Over the past twenty years, Dr. Alex Shvartsman has been watching patients make the same mistakes over and over again, usually to the detriment of both their health and their bank accounts. These errors in judgment are usually based around fear, misunderstanding, and the lack of knowledge about the true extent of their problems. Sadly, the long-term consequences of poor dental health care decisions – or lack thereof – can be devastating and crippling, both physically and emotionally.
By avoiding the three most common dental healthcare pitfalls, you will not only have a much better chance of keeping your natural teeth for a lifetime, you will also significantly reduce the cost of your dental care as well as your pain and suffering. Additionally, you will save time and avoid inconvenient dental emergencies such as before an important event or when you are on vacation.
1. Avoiding professional cleanings and exams.
Many people skip their professional dental cleaning and regular doctor exams in order to save money or because they “don’t have dental insurance”.
Here are the facts:
The vast majority of extracted teeth, root canals, crowns, bridges, dentures, and large fillings all begin with a teeny, tiny cavity. If a cavity is identified in its earliest stages using the advanced and minimally-invasive diagnostic technology at LI Center for Healthier Dentistry, it may be reversed or healed using a combination of modern and ancient cavity healing protocols. Slightly larger cavities may be treated with a laser, ozone, or a minimally-invasive, tooth-conserving filling. Fast diagnosis of these small, early cavities is the key to avoiding major tooth destruction, terrible pain, life-threatening infection, and expense in both money and time.
Nearly every tooth that has been extracted because of gum disease, bone loss, gum recession, or gum abscess, or has undergone extensive and expensive gum disease treatment, all began with Stage I gum disease. Stage I gum disease is 100% reversible if identified and treated early!
Allowing teeth, bone, and gums to deteriorate in order to save a few dollars during a cleaning is one of the worst health care decisions one can make. Dr. Alex Shvartsman has seen this all-too-common mistake lead to the destruction of countless teeth and the waste of tens-of-thousands of hard earned dollars.
You would not ignore cancer or let it get worse, would you? So why do the same for your teeth?
If you are someone who hates going to the dentist due to awful past experiences, avoiding treatment is arguably the worst thing you can do! What will actually happen is the exact thing you are trying to avoid: major tooth problems, pain, suffering, embarrassment, increased cost of treatment, more time in the dental chair, and compounded anxiety. Sadly, Dr. Alex Shvartsman has seen this time and time again.
Coming to LI Center for Healthier Dentistry on a regular basis for cleanliness and check-ups helps to avoid these problems!
DENTAL TIP#1: Preschedule your next dental cleaning before you leave the dental office!
2. Refusing dental X-rays.
Cost and radiation!
First, it is important to understand that X-rays are still the best way to identify small cavities that cannot be seen with the eye. There are also many other potential problems shown by dental X-rays that are worthwhile to know about, especially if keeping your teeth and staying healthy is your goal.
Radiation: Conventional dental X-rays are the lowest form of medical X-rays. Adversely, the worst digital dental X-rays have at least 90% less radiation than conventional film X-rays. Digital X-rays contain the best sensors, not only to show more detail, but also to allow the dentist to make better decisions about your treatment. LI Center for Healthier Dentistry uses even more advanced digital X-rays that have 99% less radiation than conventional dental X-rays!
Cost: If you truly cannot afford dental X-rays, it is important that you locate a dental school or residency program in your area. They can get your dental care done for significantly less. Taking away a doctor’s ability to rule out tooth decay, gum disease, infections, tumors, and a host of other problems will hurt you financially, dentally, and ruin your health.
3. Dragging out dental treatment.
The primary reason most people drag out dental treatment is because they think they cannot afford it. Not surprisingly, fear is a close second. Conventional wisdom dictates that you can afford things if you pace them out. While this may work when redoing a bathroom in your house, it is a disaster strategy when it comes to your dental health care.
Not having a proposed treatment done as quickly as possible leads to the same outcome as not knowing you have a dental health problem to begin with. Your pain, suffering, time wasted, cost, stress, and emotional anguish will all increase.
LI Center for Healthier Dentistry is a friendly, caring, compassionate, and gentle dental office that makes dentistry affordable through a variety of short and long-term payment plans, even if you have bad credit.
DENTAL TIP #2: Get your mouth healthy in the shortest time possible and move on with your life, having one less problem to worry about.
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