Do you have dental insurance? Has it been a while since you’ve been to a dental office in Greenville? Did you know that dental insurance plans cover a specific dollar amount for procedures every year? If your benefits aren’t used, unfortunately, they do not roll over to the next year. They simply run out. With the end of the year approaching, now is the time to schedule a dental check-up and take full advantage of what your dental insurance plan has to offer.
Your dental plan will typically pay at or close to 100% for two professional cleanings each year. Typically, they are six months apart from each other. But not all plans make this a requirement. Additionally, you may qualify for no co-pay x-rays and an exam to check all your teeth, gums, and screen for things like oral cancer. That way if you do need treatment, it can be completed while it’s still fairly conservative.
Even those patients that have the best possible at-home care need to visit the dentist regularly for a professional cleaning. No matter how hard you try, there will always be areas that you cannot reach or clean. Our dental hygienists will need to use special tools to remove tartar buildup from these hard-to-reach areas before disease sets in.
Regular exams are also important. Just because you aren’t experiencing any pain or discomfort doesn’t mean that you don’t have a cavity or other dental issue that requires attention. Oral exams allow our dentist to thoroughly check all of your teeth and spot issues that need attention. Preferably before they become advanced problems that are more difficult to manage.
Periodic x-rays are also essential because even though we look in your mouth to diagnose issues, we can’t see everything between teeth or behind your gums. Dental radiographs show us problems that may be occurring in your mouth that aren’t visible to the naked eye. For example, cavities or bone loss from gum disease. Even an abscessed tooth may be symptom-free but an infection will often show up on a routine x-ray.
If your exam and/or x-rays determine that you have a cavity or some other dental issue that needs attention, it’s best to plan the procedure quickly. That way you can use your dental insurance coverage before it expires for the year.
You never know what the future holds and what unexpected treatment you may need next year. Most dental issues are best treated while they’re small. So don’t waste this year’s benefits, go ahead and plan a visit before December 31st.
Be smart about your insurance coverage, book your cleaning and checkup at Graham Family Dental today. With so many people wanting to take advantage of their dental benefits before they expire, our Greenville practice has limited appointments available. Dr. Graham looks forward to seeing you very soon! Call us today to schedule.