What’s the difference between a big problem and a small one? The latter is caught and addressed before it mushrooms into a giant-sized disaster. As the new year approaches, with insurance benefits freshly renewed, your dentist encourages you to be proactive, and nip minor dental issues in the bud before they become behemoths. First, learn how to maximize your available benefits as the new year rolls in.
How to Maximize Your Dental Benefits in the New Year
The new year is the best time to finally schedule the dental visit you delayed the previous year. With new dental insurance available, you’re in the driver’s seat. The key is to not take this time for granted, and make sure to plan how to get the most out of your benefits.
There is a possibility that your dental work can be tax deductible. So your dental cleanings, treatments and other procedures may serve dual purposes, to restore your optimum oral health and save you some bucks.
Why Visit the Dentist?
You should visit the dentist because it is the sure step to maintaining your oral health. The examination process also allows your dentist to catch any problems that could become greater. A list of more troublesome issues that your dentist can spot or prevent are:
- Cavities – These are holes in your teeth cause by plaque and bacteria buildup.
- Dementia – This is a gradual loss of brain function. Studies show that poor oral hygiene, leading to gum disease, can eventually contribute to this condition. Furthermore, elderly adults who brush their teeth less than once a day are 65% more likely to suffer from dementia, as the bacteria associated with gum disease may eat into the brain.
- Heart Problems – Inflamed teeth and loose gums can be a warning of problems. Untreated periodontitis (a form of gum disease) can result in bacteria traveling to your heart and contribute to coronary artery disease.
- Diabetes – Gum disease, bleeding gums, and loose teeth can all be signs of diabetes. Furthermore, if you have disease, then infections at the gum line can worsen your condition and lead to heart attack or stroke.
The overwhelming theme here is proactivity. By maintaining healthy dental care practices, which include brushing and flossing twice a day, along with scheduling cleanings and examinations on a six-month basis, you form a line of defense against greater problems. Take advantage of the benefits available to you at the start of the year and get on the offensive, attacking anything that will possibly affect your oral and overall health.
About the Author
Melanie White, DDS earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Initially working as a counselor and then as a dental assistant, she discovered her true calling – to be a dentist. She would go on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She practices at Maple Grove Family Dental and can be reached for more information through her website.