There’s a common misconception when it comes to routine exams and expenses.
Do you find that you avoid scheduling your routine dental and eye exams because you fear the cost or don’t have the time? Actually, routine oral and eye exams can save you money in the long run, by reducing the risk of costly health conditions that may require more extensive (and expensive) medical care. Eye exams and dental checkups can spot a wide range of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer that can lead to pricier healthcare if gone unnoticed.
Why your wallet loves routine dental care
The purpose of receiving dental care on a regular basis is to detect health problems as soon as possible and reduce the risk of future costly treatment. For example, dentists are able to identify and stop a cavity in its early stages and protect the tooth from considerable damage. But, if left undetected, patients may need extensive treatment like a root canal or a crown, which is more expensive.
Researchers have found that those who have regular dental care have lower healthcare expenses due to prevention and early detection:
- For every dollar spent on preventive services, $50 is saved on more expensive procedures.
- Americans can save $4 billion annually on dental problems with routine exams.
Once a tooth is damaged, its condition will only worsen, but by adhering to routine cleanings, you can help avoid damage in the first place, save thousands of dollars and enjoy a bright, healthy smile.
Why your wallet loves routine eye care
Did you know that eye doctors are often the first to detect indications of chronic systemic conditions like diabetes, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis? That’s because optometrists have a clear view of the eyes’ blood vessels, which are where they can see symptoms of these conditions. A recent study found that for patients with:
- High cholesterol, early detection happened 65 percent of the time
- Diabetes, early detection happened 20 percent of the time
- Hypertension, early detection happened 30 percent of the time
The savings reported from the patients were astounding:
- Early treatment for high cholesterol saved $1.7 billion.
- Early treatment for diabetes saved $827 million
- Early treatment for hypertension saved $2 billion.
Many people without vision problems associate their ability to see with their overall health. However, blinding eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, don’t have visible symptoms in the beginning stages.
By skipping annual eye exams, the chance to detect these conditions shrinks, increasing the chance of more costly healthcare down the road, or even worse—vision loss.
Ease the burden on your wallet and your health—get back in the routine today!
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