Dental Care Shouldn’t Be Linked To Household Income

Dental Care Shouldn’t Be Linked To Household Income

As a family dentist in West Linn, Dr. Matt Roane remains dedicated to providing patients with the best, most affordable dental care possible. In recent years, a growing amount of research has discovered links between an individual’s oral health and a number of chronic illnesses, including stroke, diabetes, dementia and heart disease. While the links between these diseases and an individual’s oral health are still being established by researchers, these preliminary results help to underscore just how important good oral health is to a lifetime of good overall health.

Unfortunately, despite the effect poor oral health can have on an individual’s health, many patients avoid visiting the dentist. In fact, the likelihood of someone scheduling a dental appointment depends directly on his or her household income, reports the findings of a new study.

Access To Dental Care

According to a survey of over 1,000 adults living in the U.S., patients living in households with a yearly income of less than $35,000 have a higher likelihood of receiving oral care from the emergency room or local urgent care center than a dentist when compared to patients with a higher yearly income. The results of this survey indicate that millions of Americans only seek out dental care when suffering from an oral emergency, such as a cracked tooth or broken filling. Patients who only seek out emergency dental care fail to receive the preventative care linked to regular checkups and cleanings, which only further increases their risk of poor oral health.

Unfortunately, emergency treatment centers don’t make for the ideal setting to receive dental care. The cost of care is often far higher than what patients could receive by visiting a family dentist in West Linn, while the standard of care is often far less than what’s available at an actual dental office. Emergency care centers often focus on getting patients in and out as quickly as possible without the same amount of attention being paid to patient comfort and communication. At Roane Family Dental, we work closely with patients to answer any questions they may have about treatment prior to starting any invasive procedure. Time to get to know patients just simply isn’t available at most emergency care centers.

Additionally, because the cost of care is far more expensive at emergency clinics, patients who seek out emergency care often fall deeper in debt, making it even more difficult for them to afford basic dental care.

Saving On The Cost Of Dental Care

By scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Roane, patients can actually save money over the long-term. Preventative care can help to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the two conditions that greatly increase your risk of suffering a dental emergency. Regular dental care helps to improve and maintain the current health of your teeth and gums, so you can avoid potentially costly dental treatments in the future.

Our staff at Roane Family Dental works with patients so they can better afford the dental care they deserve. Don’t neglect your oral health. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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