Use Your 2021 Dental Benefits

astoria dental benefitsOn December 31st, any remaining dental insurance benefits or health savings funds will expire, and you will have to wait a bit for your 2022 benefits to become available. Which is why recommend making sure you use what’s left before the hectic holiday season starts! In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist talks about using your benefits before you lose them.

Use Them Before You Lose Them!

You’ve earned and paid for your dental insurance benefits, so you use them all before they simply expire at the end of 2021, and leave you with a little time before your newest ones will be available to you. Likewise, many health savings accounts have funds that have accrued throughout the year that will again expire unless used. Our team can help toy find out what benefits you have, and how they can help pay for any treatments you may need, and how you will need to cover. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, just give us a call and talk to us. We would love to help you end the year with a healthier smile.

The Exam and Cleaning Process

Your exams and cleanings, whjch are often covered under most plans, are how we find out the state of your smile. The exam involves the use of digital x-rays and intraoral camera images to diagnose the smile and identify common issues like tooth decay, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. We can then create a treatment plan to address them. We will also screen for oral cancer, and watch for issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). In the same visit, we will also clean your teeth. The cleaning means we use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar, which helps keep teeth and gums healthy and strong!

Better Care at Home

In between your visit with us, you should make time to properly care for your smile. For example, be sure you’re brushing your teeth when you wake up and again before bed, for at least two minutes each session. These measures help prevent cavities and gum disease. You also need to floss every evening before bed too! Other helpful tips include avoiding tobacco products, and cutting back on sugary foods and drinks. If you have any questions about your coverage, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team for a checkup and cleaning today!

Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?

Good oral health means finding time to see the dentist every six months. To learn more about protecting the health and strength of your teeth and gums, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320. We want to help you maintain a strong and beautiful smile!