This article suggests that maybe it can. The author brings up some very valid points about the lack of prevention in medical treatment.
Dentistry is all about prevention. Regular visits to see the hygienist can reduce the time you need to spend in the dentist's chair. Most of the new technology that we use in our office (digital x-rays, magnification, hi res photography) is geared toward finding problems when they are small so they can be taken care of before they get big.
Many of our patients have recently lost their dental benefits. I've heard from a lot of people that I won't be seeing them unless they have a problem. Although I understand where they're coming from I'm afraid this is an expensive way to go. Usually it's the noticeable dental problems that are the expensive ones! The least expensive services in our office (regular visits and exams) probably pay off the most by allowing us to find problems when they're small.
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