Healthy teeth and a healthy smile play an important role in your overall health. Staying on top of your dental health and putting your dental benefits to good use will help prevent more serious, and costly, dental issues down the road.
One of the biggest advantages of having dental insurance is the preventative care it includes, such as routine dental exams and teeth cleanings, which are vital to lowering your risk for cavities and gum disease. And when you come in for your preventative care, your dentist will also suggest on-going wellness strategies to keep your good oral health on track. It is a new year, which gives you another opportunity to take good care of your teeth and smile.
Here are 3 things you can do to put your preventative dental care benefits to work this year.
- Review Your Insurance Benefits – If you switched to a new plan, familiarize yourself with what it offers, including the annual maximum and its deductible. Your deductible is the amount you must pay before expenses are covered by your dental benefits plan. Knowing these amounts will help you plan for any needed dental work you or your family may need beyond exams and teeth cleanings. Didn’t switch to a new plan? Changes in health care plans occur every year, so it’s a good idea to verify if anything changed or was updated in your existing plan.
- Schedule Your Dental Exams Early – Don’t wait until the year is almost over to come in and see us. Take advantage of your benefits to utilize preventative services like routine check-ups and cleanings. Scheduling early will help you maintain good oral health and it will also alert you to any other dental work you may need. Have family members? Schedule them now so that everyone gets on the calendar this year.
- Review Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – You may have selected a FSA or a Health Savings Account (HSA) during the open enrollment period. These healthcare plans that reduce an employee’s income tax liability so that they can apply pre-tax pay towards the payment of qualifying dental services, like fillings, sealants, crowns or other dental treatments. If you have one of these plans, please verify with your FSA or HSA provider for the types of dental services that can be reimbursed.
Staying on top of your routine preventative dental care this year will help you stay healthy, as well as keep any dental treatment surprises, and costs down.
Put your benefits to work towards your preventative care – Call us at (206) 524-1000 to save the best dates and times that work for you or schedule online.