With changes in healthcare regulations and ever-morphing insurance policies, it’s natural to search for ways to drive down the costs of dental and medical care. It may come as a surprise to you, but most dental insurance policies haven’t increased their maximum allowable benefits for nearly three decades.
Surprised? You might not be, when you take these three steps to save on your family’s dental care:
See Your Dentist Every Six Months
Prevention is key. Seeing a dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months will help you prevent issues before they start. Take gum disease as an example: skipping your cleanings for a few years can lead to permanent tooth loss due to ongoing bacterial infections.
Treat Problems Early
The sooner you get that cavity filled, the better. A small filling paid for out of pocket is still less than your deductible and co-pay would be for having a crown made later on. Plus, it prevents your decay from spreading to other teeth between checkups. It’s also better for your tooth to have a small restoration than undergo more involved treatment.
Get an Itemized Treatment Plan with Alternative Treatments
You deserve to know what options are available to you. Ask your dentist for an alternative treatment option whenever possible, so that you can choose the best one for your needs. From there, get a treatment plan that includes a breakdown of your insurance benefits built in. Using this information, you can plan on how much to plan on paying for out of pocket.
Need an affordable, yet quality-driven family dentist? Call Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry today to schedule your next visit with us!
Posted on behalf of Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry