have an oral cancer screening sooner rather than later.  In the words of the great Pacific Northwest philosopher Nike, “Just do it.”

Thanks for reading Agent Straight-Talk, and remember: “It only takes a split-second to smile, but to someone who needs one, it can last a lifetime.” Email us at

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