Don’t Delay Your Dental Care Due to the Cost

In Australia, dental care is treated quite differently to care regarding other parts of the body with around 58% of dental costs paid for directly from a patient’s wallet, compared to 11% for medical primary care, and 12% for prescriptions. The large out-of-pocket costs associated with dental care has resulted in millions of Australians deferring or missing out on dental care each year. Dr Tony Heilberg’s is the bayside family dental practice trusted by families from all over Melbourne. Dentists recommend that we have dental check-ups every 6 to 12 months, read on to see why you should not delay your regular routine dental check-up.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

By getting treatment sooner rather than later, its likely patients will avoid bigger, more expensive and possibly painful dental problems. If diagnosed early, many dental issues can be quickly and affordably treated with planning. Preventive care is generally far less expensive than more advanced treatment procedures such as periodontal treatment, root canals, crowns and implants. In fact, research has shown that the cost of managing and treating advanced dental disease could be 10 times the cost of preventive dental care.

Oral Disease Can Affect Your Overall Health and Wellbeing

Many studies have shown an association between periodontal disease and a wide range of other serious health problems including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health system, and by taking care of your teeth and gums on a regular basis the greater the chances of better overall physical health and wellbeing.

Regular Check-Ups Will Save You Money in the Long Term

While dental check-ups may leave you a little out of pocket even if you have private health insurance, it’s a small price to pay to ensure your smile is in good shape and not in need of any major procedures or treatments. During a dental check-up, Dr Heilberg will check for cavities, any cleaning issues, periodontal disease and the soft tissues will be examined for more serious conditions such as oral cancers. X-rays might be taken to detect cavities between your teeth (not visible to the naked eye) and your gums will be checked. Your check-up will also include a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face and neck to look for any signs of trouble such as swelling and redness or perhaps jaw joint related problems.

Your teeth will then be cleaned. Even the best at-home brushing and flossing cannot sufficiently remove tartar and stubborn build-up and Dr Heilberg will thoroughly clean your mouth and assist in fine tuning your home care for you.

Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Is the cost of dental treatment a concern for you? If you have put off your routine check-ups or treatment because you can’t afford it, Dr Tony Heilberg’s Dental Practice offer affordable dental treatment plans to suit individual needs and budgets. Don’t delay your oral healthcare, make an appointment with our team today. Contact us online at or call (03) 9583 2233.