The end of the year is literally weeks away! Have you checked all of your 2017 “to-do’s” off your list? What about visiting your dentist in Richardson?
If you haven’t had time to do so (or maybe that task wasn’t even on your to-do list), we highly advise that you schedule your appointment before 2018 starts! The alternative is losing your earned dental benefits and starting all over with the New Year. Learn more about how to get the most out of your dental benefits before the end of the year.
Understand Dental Insurance So You Can Use It
Many patients may not understand how dental benefits work, causing them to lose out on everything they can gain from them. The main thing to remember is that dental benefits are centered around preventing dental issues, not addressing them as they come. It’s best to practice prevention rather than restoration.
Practice Preventive Care Before the Year Ends
Are you aware that if you have dental insurance, you’ve been paying into your insurance premiums all year long! Why not use them? You’ve already invested in them.
Little do many people know, unused benefits are forfeited. Say you need dental care in the beginning of 2018, you’ll be starting all over again! Since you’ve already most likely met your yearly deductible, it’s time to get into your nearest dental office as soon as possible.
There Are Other Reasons to Use Your Benefits
It’s not all about wasting money (although, that can be motivating enough). There are other just as important reasons to make a dental appointment before the end of the year.
Have you had your regular checkups this year? Believe it or not, most dental insurance plans cover full preventive care services. As mentioned above, dental insurance companies promote preventive care to avoid costly dental work in the future—plus it’s great for your overall health and appearance. You can expect this exceptional care at your preventive appointments:
A comprehensive dental exam
Your dentist will use dental x-rays to look at the inside and outside of your mouth thoroughly. This could help keep a smile stronger for longer. With dental x-rays, your dentist can recognize oral health problems early on, increasing your chances of recovery. You can get early assistance addressing gum disease, tooth decay, orthodontic issues, and even oral cancer.
Deep Professional Cleanings
After your exam, your dentist will thoroughly clean all of your teeth and along the gum line. The point of a professional cleaning is to remove hardened plaque, bacteria, and other debris that’s impossible to remove with simple brushing and flossing. These cleaning appointments significantly reduce your chances of developing serious oral health concerns and systematic health problems.
Custom treatment planning
After your dentist finishes your exam and cleaning, it’s time to convene with you. This time is crucial to patient education, giving great advice, and providing you a personalized dental treatment plan. This helps by addressing current concerns and maintaining better oral health.
It may be hard to believe, but all these great preventive services are covered by your dental insurance. Be sure to use your benefits before the end of the year!
About Our Office
Here at Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics, we want everyone to receive the dental care they deserve. That’s why we’re in-network with a variety of top insurance providers and also offer payment options and financing for patients that may not have dental insurance in Richardson. Feel free to contact us today to schedule your preventive care appointment.