With 2018 on its way out the door and 2019 waiting to be born, most of us are busy preparing for the holidays. But, while you’re making your list and checking it twice, don’t forget about your teeth and gums. Seeing your dentist in Montrose before the end of the year is a great way to benefit from checkups, cleanings and other important healthcare services.
Seven Reasons to See Your Dentist Soon
Here are seven reasons to take care of this important errand sooner rather than later:
- Most plans run on a year-to-year basis, with benefits beginning in January and ending at New Year’s. By skipping dental appointments, you’re failing to take advantage of coverage you’ve already paid for.
- Putting off a dentist visit until you’ve got a toothache is never a smart plan. The small amount of time and effort spent with regular checkups and cleaning will not only save you from needless discomfort, it may prevent you from losing a tooth.
- An emergency is the wrong time to find out that your coverage information has changed since your last dental visit. Not only will an appointment help to safeguard your oral health, it’s the perfect time to make sure your records are in order. That’s one less thing to worry about, should the unexpected occur.
- Dental coverage is getting more expensive all the time. Premiums can take up a significant portion of your income. By not going to the dentist, you’re basically giving the insurer your hard-earned money and getting nothing in return.
- The end of the year is hectic enough without adding something else to your plate. Crossing off a regular dental visit from your to do list will free you to focus on making the most of the season.
- If you’re like most people, then you’ll be doing some traveling before the year is out. Taking a trip is stressful enough without having an unexpected toothache on your hands.
- Skipping dental visits can hurt you, not only in your teeth but your budget as well. Emergency dental care can cost substantially more than a regularly scheduled appointment. Why spend more on your healthcare than is necessary?
What to Expect during a Routine Dental Visit
The primary service provided by most dentists is a standard checkup. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums with an eye toward spotting cavities, cracked or chipped teeth, and other potential areas of concern. He or she may use digital imaging devices to detect problems that might otherwise go unnoticed.
The second step of a routine visit is a cleaning. A trained dental professional will remove plaque and tartar that might otherwise lead to cavities or gum disease. Afterwards your teeth will feel clean and refreshed.
Be sure to bring your proof of coverage with you to the appointment. An office administrator will review your plan details and ensure your records are up to date.
At the end of your appointment you’ll feel better for having made the visit. Plus, you’ll give yourself the gift of healthier teeth and gums, which is one of the best presents any of us can have. Best wishes to you and yours, both now and in the coming year.
About the Author
Dr. Holly Boone earned her DMD degree from the University of Florida School of Dentistry. She’s a proud member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. You can reach her office online or by calling (713) 522-7540.