Why Dental Care?

There is an increasing evidence on the relationship between dental/oral health and overall health. People
suffering from gum disease, a common chronic oral inflammation, for example, have a higher chance of
developing diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. On the other hand, patients with diabetes have a high
incidence of developing gum disease.

Traditionally, dental health is often overlooked by most, if not all people who consider it not as a health
issue. Many people would not seek regular dental care as necessary health maintenance until tooth pain
occurs. At this point, major work such as root canal and crowns, two costly procedures, are necessary
to save and restore normal function of a tooth.

                        Consequences of Delayed Maintenance

When you buy a new car which carries a warranty of say 10 years, you are required to follow a list of
regular maintenance services such as oil change every 3000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first.
Failure to do so will jeopardize the warranty, and worse, shorten the life of your new car. In the same
way, your teeth, with the exception of baby teeth, should have a LIFETIME warranty, provided that
you do a similarly scheduled maintenance for them once every 6 to 12 months! The sad truth is that
most people will follow instructions of a car dealer, but not that of a dentist.

As more and more people have limited medical insurance coverage, they delay dental maintenance and
treatment for minor ailments which will cause bigger and irreversible health hazards later. Despite
efforts by government programs and dental care advocates to make it easier for more people to access
dental service, there are still so many people, especially children of minorities, suffering from dental
diseases that should be easily prevented, due largely to the ignorance of themselves or their parents. Our
mission is to elevate dental and oral health in the general public, through education, prevention and clinic
intervention.

           How to Reduce Your Costs for Dental Care?

The easiest way is to brush and floss teeth after each meal or at least twice a day. Have your teeth
checked and cleaned by dental professionals at least once every six months to detect any small caries
and reduce the chances of gum disease. These basic preventive services are 100% covered by most
insurance plans such as premier, PPO, and some dental HMOs. Even if you do not have any insurance,
the actual cost for check-ups and cleaning is less than automobile maintenance costs in a year's period!
             
                                  
Work Together with Dentists

Make your appointment well in advance so that you will have flexibility to choose the time that is most
suitable to the busy schedules of the dentist as well as your own. In today's rapid-paced life style,
saving time is equivalent to saving money. Be prepared before going to the dentist's office: Gather your
personal information and medical/dental history along with your prescription medication if any. This is
especially important to those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular
diseases, and/or hypertension. Particular attention should be made by those who have the following
condition(s), prior to the scheduled visit:

A. High blood pressure: Measure your blood pressure and take any routine medicine to control your
blood pressure.

B. Heart disease: Bring your medical release form from your family doctor to show if there is any blood
thinning medication, such as aspirin, which may greatly affect the outcome of dental surgery.

C. Uncontrolled diabetes: Eat your normal breakfast or lunch prior to, and take your antibiotics about
one (1) hour before the visit.

D. Aspirin medication: If you take aspirin, an anticoagulant, as a routine medication for blood thinning
and/or stroke prevention, you need to wait for at least three (3) days to diminish the drug's effects.

And last but not the least, remember your follow-up visit to the dental office, to have your treatment
checked up. It is also a good idea to have routine check ups and/or cleaning to maintain your good oral
health.

For more information on dental health topics or information about our dental office, please text to: (760)
208-4858.
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