Millions of Americans don’t have dental insurance, and many Ontario employer plans have limited benefits. Some Cornwall people who fail to get adequate dental care say “It’s too expensive.”
If you are really living below poverty level, this excuse may be valid – but if you have an average income, you can probably shift your priorities to find money in your budget to invest in a healthy smile.
You have probably heard of the “Latte Factor” which refers to the surprising amount of money that adds up if you buy a caffeinated beverage every morning. Even if you don’t drink coffee or tea, you probably have a personal habit that costs a few dollars daily but adds up to hundreds of dollars a year. Soda pop, beer, eating out, a game of golf. How about personal grooming – manis, pedis, facials, and professional hair coloring. What about the money you spend for convenience – pizza delivery, ATM fees, heat-and-eat meals. How much do you spend on premium cable, video game rentals, full-price movies, and season tickets to Cornwall sporting events?
If you have foregone dental exams, cleanings and treatments because you think it’s too expensive, I hope this post has opened your eyes to purchases that may be far less critical than a healthy smile. Remember, if you ignore dental problems, eventually they will require more extensive treatments. Filling a cavity is relatively inexpensive, a root canal costs more, and a dental implant is a major investment. What is a tooth worth? Every single one is priceless. And don’t forget that dental troubles impact the well-being of your entire body.
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