With the cost of living steadily rising, it’s a must that you take a frugal approach to how you spend your money. The tricky part sometimes is to determine what’s a necessity and what’s a want. So unfortunately, some of the more valuable components of your wellness may be sacrificed in an attempt to save the budget. This can spill over into the world of preventive dentistry, unfortunately viewed by some people as a discretionary service like getting a manicure or massage. That couldn’t be further from the truth because your semi-annual visits to your dentist serve as one of the major pillars in maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. As you continue reading you’ll learn more about why this is so and how it actually saves you money.
Why is the Semi-Annual Visit So Important?
The six-month appointment is vital to your oral health because it provides two crucial services:
- Thorough cleaning – The cleaning is important because it removes harmful agents that you can’t address on your own like tartar, the hard material that builds up on your teeth and contributes to dental problems like gum disease. The cleaning also provides you with a renewed feeling that encourages you to practice excellent oral hygiene between appointments, which is also key to your wellness.
- Methodical examination – The other great value of these twice-a-year appointments is that you’ll undergo very thorough examinations from both your dental hygienist and dentist to monitor the health of your entire oral cavity. It also allows your local professional to build a history for you, which is extremely important for providing care down the road, as it allows her to spot trends and act decisively at all times.
How do Semi-Annual Visits Save You Money?
The six-month appointment saves you money because in most cases it is 100% covered by your insurance provider. That means that if taken advantage of properly, you can go in for these preventive care visits and allow your dentist to recognize any issues before they become major problems.
And this is where the savings really factor in because the more involved the procedures become to correct any tooth decay or other issues, the more, typically, the out-of-pocket costs are. So not only do you save yourself the time and inconvenience of having a major procedure done, but you also keep more cash in your wallet.
So the best approach is the proactive one, where you work with your local dentist to maintain optimal oral health instead of chasing problems. To schedule your initial appointment just reach out to your local dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Emily Hortman received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of South Carolina. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral residency where she earned her certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Medical University of South Carolina. A member of the American Dental Association and several other professional organizations, Dr. Hortman practices at Palmetto Dental Associates and can be reached for more information through her website.