As we enter the new year, it’s important to get your dental treatments out of the way early. At the start of the year, your dental insurance resets, so the sooner you get your exams and cleanings done, the better off you’ll be in the long run. That’s why your dentist in Coeur d’Alene is here to offer a friendly reminder to patients.
We’ll be focusing on the what this reset means and how using your dental benefits are an essential part of your preventive care. Your insurance company is used to people not using their benefits, but this year, make it part of your health routine.
What the Reset Means
On the 1st of January every year, most dental insurance plans reset. This means that the benefits that come with your dental insurance are newly available to use. Many dental practices implore their patients use their insurance around the beginning of the year for this reason, and they’re right to do so. Keep in mind, if you had benefits last year, they do not carry over, which is what truly makes this a reset of benefits.
Once you schedule your first appointment of the year, be sure to schedule another exam and cleaning 6 months later. The ADA recommends patients see their dentists just twice a year to properly catch any underlying disease. However, your dentist will be the one to determine your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, so discuss this with them to see if more visits are necessary. After you schedule your appointment, reaffirm what your dental benefits include so you can plan future treatments as well.
Knowing Your Dental Benefits
Most dental insurance covers almost all preventive dental care. This means X-rays during your examination and standard cleanings from your hygienist. Check your dental insurance plan’s benefit summary, as this will lay out exactly what is and is not covered.
The summary will also include what treatments are covered if you receive a specific procedure from someone out-of-network. Fortunately, most dental insurance covers nearly all preventive work because it shows that patients are making the effort to avoid future oral disease. Using your benefits is just another tool at your disposal when practicing preventive care.
Preventive Care is Key to Proper Oral Health
It’s widely accepted every dollar spent on preventive care equates to many more on restorative or emergency care later. Along with brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day, and having a balanced diet, regular dental visits are essential.
Not only will your dentist professionally clean your teeth, they’ll be able to catch underlying disease only advanced medical devices can find. This can catch conditions like early gum disease and even oral cancer before it becomes lethal. When it comes to disease, the best offense is a strong defense. Not to mention it’s much cheaper to treat disease early than after it’s started doing damage.
Make use of your dental insurance early. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Coeur d’Alene today to maximize your benefits today!
About the Author
Dr. Flip Orban earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Southern Adventist University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Dr. Orban enjoys volunteering his dental expertise to the community, proving his passion for overall oral health and removing pain from patients. He’s worked with multiple organizations, including Pathways to Health, MEND, and in many underserved areas. To learn more, contact him at (208) 667-1546 or visit his website.