Be Sure To Schedule Your Checkup Before the End of the Year!
The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, but taking care of your oral health needs to be on your to-do list! Scheduling your next checkup before the end of the year can not only save you money but also prevent unnecessary pain down the road.
To achieve and maintain your best oral health, Dr. Nan Rosas of Clear Lake, TX recommends scheduling your preventative care appointment twice per year. During this appointment, you will receive a thorough dental and periodontal examination, any necessary digital radiographs, oral cancer screening, and a professional dental cleaning by our Registered Dental Hygienist.
Prevention is Key!
Not all dental decay is visible or causes pain; you may have a cavity right now and not even know it. During your preventative care appointment, Dr. Rosas will evaluate the teeth for early signs of demineralization and cavities. When dental decay is found early, treatment can be kept to a minimum. Oftentimes, by the time dental cavities are visible or begins to cause pain, the treatment needed is more advanced and in turn is more expensive or time consuming to complete.
Similar to tooth decay, catching periodontal disease in its earliest stages will result in less invasive treatment. Your dental hygienist keeps a record of your periodontal screenings from each visit. When preventative care visits are scheduled regularly, your hygienist will be able to note if any changes are seen between checkups. The prevention of periodontal disease is important to keeping your teeth healthy and stable for a lifetime.
Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits
Most dental insurance providers allow for two preventative care visits per year. Typically, the last two months of the year are a busy time for everyone, but making sure you get your second checkup before the end of the year is important to utilize the dental insurance you’re already paying for.
Dental insurance plans, most often, run on a calendar schedule with benefits that expire on December 31st. Along with two preventative care visits, your dental insurance will typically have a set limit to the amount of dentistry the insurance company will cover per year. This means they will pay a percentage of your treatment needs up to a certain amount. In most cases, if your dental benefits go unused or only partially used, that remaining amount is gone for that year. So, if you have treatment needing to be done, scheduling a visit before the end of the year will maximize your dental benefits. That means less money is spent out of your own pocket to cover maintenance or restorative services.
Plan For The New Year
At Rosas Family Dentistry of Clear Lake, we understand that you may not be able to complete all of your dental work within a calendar year. In some cases, oral rehabilitation and therapy needs to be broken up into several appointments spanning over a longer period of time. Your optimum dental health may be a long-term but achievable goal. For this reason, maintaining frequent checkups is very important to ensure your treatment plan stays up to date. Scheduling your preventative care appointment will allow Dr. Rosas to make any changes necessary to your plan and prioritize which treatment should be scheduled for the following year.
By prioritizing treatment and utilizing dental benefits each year, you can plan ahead by adding to your health care savings account or looking into credit payment options. You can enter the new year with a solid plan to continue your dental health goal.
At Rosas Family Dentistry, we try our best to help our Clear Lake area patients make the most of their dental insurance benefits. We are happy to review your treatment plan, let you know how much has been billed to your insurance and how much is left on your plan.
Contact Us Today!
The holidays are a busy time for everyone and the dental professionals at Rosas Family Dentistry want you to look and feel your best. Contact our Clear Lake, TX office today to schedule your preventative care appointment and be ready for the new year ahead. We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve your best smile!