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Reasons to Schedule a Dental Checkup Early

January 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddfamilyteam @ 4:09 pm

Dentist appointment circled on a calendar Brushing and flossing are your first lines of defense against common dental problems, but they aren’t enough to keep your mouth healthy. The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup twice a year. As you focus on your New Year’s resolutions, keep a dental checkup at the top of your list. Here are 5 reasons to schedule your semi-annual cleaning and checkup early in the year. 

1. The Holidays Are Bad for Dental Health

The holidays are a busy time of the year, which means you might have let your oral hygiene slide during the last few weeks. Not to mention, you’ve probably snacked more often and indulged in sweet treats. A cleaning and checkup will ensure the holidays haven’t led to enamel loss or gum inflammation.

2. Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease

Preventive dental services stop many common oral health problems from occurring, like tooth decay and gum disease. Your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup missed by brushing and flossing. They may perform other preventive services, like fluoride varnish to strengthen your enamel.

3. Benefit from Early Detection

Your dentist will examine your mouth and review X-rays to look for anything concerning, like decay, gingivitis, or oral cancer. They can detect issues while they are small, so you’re less likely to need costly dental work later.

4. Prevent Dental Emergencies

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans suffers a dental emergency annually? Accidents and trauma aren’t the only cause. Many dental emergencies result from untreated issues, like decay or a failing restoration. Research has shown that $1 of preventive dentistry can save $50 on restorative and emergency fees. You’ll ensure a dental emergency doesn’t interrupt your day and save money down the road.

5. Maximize Your Dental Insurance

Your dental insurance benefits reset at the beginning of the year. Your policy includes 100% coverage for preventive dentistry for a co-payment. After meeting your annual deductible, your insurance can pay 50% to 80% of medically necessary treatments, like fillings, gum disease treatment, and dental crowns. You can invest in optimal oral health for minimal out-of-pocket expenses.

It’s never too late to commit to your dental health. You can invest in a healthy smile and better overall wellness by visiting your dentist early in the year.

About Dr. Durga Devarakonda

Dr. Devarakonda earned her dental degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has continued her education in many specialties to treat patients of all ages. She is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and many other professional organizations. Request an appointment through her website or call (972) 919-0540 to schedule a cleaning and checkup.

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