Well, here we are again facing a new year. My New Year’s blog entry is again being posted before the actual New Year’s Day of of Jan. 1, 2018. So, like years gone by, I’ll take the chance now to wish you a Happy New Year!
And, my message should be a familiar refrain:
After all the celebrations are done and you’ve made (and possibly broken) your resolutions for the new year, please take a small piece of advice: Make an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning and examination.
If you have dental insurance, it might not cost you anything. If you do not and finances are an issue, make sure you save as the year begins. It won’t be long before you can afford a dental cleaning and exam visit.
I simply cannot stress enough how important this is not only for your oral health, but how it can be important to your overall health, too.
For those without dental insurance, it is penny wise and pound foolish (to use that old-fashioned term) to not have a professional cleaning at least once this year. Twice is my professional recommendation, of course, but just getting in – especially if you haven’t been in a while – is important.
Yes, it will cost some money. However, you can first save over several months for the cleaning and this could save even more by identifying potential problems before they become expensive ones. Once a tooth or gum problem strikes and you’re in pain, then you have few choices and the likelihood of a much larger bit out of your wallet.
Yes, I know it’s not fun to save since that extra night out a month is something you’ve certainly earned, but by having a bit of fiscal discipline you might not have fun with the money for a cleaning, but you certainly will benefit from it for a long time to come and you might not have to pinch many more pennies later on for bigger and bigger treatments to solve bigger and bigger problems brought on my neglecting your oral health.
If you have dental insurance, it’s all the better. Most likely your insurance pays everything for a cleaning, but there is one catch – you also must make the effort to get and go to an appointment. We have a number of patients with insurance coverage who do not take advantage and come in for a cleaning.
Yes, I know, everyone is busy. However, you can make appointments far in advance (we have seasonal patients who are scheduled a year ahead!). It’s making them a priority that counts.
It’s not a great analogy, but you certainly do maintenance on your vehicle. Oil, tires and, hopefully, you keep it clean. Your mouth, too, needs preventative care.
It just doesn’t make sense to pay for dental insurance and not use its benefits. You not only cheat yourself out of maintaining good oral health, but you also cheat yourself out of dollars – those spent on the coverage you don’t use and, even more costly, in the end spending a bunch more money on treatments to solve problems that might have been identified during a cleaning and exam visit.
So, in 2018, let’s make sure you get in for your checkup!