4 Reasons to Schedule a Dental Checkup Early in the Year

December 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — thebloomcenter @ 2:10 am

Dentist appointment and toothbrush on calendar A new year is almost here! As you focus on your goals for 2024, don’t forget to keep your dental health as a top priority. Although you have the entire year to schedule a cleaning and checkup, here are 4 reasons to book an appointment early.

1. The Holidays Can Be a Bad Time for Dental Health

The holidays not only can cause a few inches around your waistline, but they can also affect your dental health. Sugary foods and drinks can increase your risk of decay. If you haven’t been brushing as well from the business of the season, your risk can be even greater. 

Scheduling a semi-annual cleaning and checkup will ensure there aren’t any untreated dental problems hiding in your mouth, like gingivitis or cavities. You’ll start the new year with a healthy smile.

2. Prevent Common Oral Health Issues to Reduce Dental Expenses

The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months to keep common oral health problems at bay, like cavities and gum disease. Preventive dentistry safeguards your smile to lessen the need for costly procedures later. 

Research has shown that every $1 of preventative dentistry can save up to $50 on restorative and emergency fees. With 1 in 6 Americans experiencing a dental emergency every year, you can lower your risk. You’ll safeguard your smile and save money down the road.

3. Improve Your General Wellness

Your oral and general health are connected. Various dental issues can affect your wellness, like gum disease’s connection to heart disease. A quick cleaning and checkup with your dentist can help you invest in a healthy mouth and body.

4. Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

At the start of the new year, your dental benefits reset. You have all year to use them, but less than 3% of Americans meet or exceed their annual limits. You could end up throwing hundreds to thousands of dollars away if you don’t maximize your dental coverage. 

Scheduling a cleaning and checkup now will get started. Preventive dentistry is covered 100% after a co-payment. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy for minimal out-of-pocket expenses.

It’s never too late to commit to your dental health. Keep a healthy smile at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list by scheduling an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning and checkup.

About Dr. Saba K. Abernethy 

Dr. Abernethy achieved her dental doctorate at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Continuous education is a priority for Dr. Abernathy to provide the most up-to-date services. She has earned a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor only 6% of U.S. dentists achieve. Request an appointment through her website or call (508) 876-3337.

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