Now that Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season is quickly approaching, you may already be looking forward to the start of a new year. Before January arrives though, have you considered that you might have dental care or general healthcare benefits that could expire soon? Many people invest in health savings account, and similar programs, often without realizing that the money may go away at the end of the calendar year, if unused. So, before December draws to a festive close, why not check to see if you have funds set aside, or dental benefits that have gone unused? These funds could cover the cost of essential preventive care, like checkups and cleanings, or even restorative treatment you might have postponed during the course of a busy year.
Schedule Key Preventive Care
Most dentists advise patients to see them at least twice a year for key preventive care, including checkups and exams. This is necessary because tartar buildup, which is made by calcified plaque bacteria, can only be removed through professional dental cleanings.
Left on teeth, tartar can lead to acidic erosion, like cavities, and contribute to gum health problems, as well. So, make it a priority to see the dentist regularly for routine care. Often, the end of the year is an ideal time to make a preventive visit, since it can help you start the new year with a healthy and beautiful smile!
Is Your Smile In Need of Restoration?
Prompt restorative treatment is another way to protect one’s smile. This means scheduling an appointment at the first warning signs of trouble, such as heightened sensitivity, discoloration that could indicate a cavity, or discomfort when eating or drinking. By treating issues quickly, most patients can prevent the need for more extensive measures, such as root canal therapy.