During these uncertain times, you may be doing everything you can to save your money. This means reassessing items like your TV subscriptions, vehicle payments, and more. You may also start to cancel various appointments you have on your calendar to keep your wallet full. However, you should never skip your dental appointments because they are integral for your oral health. But did you also know that your routine dental visits can actually save you money? Read on to learn how as well as what you can do to take full advantage of your dental insurance.
But First, Why Are Routine Dental Visits Important?
The American Dental Association recommends biannual dental visits because they prevent serious oral health issues from occurring. These visits allow the hygienist to remove plaque and tartar that couldn’t be cleaned away at home, and your dentist will examine your mouth to ensure you don’t have any cavities, infections, or other problems. Without seeing your dentist twice a year, you’re putting your smile at risk for serious health concerns like advanced gum disease and tooth loss. For example, a simple bit of tooth decay can turn into an infection that requires a root canal if it’s left unchecked. Plus, your dentist provides oral cancer screenings during your checkups, making these visits potentially lifesaving.
How Does Seeing the Dentist Save You Money?
The answer is prevention! Just like your routine checkups and cleanings prevent oral health issues, they protect you from the more costly treatments that are associated with dental problems. A tooth-colored filling is incredibly easy and affordable to receive. However, without treatment early on, you may need a more extensive and expensive restoration. Seeing the dentist now prevents you from spending more time AND money in the dental chair down the road.
Taking Advantage of Your Dental Insurance
The best part about seeing your dentist regularly is that most insurance providers cover these visits 100%. They favor prevention, which is why you can usually see your dentist without spending anything out of pocket. Most dental insurance plans have a yearly maximum, which is the most they are willing to spend on your dentistry in one year. What you may not know is that this number resets on January 1st, wasting any unused benefits. Thankfully, by attending regular dental checkups and cleanings, you can utilize your maximum and take advantage of your dental benefits!
Who knew it was that easy to save your money with a smile? As the year comes to a close, make sure you have an appointment scheduled to help your health and your pocketbook.
About the Practice
At Texas Dentistry, we have a team of 4 dentists who combine their knowledge and expertise to provide a wide range of high-quality services for patients of all ages. We accept dental insurance and have alternative financing options to make our amazing care affordable for all. If you have any questions, contact us through our website or by phone at (972) 563-9444.