You know you’re supposed to visit your dentist for a cleaning and checkup every 6 months, but why waste money when your teeth are fine? Unfortunately, many people believe dental care isn’t necessary until after a concern arises. Although you might feel you’re saving money, you’re opening the door to costly dental problems. Research shows every $1 spent on prevention can save up to $50 on restorative and emergency care. If money is tight, don’t worry. You can get the personalized attention your smile deserves with your dental insurance. Here’s how you can save money down the road with a quick trip to your dentist.
Benefits of Routine Dental Care
Teeth are made of the hardest substance in your body, enamel. Although they are incredibly strong, they are constantly under attack by cavity-causing bacteria. While tooth decay is preventable, 26% of adults have at least one that hasn’t been treated.
Your teeth aren’t the only component of a healthy smile. Your gums are equally important; however, at least 50% of people have periodontal (gum) disease. The preventable infection is the leading cause of tooth loss and is linked to many medical conditions, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Countless other dental concerns can also linger in your mouth, like oral cancer. They can go undetected until they cause a dental emergency or life-threatening situation. You can avoid an unexpected trip to your dentist or hospital by maintaining your semi-annual appointments.
While your home oral hygiene is your first line of defense against preventable issues, your toothbrush and floss can’t clean everywhere in your mouth. Routine cleanings remove tartar buildup that can compromise your smile. Your dentist will also monitor your oral health to benefit from early detection to quickly treat any concern, like gum inflammation.
Safeguard Your Smile with Your Dental Insurance
The American Dental Association reports 42% of Americans skip regular preventive appointments, despite more people than ever having dental insurance. Research shows less than 3% of Americans meet or exceed their annual limits. Often, people believe they can’t afford the dentist, even with their dental insurance.
Paying your monthly premiums for your policy allows you to visit your dentist twice a year for a small co-payment. You can get the preventive services you need to safeguard your smile. If a problem occurs, you don’t need to delay treatment because you don’t have any extra money to spare. Your dental insurance can cover up to 80% of the cost after reaching your annual deductible.
Maximize Your Dental Insurance
Your dental benefits don’t last forever. They expire at the end of the year, and you won’t be reimbursed for anything you don’t use. Don’t throw money down the drain. Invest in your smile using your dental coverage.
About Dr. Robert J. Young
Dr. Young earned his dental degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry before continuing his training at the Misch Institute of Implantology. He has advanced qualifications in many dental specialties, including IV sedation. Dr. Young works with many dental insurance plans to keep his services affordable. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.