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Every $1 you spend on preventive dental carecould save you $8 to $50 in restorative and…

Maintaining optimal oral health not only gives beneficiaries a brighter, healthier smile, but may also help them fend off many potentially chronic diseases. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research indicates a link between periodontal disease and many serious health conditions.

Preventive appointments are invaluable in identifying dental problems which, if left undiagnosed and untreated, may become more serious and more costly to treat.

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Considering that oral health is linked to overall health, preventive dentistry is important to your overall well being. Oral diseases can interfere with eating, speaking, daily activities and self-esteem.

In children, severe decay can affect growth and development. Preventive dentistry can result in less extensive – and less expensive – treatment for any dental conditions that may develop, and help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.
[Updated January 2010]

The AAPD referred to in this article is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


Preventative dentistry for children has many benefits, according to the AAPD. Oral problems can inhibit eating and keep youngsters from getting proper nutrition. They can also interfere with speech. The AAPD warns that kids with painful dental problems like cavities may be unable to concentrate properly in school. They are at risk for low self-esteem if crooked or damaged teeth are visible. Early dental care prevents these negative effects. It also potentially saves money because uncorrected dental issues often cost more to fix later in life.

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