January 28, 2022
The holidays are a busy time of the year. From traveling to hosting loved ones, there’s a lot to get done in a short period of time. But, once the holidays have drawn to a close, normal life resumes and things get hectic is a whole different way. Though visiting the dentist may seem like one more thing to put on your already heaping plate, there are many reasons why knocking your first dental checkup out at the start of the year is beneficial. Read on to learn what they are!
#1: Do It While You Have Time
If you have a busy schedule, the gap between the holidays and before you return to work, school, and other responsibilities can be the only free time you have for a while. That makes it the perfect opportunity to schedule appointments, including your first dental visit of the year. This will allow you to have your teeth cleaned and take care of any oral health issues you have without having to take additional time off or schedule appointments around other responsibilities.
#2: Catch Problems Early On
When cavities go untreated, the decay will continue to get worse and may eventually lead to a root canal or a tooth extraction. Additionally, if you wait too long to have your dentist treat your gum disease, the condition will worsen and may eventually lead to jawbone erosion, loose teeth, receding gums, and tooth loss. Seeing your dentist early in the year allows them to catch problems early on and treat them before they become more expensive and difficult to treat.
#3: Maintain a Happy, Healthy Smile
If you’re having issues maintaining your smile, your dentist can do an exam of your oral health and offer suggestions if there’s room for improvement. This can save you time and money later on by improving your oral hygiene routine at home.
#4: Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits
Your insurance deductible is the amount of money you need to pay out of pocket toward healthcare costs before any treatments are covered. Though many dental insurance plans cover two checkups and cleanings, dental insurance benefits often reset at the start of the year. This means you’ll need to meet your deductible again. Scheduling your first dental checkup of the year early on allows you to meet your deductible sooner so you can have at least a portion of treatments down the line covered by your insurance provider.
Now that you know why making a dental appointment at the beginning of the year is beneficial, reach out to your dentist to schedule your next visit. Your smile will surely thank you for it!
About the Practice
Dr. C.J. Landry and his team at Lapalco Family Dental are here to help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. They offer preventive services like checkups, cleanings, and X-rays to identify oral health issues early on and keep your smile looking its best. If you’re ready to schedule a dental checkup with Lapalco Family Dental or want to learn more about their service offerings, call their office at (504) 348-0080 or visit their website.
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