If you have dental insurance, then you’re fortunate enough to have access to vital dental care throughout the year. That means you can protect your smile and maintain the type of lifestyle that you desire. Unfortunately, though, your dental coverage can go to waste if you don’t put it to good use soon. As you continue reading, you’ll discover why it’s of the utmost importance to pay your local dentist a visit before the year ends!
The Statistics are Alarming
According to a study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA), the average American with dental insurance only receives around $323 of dental treatment annually. The maximum coverage provided by most dental insurers averages $1,250 per year. Thus, many of the over 160 million U.S. citizens with dental insurance are wasting nearly $1,000 a year in coverage.
This places more than just their oral health in jeopardy; it can also impact their overall wellness.
How to Maximize Your Coverage Now
The best way to take advantage of your dental insurance is to reach out to your local dentist to schedule a checkup. Called a preventive care visit, this appointment will provide you with the following:
- Plaque and tartar removal
- Oral examination that identifies any abnormal growths, cavities, orthodontic issues or other challenges that need to be treated
- Consultation with the dentist to discuss any findings, receive pointers and have your questions answered
By acting now, you can take advantage of this year’s benefits to have any problems addressed.
Why Now is the Time to Take Action
For most dental insurance companies, coverage renews at the start of the new year. Furthermore, coverage typically won’t rollover. After January 1st of the new calendar, then, any unused benefits from the previous year will be lost.
Again, you can prevent being stuck in such a predicament by contacting your dentist to schedule a six-month visit. Being proactive about your oral health will not only protect your wallet in the long run, but it will also help to prevent such issues as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes and several forms of cancer.
Good Habits to Boost Your Oral Health
Another way to maximize your dental insurance is to practice excellent oral hygiene, which should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day, and to maintain a diet high in natural foods like fruits and vegetables. This will help to prevent bacteria and plaque development and to prevent the need for complex restorative care in the future.
At the end of the day, what matters most is that your mouth, teeth, gums and the rest of your body remain as healthy as possible. By taking heed to what you’ve learned here and working with your local dentist, you can definitely make it happen!
About the Author
Dr. Phillip Johnson is a graduate of Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, where he finished in the top 10% of his class. Additionally, he has received advanced postgraduate training from the world-renowned Dawson Academy. Dr. Johnson helps patients maintain beautiful smiles and healthy teeth and gums at Dental Center of Midlothian, and he can be reached for more information through his website.