As the leaves change color and the temperature drops, the holiday season is right around the corner. Your life is about to get busy as you plan family gatherings and shop for the perfect gifts. The last thing on your mind is visiting your dentist; however, you might want to make it a priority. Routine cleanings and checkups keep your teeth and gums healthy to prevent common issues that might interrupt your holiday plans, like a toothache. Not to mention, your dental coverage is about to expire. Don’t wait until it’s too late to see your dentist. Here’s how you can invest in your smile for the new year without worrying about an unexpected bill.
The Power of Prevention
Your teeth are meant to serve you for a lifetime with the right care over the years, which is why dentistry focuses on prevention. Semi-annual appointments allow your dentist to remove harmful accumulations and monitor your oral health to reduce the need for a costly treatment down the road. In fact, research shows every $1 spent on prevention can save you $50 on restorative or emergency services. You’ll reduce your long-term dental expenses by visiting your dentist at least twice a year.
Choose Affordable Dental Care
If you have dental insurance, it’s easier than ever to get the routine services your teeth and gums rely on to stay healthy. By paying your monthly premiums, you have access to a comprehensive policy that covers 1-2 preventive appointments per year. You can get the treatments you need for only a small co-payment.
If an issue occurs, you won’t need to worry about any added financial burden. Your dental benefits can help offset the cost of the services. Although every policy is unique, most plans can cover up to 80% after paying your annual deductible. You can use your yearly allowance to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.
Unfortunately, your dental benefits don’t last forever. They expire at the end of the year. You won’t be reimbursed for anything you don’t use, and it won’t carry over into the new year. With less than 3% of Americans meeting their annual limits, you likely have several benefits remaining.
Invest in Your Oral Health
Don’t throw money down the drain. Take the time to visit your dentist before the end of the year. They will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier, so you have one less thing to worry about. Your dental office will maximize your benefits to reduce the amount you pay. They’ll help you find the solutions you need to start the year ahead with a healthy, beautiful smile.
About Dr. Mark M. Farthing
Dr. Farthing has provided dental care since 1982. Besides earning his dental degree, he continued his training at the prestigious Dawson Academy to offer advanced services. He is in-network with many insurance companies to keep treatments affordable. If you need a cleaning and checkup before the year ends, contact our office today for an appointment.