Today’s topic isn’t pretty, but unless you have $8,000 earmarked to treat periodontal disease, an ounce of good dental care could prevent a lot of pain — both dental and financial.

Periodontal disease is an infection that destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bones that hold the teeth in the jawbone and can destroy the bone itself. Bacteria gets caught between the teeth and also under the gums, forming a sticky substance called plaque, which hardens to form tartar.

Removing soft plaque from the gum margin around your teeth will toughen your gums and prevent disease. Here’s how:

A systematic routine of flossing and brushing is the only way to prevent periodontal disease.

Now, in terms of the cost of failing to prevent dental disease, let me scare you to death:


If you have gum disease with no bone damage — called gingivitis — scaling and root planing with follow-up appointments may cost upward of $1,800.


If there is bone damage — called periodontitis — that needs to be treated surgically, the surgical fee could tack on another $4,000 to $5,000 — up to $10,000, depending on the disease’s severity. If bone needs to be regrown (by various bone regenerating methods), it may cost you an additional $300 to $400 per tooth. Should you be fortunate enough to have all 32 of your pearly whites, well, you do the math.


A really cheap full set of removable dentures will run at least $8,000 — up to $18,000 for the kind you’ll prefer to wear.


Invest a little time and money in routine dental care to prevent gingivitis, periodontal and bone disease, teeth extractions and dentures so you can spend your money on something more enjoyable!



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