If you wait too long, it’ll cost you more than money; it could cost you your health.

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They say a stitch in time saves nine, and a penny saved is a penny earned. In difficult economic times, homilies are not much comfort, and avoiding any cost seems necessary when faced with tough choices. While the market is at all time highs, and unemployment is low, most of our patients don’t seem to be benefitting from an apparent turn in the economy. Fact is, most low to medium income earners in the workforce don’t feel more economically sound, and continue to struggle to make ends meet. They know they have to still curtail spending and increase savings, and as a trip to the dentist is seen as a medium to major expense to most, it can only get worse if you let things go and wait until something major happens.


We know household budgets have their ups and downs, just like the economy. We also know that by catching small dental problems before they grow, that patients will save money in the long run. Dental problems don’t go away, and they don’t get better by themselves. Waiting too long just means you’re neglecting your health and costing yourself more while your smile stays a frown.

Most dental problems lead to worse problems when left alone.

You might not even be aware of some problems lurking beneath your gums, or in recesses beneath neglected fillings. If it hurts, it’s past time to take care of your smile. Don’t get to that place; keep your smile healthy as well as your wallet, and see your dentist regularly to prevent costly procedures and maintain a healthy smile you can be happy with.

One note for children: Topical fluorides and secants are in order for little smiles. Sealants are the best preventive investment you can make in your little angel’s smile. Save yourself money and save your children discomfort and pain, and get them a checkup as often as you can to avoid any real problems.


Good family economics is good dentistry. We’ll do our part by helping you with flexible payments. For patients who qualify, we’ll arrange a personal financial plan for your care. There are many options available. If you’re insured, most plans cover 50-60% of dental procedures and preventative maintenance while some even provide 80% financial protection, so it just doesn’t make sense to wait until it costs more.

“Don’t hesitate to contact us about any concerns you may have about your next visit! My staff and I are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about any other dental or safety procedures.”

— Dr. Harold Perlaza, Sherman Oaks Dentistry – Where Smiles Change Every Day™

P.S. Please be sure to have your friends or family mention your name so that we can personally thank you for introducing them to us and our practice. We’re happy to help any family members or friends to continue their path towards healthy teeth & gums.