The Clock is Ticking on Your 2016 Dental Benefits
As the holidays approach and the year draws to a close, the last thing you may be thinking about is your dental benefits. But if you have remaining benefits for 2016, this is the time to use them before they run out. Do you need an exam or a cleaning? If you don’t think you’re due for a routine checkup, here are some oral health facts you should consider.
To keep your oral health in top shape, it is recommended that you have dental exams twice a year. If it’s been more than six months since you had an exam, having one now could catch problems you aren’t aware of. Remember that gingivitis, the early form of gum disease, can happen to anyone at anytime, and the earliest signs of it can be detected by a dentist during an exam. By the time you see symptoms at home, like swollen, reddened or bleeding gums, the gum disease has become more serious. The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat. Gingivitis can be completely reversed with just a simple dental cleaning. More serious gum disease involves more complex treatment.
Exams and cleaning, as well as necessary oral health services are usually covered by your dental benefits plan. Check with your plan provider to determine what is covered. Some cosmetic services like teeth whitening may not be; however, if you have cavities, missing teeth that need replacement or damaged teeth that need crowns; many of these services have the double benefit of cosmetic and oral health improvement. For this reason, they are often covered under your dental benefits package.
A visit to the dentist is also a great time to talk to the dentist and ask any questions you have. Let your dentist know if you’ve experienced any changes to your lifestyle or diet that could affect your oral health, or if you have any symptoms like painful teeth or gums, bad breath that keeps returning or changes to your teeth or inside of your mouth. It’s also important to keep the dentist up to date on your overall health, because health conditions can affect your oral health. You want to be sure that your dental patient file is up to date on your own health and your family health history as well.
If you would like to make an appointment for an exam or consultation, call Alabama Family Dentistry now. We have four offices in the Birmingham area: Warrior, Acton Road, Sumitron and Gardendale. We accept patients of all ages at all of our locations.