A new year has begun, which means it’s time for resolutions! Oftentimes, people make goals to improve their health or finances. The good news is that you can include both when it comes to caring for your teeth! By scheduling a dental checkup early in the year, you will be tending to your oral health and capitalizing on your dental insurance. Here are four reasons why visiting your dental team at the start of 2023 is a great idea!
1. You Can Catch Oral Health Issues Before They Become a Problem
Many people procrastinate going to the dentist. They wait until they begin to experience discomfort with a cavity or have another dental issue before they get it treated. But what many patients don’t realize is that cavities usually don’t hurt at first and can easily be overlooked. By going for a checkup early in the year, your dentist can identify small cavities and repair them before they start causing severe pain. It’s usually easier – and less expensive – to treat dental decay while it is in its beginning stages. Waiting too long could lead to pricier procedures like root canal therapy.
2. It Will Give You More Flexibility with Your Schedule
The first few weeks after the holidays are oftentimes the slowest of the entire year for dental practices – which is a bonus for you as a patient! There will be more availability when choosing the date and time for your biannual appointments, resulting in more flexibility for you. You’ll have much more freedom in choosing an appointment time that fits with your own schedule. Additionally, you may not feel as pressed for time during your checkup. As a result, you can take the opportunity to capitalize on speaking with your dentist one-on-one and ask whatever dental questions have been on your mind.
3. You Can Begin Using Your Renewed Dental Insurance Benefits Right Away
Many dental insurance policies reset at the beginning of the calendar year; this means you’ll have the maximum amount of coverage available for any necessary dental work. If there’s a procedure that you were unable to have completed before the end of the previous year, you can now move forward with your treatment while taking advantage of your renewed insurance benefits. It’s also a great chance to meet your deductible as early as you can!
4. You Can Help Your Smile Look Its Best for the New Year
How about a brighter, whiter smile for 2023? Of course, getting a deep clean is the most important part of your checkup but it can also be a good chance to ask your dentist about cosmetic services like professional teeth whitening or veneers. By addressing any stains, chips, and gaps in your teeth, you can boost your confidence and allow you to enter into the new year with a brilliant smile!
Are you ready to achieve your health and financial goals this year? By taking the time to visit your dentist early in the year, you are giving your pearly whites and your wallet a chance to thrive in the upcoming year!
About the Author
Dr. Jamie Guthrie and her team are eager to help you keep your smile whole and healthy all year long! She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry and is an active member of several dental associations, including the American Dental Association. Any of your oral health needs can be treated through her full range of services, including preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency care. To schedule an appointment, contact her through her website or call (580) 224-9600.