With the end of the year coming to a close, you want to make sure you’ve taken advantage of your dental insurance. From meeting your deductible to getting your yearly cleaning, the end of the year is your last chance to use these dental services before your plan rolls over.
Learn more about using your dental insurance and other end-of-year dental services you should get scheduled. At First Hill Dental Center in Seattle, our team of dentists is here to help keep your teeth healthy. Make sure you schedule your end-of-year appointment soon or give us a call to with any questions you have about dental work.
Using Your Dental Services
There are a wide variety of reasons why you might have to make a trip to your dentist at the end of the year. Read through those reasons and see if you should be scheduling your dental services before December ends!
Take Advantage of Your Included Yearly Cleaning
Most dental insurances will encourage you to visit the dentist once a year by offering a free dental cleaning. Are you one of those people who avoid the dentist? If you haven’t gotten your free yearly cleaning, what better time to go than right before you lose your free cleaning?
If you’ve saved up your dental cleaning all year, make sure you take advantage of that free service before your insurance resets in the new year. On top of that, routine dental cleaning is an easy way to check for cavities and make sure you’re taking proper care of your teeth.
Dental Insurance Deductibles
Depending on what dental insurance plan you have, you might have a deductible to meet before 100% of your dental services are covered by the insurance company. If you’ve had a big year filled with wisdom teeth extractions or other dental services, you might already be at your deductible.
This is a great time to stop avoiding that cavity or second cleaning you’ve needed — especially if your insurance company will cover all of your costs.
Don’t have any work that you need done? Many people fall into the rut of going to their one free dental cleaning a year. But actually, most dentists recommend visiting the dentist every six months to help prevent cavities and spot other problems. If it’s been over six months since you — or your family — came in for a routine cleaning, schedule an appointment before your deductible resets!
Avoid Increased Fees
The new year might bring new dental visit costs as premiums and deductibles start to fluctuate. Right now, you know what to expect cost-wise when you visit the dentist. But the cost of your dental visit is dependent on a variety of factors, including how much your insurance plan will cover and the cost of dental tools and materials. If you’ve been putting off a trip to the dentist, or some dental work you’ve needed done, you might want to go before the end of the year. Otherwise, you might risk new fees or changes in your insurance once the new year starts!
Don’t Lose Your FSA
FSA’s, or flexible spending accounts, are a “use it or lose it” account types. That means that while you received pre-tax dollars to put towards your medical expenses, only $500 of those funds can rollover to the following year. If you’re sitting above that maximum, you might find yourself scrambling to use that money before it’s gone.
Have you been in recently for a dental cleaning? How about your spouse and children? If you have excess funds sitting in your FSA, it doesn’t hurt to bring the family in once more for a cleaning!
Fix Any Damage Now
When it comes to problems like cavities and gum disease, they have the potential to get worse if they are left alone. If you have a tooth or section of your gum that is already starting to both you, it will one get worse over time! Make sure you schedule an appointment now so you don’t destroy that tooth further and risk a distraction or bigger dental operation.
Stay Safe During the Season of Sweet
The end of the year brings a lot of holidays that are all centered around sweets. From leftover Halloween candy to pies, cookies, and candy canes, your teeth will start to notice the extra sugary foods. If you plan on indulging over the holidays — as everyone should — then take the extra step to make sure you’re keeping your teeth protected from all of that sugar. From a deep cleaning to tips for keeping the sugar from affecting your teeth, let your dentist help!
Make sure you schedule an appointment at First Hill Dental Center in Seattle before the end of the year!