Do you avoid scheduling your routine dental and eye exams because you fear the cost or don’t have the time? Actually, routine oral and eye exams can save you money in the long run by reducing the risk of costly health conditions that may require more extensive (and expensive) medical care. Eye exams and dental checkups can spot a wide range of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer that can lead to pricier health care if gone unnoticed.
Why your wallet loves routine dental care
The purpose of receiving dental care on a regular basis is to detect health problems as soon as possible and reduce the risk of future costly treatment. For example, dentists can identify and stop a cavity in its early stages and protect the tooth from considerable damage. But, if left undetected, patients may need extensive treatment such as a root canal or a crown — which is much more expensive.
In fact, for every dollar spent on preventive services, patients can save $8 to $50 on more expensive procedures. The American Dental Association reports more than 2 million Americans go to hospital emergency rooms with dental problems every year — racking up bills far higher than the cost of similar procedures in a dentist’s office.
Once a tooth is damaged, its condition will only worsen. But by keeping up with routine cleanings, you can help avoid damage in the first place, potentially save thousands of dollars and enjoy a bright, healthy smile.
Why your wallet loves routine eye care
Did you know that eye doctors are often the first to detect signs of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and multiple sclerosis? That’s because optometrists have a clear view of the eyes’ blood vessels, where symptoms of these conditions may show up. Treating these diseases in their early stages is not only less expensive, it can prevent them from worsening.
Many people without vision problems assume because they see well, their overall eye health is fine. However, blinding eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy don’t have visible symptoms in the beginning stages.
By skipping annual eye exams, the chance to detect these conditions shrinks, increasing the chance of more costly health care down the road — or even worse, vision loss.
Ease the burden on your wallet and your health and get back in the routine of regular dental and eye checkups.