It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Writer / Gary W. Weitzel
In the November 2021 issue of Carmel Magazine, Dr. Aaron Springhetti, founder of Springhetti Dentistry, explained how education, competition and attention to detail combine to help anyone become the best in any endeavor. As a 2020 Ironman World Championship competitor, Springhetti and his staff at Springhetti Dentistry are committed to treating and educating the Michigan Road corridor communities of Carmel, Village of WestClay and Zionsville about dental health, no matter how young or old. Dental health is not difficult. It’s a matter of habit and technique. Good habits and techniques encourage healthy teeth and gums as well as early diagnosis of problems. This results in better health, and reduced inconvenience and expense.
First Step – Education
Logic suggests that children should be taught from an early age the tenets of good dental hygiene. If only it were so easy! As parents, our children’s overall health is our responsibility. Therefore, we are responsible for teaching and supporting good habits until our children reach the age of majority. As they grow, their needs and situations change. Kids will eat sugary and acidic foods. They’re going to play, dance and sing, and some will compete in sports. After all, exercise, outdoor activities and mental acuity are essential for health and happiness. You’ll grow older and perhaps become lax in your own dental health regimen. Stay strong! Your hygiene habits will be reflected as your kids grow into adults. Remember that a family’s early commitment to brushing, flossing, and limiting sugary and acidic foods is the first step to good dental health. Developing a family’s good dental hygiene habits is what will sustain your mouth’s health throughout their life.
Preventive dentistry is a choice. It is easy to acknowledge that this choice is necessary, but it is just as easy to overlook it in our busy lives. Many families believe that twice-per-year dental care is just too expensive, or that a family needs dental insurance in order to develop the habit of healthy dental care – or that everything is OK, so why push their luck?
From an early age, parents choose to have regular dental cleaning and checkups. Twice per year is optimal for a healthy family member. As we age and if problems such as gum disease arise, more frequent visits will be necessary. Cleaning and checkup visits are surprisingly affordable. Because they are a feature in all insurance plans, plan members generally do not see the true cost of a checkup.
Again, preventive dentistry is a choice. Many family members will put off the following issues until the pain and/or inconvenience is too much to bear. Do not ignore these warning signs for your family:
- Pain in your teeth. This worsening discomfort may indicate a broken tooth, gum disease or a large cavity impacting the nerve.
- Sore muscles. Your face and jaw should not feel tender or tense.
- Snap, crackle or pop. Your jaw joints should not make any noise, click, pop or elicit pain. Your bite should be true and solid.
- Foul odors or a metallic taste in your mouth.
If anyone in your family notes any of these warning signs, contact your dentist immediately before your dental problems become worse.
Good Dental Hygiene – Necessary and Affordable
Choose Springhetti Dentistry!
Every patient receives an estimate of benefits for any potential dental treatment. This outlines the procedure, cost, and coverage, if any. Dental insurance can be utilized to help cover a portion of the cost of any dental procedure. However, if dental insurance is not offered by your employer, or the cost of dental insurance through the market is out of your family’s budget due to the limited coverage it offers, Springhetti Dentistry offers a novel type of membership program that circumvents dental insurance. For most patients it covers more than their insurance would, at a lower monthly cost.
Depending on the state of your family’s oral health and age, you could pay as little as $28 per month, which covers two dental cleanings, two exams and all necessary X-rays, and also affords 10% off any other dental treatment that may be necessary. For more severe issues, Springhetti Dental offers a plan designed for periodontal disease, with four cleanings, four exams and all necessary X-rays, as well as 10% off any other dental treatment that may be necessary.