The year Is Half Over…Are You Maximizing Your Dental Benefits?

Dentists understand how fast time flies. It is insane to think that half the year is already half over. While summer is busy, filled with fun, exciting times, it is also the perfect in-between time to ensure your oral health is up to par. Many clients come in for a mid-year dental cleaning or hygienic exam and find out there are more issues than they realized. Decay, cracked fillings, receding gums and grinding damage may require a separate appointment to address the situation before it worsens. The timing is ideal because it ensures that you won’t let a bit of your annual dental benefit go to waste. Book your dental checkup with Dr. Dague at Dague Dental Solutions of Davenport IA today to maximize your dental benefits. Discover more below:

Tips for Making the Most of Your Plan

The key with this type of coverage is to take advantage of any benefits before they expire for the year.

Prevention is better than cure both for your health as well as your pocketbook. Most plans typically pay 100% for preventive visits, so if you have not had one yet, this may be a good time to schedule one.

Start thinking about using your coverage early. During a dental appointment that’s over the summer or in the fall, talk to your dentist about what your dental needs are and what treatment you might need before the end of the year. (For example, a back-to-school appointment is a great time to bring this up.) Make any upcoming appointments early so you can take care of them before the holidays.

Once you’ve determined what your dental needs are, work with your dentist and benefits provider to figure out what is covered. Often, your dentist’s office will look into this information for you. You can also call your plan using the 800 telephone number on your identification card, or go to their website for information.

Don’t Ignore Dental Discomfort

Staying proactive in your oral health is vital for the health and well-being of your entire body, not just your smile. Removing plaque bacteria on a regular basis and maintaining regular dental checkups is the best way to ensure your teeth, tongue, gums and oral mucosa are in excellent shape. If anxiety is keeping you away, be sure to mention your concerns. Dague Dental Solutions is committed to your care and comfort. We offer a variety of sedation options to ensure that you are completely relaxed during your appointment. Read more about why it is important not to ignore your dental care below:

Dental Problems Can Worsen

By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later. Very often, when dental issues are ignored and left to develop, they end up becoming much worse than whatever the original issue was. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment to use those benefits. Discover more, compliments of Very Well Health

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ADOB Can Help You Maximize Your Dental Benefits

While it may seem like there’s still plenty of time in the year, don’t hold off on your dental treatment. You probably only have to check your busy calendar to see why: Vacations, birthdays, camping trips, work commitments and family time can suddenly fill every spare moment. It can be easy to let your oral health slide; however, the results can be disastrous. Take the following teeth cleaning tips into account to ensure that you are removing the most bacteria possible:

To make sure you’re getting the most out of each trip to the sink:

  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums while you brush.
  • Use gentle, circular strokes about a tooth wide.
  • Cover your whole mouth — outer and inner surfaces, and tops of your teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to scrape away bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Spend 2 full minutes on brushing.

Armentrout says she recommends electronic toothbrushes as a way to be sure you’re taking care your plaque. “They’re much more effective than manual brushing,” she says.

Clean between your teeth.

Your teeth aren’t the only places where plaque gathers. It also hides in the spaces between your teeth. Floss or other tools that reach that are key.

“Tooth brushing alone doesn’t remove plaque from between the teeth,” says Atusha Patel, DMD.

You should floss at least once each day. If wrapping floss around your fingers isn’t for you, there are other options that are just as effective, including:

  • Dental picks
  • Pre-threaded flossers
  • Small, straight brushes that fit between your teeth
  • Water flossers
  • Wooden plaque removers

There’s no right or wrong time to clean between your teeth, either. You can do it before you brush or after — or carve out time for a whole separate floss fest. Just make sure you do it. Discover more, compliments of WebMD

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