Setting a goal to live a healthier lifestyle is probably one of the most common New Years Resolutions that people make for the year ahead and strive to achieve throughout the next 12 months. Typically this type of resolution focuses on goals such as eating healthier or quitting unhealthy habits like tobacco use.
Although your oral health may not be the first idea that comes to mind when you make a resolution to live a healthier lifestyle, we urge you to consider giving it some thought. Since both of the aforementioned goals have an impact on your oral health, your dental care professionals can help motivate you to stay on track. Getting on a regular dental check up schedule can help you maintain better overall health and go along hand in hand with achieving your ultimate goal.
During your regular dental cleaning and check up visits, your dental hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria on all surfaces of the exposed teeth. The hygienist will also use special instruments to clean below the gums to remove debris that cannot be reached during your regular home care. Removing all of this bacteria described is important to prevent it from entering your bloodstream and contributing to other health issues.
Following the cleaning, your dentist will check for cavities as well as oral cancer, and thyroid enlargement to help you maintain a good state of oral health and aid in early detection of other health issues. More often than you might think, a dentist is the first healthcare professional to recognize signs of other health issues that have oral manifestations such as diabetes, oral cancer, and stress problems.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to focus on both your oral and overall health. Most insurance plans renew on the 1st of January which provides a fresh set of benefits to utilize to help cover the cost of dental treatment. January is also a great time to sign up for a dental insurance plan if you don't already have one, so you have the whole year to utilize it and get the most out of your benefits.
If you do not have dental insurance, we advise you not to let that be a reason to avoid going to see your dentist. Most dental offices, including ours, have options to help patients pay for treatment. We understand that paying for regular dental visits may be hard to fit into a budget. However, if you think in a long term perspective, seeing your dentist regularly can actually save you money. Having a problem recognized in the earlier stages and preventing the spread of larger oral and overall health problems is less costly.
For more information about the payment options available at our office click the New Patients tab above. You will find information about our in house Gold Card Savings Plan, as well as other options available to you.