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Since the recession has left many individuals without dental insurance, Americans have been visiting the dentist more infrequently. In response to this, the Pennsylvania Dental Association has released a statement encouraging people to make oral care a priority, as it is connected to overall health, and ignoring it can result in costly procedures.
"When a patient is not seen at a regular three-month, four-month or six-month intervals, problems are left to progress, which leads to more expensive treatments such as crowns, root canals or periodontal surgeries," said Tamara Brady, D.D.S., a PDA member dentist in Exton.
A Gallup-Healthways survey of more than 170,000 Americans found that 35 percent had not visited a dentist in the past 12 months.
Brady added a few helpful tips for keeping teeth clean in-between dental visits. First, she said that sugary drinks should only be consumed with meals, and that water is the best drink or when a person is thirsty. Also, brush teeth with a soft toothbrush and a paste containing fluoride at least twice a day.
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