Oral Health Has Great Social and Economical Impact
Perhaps you’ve seen the recent DirecTV commercials touting the satellite provider’s superiority over cable. In the commercial, a consumer faces a simple dilemma, and that one tiny decision goes on to set the tone of their entire life, typically for the worse. The goofy advertisement ends with a warning: “Don’t (do this), switch to DirecTV.”
Of course, there is no guarantee one Internet, satellite or cable provider can change your life, but there are everyday decisions that certainly can affect us socially and economically. For example, issues with your oral health affect more than your smile or ability to chew properly. Your oral health can affect your bank account, your children’s education and even your productivity at work.
Studies have shown us that poor oral health care can lead to extended days off of work and school and cost families hundreds or thousands of dollars in additional medical bills. This hurts overall performance in the workforce and in the classroom. According to the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center, Americans lose 164 million hours of work each year to address oral health care problems.
Tooth decay is the most common disease in children, and parents spend more than $8 billion on their children’s dental treatments every year. As a result, children are taken out of school for treatment and miss about 51 million hours of instruction every year. Studies show that the missed instruction directly affects the children’s performance in school, which can later affect their career path and income.
Unlike the humorous DirecTV ad, we can actually make a direct link between your oral health and social and economical well-being. Luckily, there’s a way you can avoid missing days of work or school: Routinely brush and floss and visit our office for a checkup and cleaning twice a year.
Call us today to schedule your visit.