The end of the year brings with it holiday fun and busy times. Probably the last thing on your mind right now is visiting your dentist; however, now is actually the perfect time to give them a call and schedule any cleanings, checkups, or outstanding treatment you haven’t completed yet for the year. Why? So you can maximize your dental insurance in Harris County. If you’re not sure what we mean, read on for the answers!
How Does Your Dental Insurance Work?
Even though every dental plan is unique, there are a few standard things you can count on with most plans. They typically run on a calendar year, meaning benefits begin in January and end in December. Your plan will likely have a yearly maximum that will run out in December since those dollars won’t roll over into next year’s benefits. These maximums usually range anywhere from $1000 to $2000.
So, what does this mean for you and your family? That fall is the best time to schedule any dental appointments and treatment needed for 2018 before your benefits run out and you lose your insurance dollars.
The Importance of Preventive Care
Because many dental plans will mostly or completely cover your six-month cleaning and checkup appointments, it means that there is very little or no out-of-pocket cost for you. You can avoid more significant problems by being consistent about going to these appointments twice a year. Dentistry is focused on prevention, and preventive care helps you avoid problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease because your dentist can detect them early on.
For example, if your dentist finds a cavity in your tooth, and you are proactive about treating it right away, it is likely that they can take care of it with a simple dental filling. If you ignore your treatment, the decay in your tooth will progress and eventually make its way into the root of your tooth where it will cause an infection and discomfort.
Now, your tooth will require root canal therapy to eliminate your decay, infection, and preserve your tooth. A root canal a much more complex and costly treatment than a dental filling that could’ve taken care of the problem in the beginning.
Do You Have Questions?
Would you like to learn more about maximizing your dental benefits? Are you wondering what types of appointments you should schedule before the end of the year? Give your dentist in Harris County a call today for more information.
About Hamilton Family Dentistry
Dr. Alan Arrington and his team have been taking care of patients in Hamilton, GA for over a decade. We offer our patients a modern and state-of-the-art practice with a welcoming family feel.
If you would like to contact Dr. Arrington, he can be reached by calling 706-628-0011 or through his website.