The New Year is underway, and you’re making preparations to zoom into the next 12 months. In the midst of taking care of your responsibilities, it’s important to direct some attention to your oral health. This is the perfect time to get in for a dental checkup. To find out why there’s no better moment than right now to schedule a visit, continue reading!
Meet Your Deductible Early
Typically, dental insurance plans have a $50 deductible. With the average dental checkup costing around $200, you can easily meet this obligation when you schedule a preventive care visit. Therefore, at your next appointment, you’ll have the peace-of-mind of knowing that your deductible has been met.
Identify Problems Fast
Studies show that up to 80% of dental emergencies are preventable. And if you’re like most people, the last thing you want to endure is painful dental trauma. When you take advantage of a dental visit early in the year, you’ll know where you stand. Therefore, if there are any issues, a plan of action can be developed, and you can receive treatment before they balloon into greater problems.
Here are some examples of what can be identified at a dental checkup:
- Signs of gum disease
- Indications of oral cancer
- Evidence of teeth grinding
- Signs of poor dental hygiene techniques
- Tooth damage like cracks, or other structural issues
In addition to knowing the status of your oral health, it just feels good to have a set of clean and glistening ivories. Furthermore, dental visits provide a way to level up your knowledge of how to better care for your teeth and gums.
More Benefits of Early Detection
Addressing any developing issues sooner than later can save you money by preventing greater out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, if a life-threatening condition like oral cancer is diagnosed earlier and treated, the chances of survival are much greater.
A Scheduling Solution
It’s recommended that you visit a dentist semi-annually for checkups and cleanings. By getting in early in the year, it will be much easier to stay on track. Under normal circumstances, you’ll visit again at the start of the summer. Moving forward, you’ll always know when it’s time for your next appointment.
In addition to fortifying your oral health and protecting your bank account, maintaining regular visits to a dentist will better ensure a healthy and attractive smile. After all, you want to feel confident when you place your teeth on display. By getting in early in the year and remaining consistent in your efforts, you can look forward to a fabulous and healthy 2021!
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Thomas is a graduate of New York University School of Dentistry. As part of his commitment to provide comprehensive and top-notch care to his patients, he has received advanced postgraduate training in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and a host of other treatment modalities. Dr. Thomas helps to prevent major dental problems by providing preventive care at Highland Village Family Dentistry. He can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.