October 3, 2018
Did you know that Americans miss out on $152 billion in dental benefits every year? It’s true. The average person with insurance receives only $323 worth of dental treatment each year, but $1,250 is the average annual maximum for insurance plans. That means that millions of Americans are reaching the New Year with hundreds of dollars in unused benefits. Don’t let your hard-earned dental dollars go to waste! Read on to discover why you should use your benefits before January 1st from your dentist in Michigan City.
Happy Wallet (Use Your Benefits)
Do you like saving money and staying healthy? An easy way to do both is to use up your annual maximum—the maximum amount your insurance will pay for dental treatments. These dollars don’t roll over into the next year, so if you haven’t used your maximum, you’re missing out on benefits you’ve earned through paying premiums year-round.
It’s time to take control of your dental dollars. You don’t want to pay for benefits without even using them. Most insurance plans cover 100% of your preventive care, like checkups and cleanings. You should cash in on these paid-for services to utilize your benefits before they are gone in the wind with the passing year.
Healthy Smile (See Your Dentist)
Prevention is also your best defense against more serious oral health issues. Checkups and cleanings give your dentist a chance to catch issues while they are small. This means less out of pocket expenses down the road for more serious treatments, and it means that you’re keeping your oral health in tip-top shape.
During these checkups and cleanings, your dentist will be able to check your gums, teeth, bite, and more for any issues. With gum disease being the leading cause of tooth loss in the country, it’s always important to have an expert look at your gums and mouth. Your dentist will also take X-Rays to check for any dental problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
All of these preventive measures keep you healthy, but they also prevent you from making big out of pocket payments for more serious procedures. For example, an untreated cavity can turn into a much more expensive root canal if the decay isn’t caught and fixed during a preventive visit.
If you have dental insurance, get what you’re owed! Since you already pay money out of each paycheck for dental benefits, use them or lose them. With the year coming to a close, have you had your two preventive appointments? Schedule a visit with your dentist for a happy wallet and a healthy smile.
About the Practice
Dr. Valerie Haughtington and Dr. Vidas Noreika are a team of dentists who love providing quality care to their patients in Michigan City. They are in-network providers with most major PPO plans, which is why they want you to use your benefits before they are wasted. They currently practice at Edgewood Dental, and they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (219) 898-4545 for any questions.
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