During a time of uncertainty, you’re probably doing all you can to pinch pennies and save your money. This may include canceling various appointments on your calendar, but your dental visits shouldn’t be one of them. In fact, seeing the dentist regularly is incredibly cost-effective! Plus, if you have dental insurance, you can utilize the benefits that you already pay for. Read on to learn more about the importance of routine dental appointments and how they can keep your wallet full.
Why Are Routine Dental Appointments Important?
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit the dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings, but why? The answer is that these appointments prevent major oral health issues. Dental cleanings allow your hygienist to remove tartar buildup that couldn’t be cleaned away at home, while dental checkups catch any developing issues early before they become more severe. Additionally, your dentist provides oral cancer screenings during your checkups, making these visits potentially lifesaving. Plus, recent studies have shown a direct relationship between your oral and overall health, making it more important than ever to see your dentist.
How Does Seeing the Dentist Save You Money?
You may associate dental visits with spending money, but checkups and cleanings actually keep you from shelling out your cash! These appointments protect you from more extensive AND expensive treatments in the future by detecting oral health issues like cavities, infection, and gum disease early on. For example, a simple cavity requires a filling, which is easy and affordable. However, if this problem persists, you may need a root canal and dental crown. If it gets even worse, you could be needing an extraction with a tooth replacement, both of which cost a lot more than your monthly premiums for dental insurance.
How Can Your Insurance Help?
If you’re already paying premiums for your dental insurance, you’re actually losing money if you don’t visit the dentist. Most providers have an annual maximum, which is the highest they’re willing to pay for your dental care in one year. If you don’t use these benefits before January 1st, they’ll be gone forever—wasted. Thankfully, typical plans cover 100% of your dental checkups and cleanings, making these routine appointments the easiest way to take advantage of your maximum!
Are you ready to save money and smile while doing it? Maintain your regular dental visits and contact your dentist to get your next appointment on the calendar if it isn’t already!
Meet the Dentists
Dr. Scannell and Dr. Hollinger take pride in offering quality dental care that is also affordable. That’s why they’re in-network with Delta Dental and BlueCross BlueShield. They are also more than happy to have their friendly staff members help you secure financing for necessary services. If you have any questions, they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (413) 525-6821.