If you’re like most people, the start of the year is a busy time. As you motor along, you’re encouraged not to forget about your oral health. That means you should be visiting a local dentist for a dental checkup. Now is the time to act, but why? As you continue reading, discover why it’s in your best interest to schedule a preventive care appointment early in the year!
A Path to Meeting Your Deductible
For most dental insurance plans, coverage renews at the start of each year. That means you’re responsible for a new deductible, which is typically around $50. By scheduling a visit early in the year, you’ll easily meet this requirement. And because most plans fully cover two preventive care visits a year, the deductible will be your only expense.
A Way to Prevent a Dental Emergency
The best form of treatment for any type of dental emergency is prevention. Why experience pain, lose time and endure other inconveniences if you don’t have to? An early year visit allows your dentist to assess the condition of your teeth and gums. While there, it will be determined whether you need any restorative care to prevent complex issues that could develop into a dental emergency.
A Means of Saving Money
When you require involved restorative procedures like root canal therapy or the placement of a dental crown, you can expect a greater out-of-pocket contribution. It would be much easier to take advantage of the full coverage available for checkups and cleanings. By identifying and treating a budding problem earlier, you’ll be able to keep more money in your bank account.
A Reliable Source of Information
You’ll accomplish a lot by visiting a dentist for preventive care. In addition to receiving a thorough checkup and cleaning, you’ll also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Instead of relying on a Google search or watching a YouTube video to get the answers you’re looking for, this is a chance to get useful information from a trusted professional.
A Way to Establish Rapport
Discovering a dentist to work with should be the start of a long-term bond. As with all relationships, though, it takes time to build trust. Every chance you have to get in for a visit is an opportunity to get to know your dentist and staff better. Therefore, you’ll feel more comfortable with receiving the care you need.
An old axiom says, “the early bird gets the worm.” In this case, the early visiting patient gets the reward of fantastic oral health!
About the Author
Dr. Lou Graham is a graduate of Emory University. Although he has been providing comprehensive dentistry for over 30 years, he maintains a high standard of care by taking continuing education courses annually. Additionally, Dr. Graham is professionally affiliated with the Academy of General Dentistry. He offers compassionate and attentive preventive care at University Dental Professionals, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.