February 7, 2019
Does a semi-annual dental visit for preventive care seem like a formality that could probably be bypassed? Statistics show this mode of thinking contributes to approximately 98% of people with dental insurance failing to maximize their coverage by the end of the year. You have a chance to make a positive change, though, and enter the ranks of those who take full advantage of their benefits to enjoy excellent oral health!
What a Preventive Care Visit Has to Offer
Every six months, it’s recommended that you visit your dentist for preventive care. Its primary purpose is to mount an assault against the main contributors to poor dental health – oral bacteria. This is what’s done to protect you:
- Cleaning – The goal of the cleaning is for the hygienist to remove any plaque and tartar that have accumulated so you can have a “clean slate” to work from.
- Initial Examination – The hygienist will then perform an initial assessment to detect any signs of tooth or gum decay.
- Final Examination – Your dentist will perform a final examination to identify any signs of poor occlusion (bite), jaw alignment issues or signs of oral cancer.
In just over an hour of proactive effort, you can fortify your oral and overall health, but there are still other benefits that await you.
Big Savings with Preventive Care
Every month, you pay a premium to maintain your dental insurance. If you’re not putting it to use, then you’re losing money. With preventive care visits, however, you can improve your “bottom line!”
One important fact to know is that dental insurers champion preventive care efforts. Thus, they will typically cover up to 100% of the related costs. However, you won’t just save money there. The real return comes by avoiding the need for complex restorative care down the road that be require a greater out-of-pocket commitment.
Your proactive efforts will also prevent you from having to endure any uncomfortable suffering.
Now is the Time
Once bacteria are allowed to start growing, they won’t self-correct. Thus, it’s important to stop them in their tracks before they can cause any havoc. This can be accomplished through a combination of performing excellent oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing at least two times a day and visiting your dentist for preventive care.
So to fortify your oral health, to experience the full benefits of preventive maintenance and to leave more money in your wallet, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local dentist to schedule a visit today!
About the Author
With over 40 years of experience practicing dentistry, Dr. J. Benjamin Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with his patients. Still, the Medical College of Georgia graduate remains passionate about helping everyone who enters his office achieve the best oral health possible. Dr. Patrick provides preventive care at Advanced Dentistry of Athens, can he can be reached for more information through his website.
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