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DELAYING DENTAL CARE CAN COST YOU .. AND NOT ONLY MONEY

The national debate over health insurance largely overlooked dental coverage.  But many of the problems in the health care industry -- lack of access, high costs and poor health outcomes -- afflict dental coverage too.

With far fewer Americans having dental than medical insurance, and poor dental health being linked to adverse consequences, those who forgo  dental treatment could find themselves needing extensive treatment with considerable bills.

Around 40 percent of Americans lacked dental insurance at the end of 2012, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.  That's compared to 12.9 percent without health insurance, according to the latest figures from Gallup.  Those lacking coverage are far less likely to see a dentist -- both for regular preventative exams and treatment of acute pain and other problems.

Many Americans don't see the dentist unless something is wrong, and 56 percent of those without dental insurance skip preventive care altogether.

Even the most dedicated brusher and flosser can still have dental problems if they go years without seeing a professional.  These problems can build up over time and can lead to a dental emergency that could be costly.

"I've seen patients with excellent home dental care develop severe gum disease because their tartar had built up for years, causing gingivitis and gum disease," says Dr. Marshall Young, a dentist in Newport Beach, California.  "Also, patients that fail to come for regular checkups and cleanings can have decayed teeth that were at one time small, fixable issues."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 27 percent of U.S. adults ages 20 to 44 have untreated cavities.  Minor cavities can turn into major problems, and what would have required a filling can eventually require a root canal or extraction.  Young says regular exams can uncover small problems before they grow in both size and cost.

In addition to financial costs, there's pain, and often embarassment that comes with dental problems.  Few pains are as brutal as a toothache, and few imperfections make someone more self-conscious than missing teeth that show in their smile.

Lack of dental care not only impacts one's oral health.  Studies have linked poor dental health to a variety of health issues.

"There are clear links between gum disease and other systemic issues, such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease, to name a few," Young says, adding that a dental exam can also identify digestive and bone health problems.

Also, oral cancer, including cancers of the tongue, tonsils and gums, are often first identified in the dentist's chair.

Preventative care can be expensive, but it comes at a far lesser price than treatment after something goes wrong.

Please note that for our patients who do not have dental insurance, we offer an In-House Dental Plan with an annual fee that covers routine preventive visits. In addition, all other services are offered at reduced fees under the plan.  If you don't have access to dental insurance, please ask us about our In-House Dental Plan.

We hope you found this newsletter informative. If you have any questions about any of the material covered in this issue, please don't hesitate to call us at 410-730-2337.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The entire team at Columbia 100 Dental

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