If you’re paying for dental benefits but not going to the dentist, both your wallet and your smile feel the consequences. Avoiding the dentist can lead to costly restorative procedures to repair tooth decay or even loss. Cost, inconvenience, fear of pain, and other factors contribute to Americans avoiding their routine dental visits. But what many don’t know is that there’s a strong connection between our oral health and our overall health and wellness!
Going to the dentist every six months allows our dental care team to ensure our mouths are healthy. They screen for cavities, tooth decay, and also signs of oral cancer. Any plaque or tartar developing on the teeth is removed during a preventive cleaning, greatly reducing the risk for a cavity to develop.
Coverage on preventive
Dental benefits are one of your biggest tools when it comes to maintaining preventive care. Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups are usually covered at 100%.*
Preventive care appointments with your dentist every six months prevent bigger problems from forming in your mouth. These problems, like periodontal disease, cause longer appointments, require treatment plans, can be more uncomfortable, and also cost more than preventive care.
Coverage on basic restorative procedures
Restorative dental care extends beyond preventive care. These procedures repair decay and gum disease with cavity fillings, root canals, and other more intensive treatments. They cost more than preventive care and are usually covered at no more than 80 percent.* You’ll pay more out of pocket to have oral health issues reversed than it costs to maintain preventive check-ups.
Regular preventive check-ups maintain your oral health. Seeing your dentist every six months allows them to do a dental caries risk assessment and nip any problem areas in the bud.
Coverage on major procedures
The more extensive procedures—like crowns, bridges, and dentures—are classified as major procedures. They are expensive and generally covered at 50 percent.* Don’t lose out on making the most of your dental benefits by skipping the dentist. The cost on your health and your wallet are so much more if you wait until you need a major procedure. Save time, money, and discomfort by sticking with regularly scheduled preventive dental visits.
The more you “practice” going to the dentist regularly, the more comfortable you will be going. And the less painful cleanings become as your oral health improves and gum sensitivity decreases. There are even steps you can take to make the visit more pleasant.
Good oral health habits will reduce the amount of work needed and cost less out of your pocket. Those are great reasons to smile!
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*Review your plan summary for exact coverage details. Information depicted above may be different depending on you plan.