October 25, 2018
When you visit your family dentist for semi-annual care, you stand to benefit from several things. Not only does it leave you with a professional cleaning and examination, but it also provides an opportunity to talk to your specialist about ways you can improve your oral health, which is valuable information to utilize in your everyday life. As you read further, find out 4 questions you should definitely ask your dentist, and learn why they are significant to your oral health.
Question #1 – Are My Gums Healthy?
It’s important to know the status of your gum health because their relationship to your teeth can be likened to that between soil and a plant. Just as the latter relies on healthy sod to grow strong so do your teeth depend on your gums.
One of the biggest threats to gum health is bacteria growth and if it gets out of control, it could lead to gum (periodontal) disease – the inflammation and irritation of the gums.
Question #2 – What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
This may seem like a super-simple question, but your choice of toothbrush should be based on your specific oral health needs. For example, if you have sensitive gums, your dentist will likely recommend you use the softest bristles available to brush with.
Question #3 – Is This Covered by My Dental Insurance?
Before you receive any type of dental care, you want to know about any obligations you may have. Thus, you should never feel shy about asking whether the care you’ll receive is covered by your dental insurance.
This offers the following benefits:
- Helps you plan accordingly to have the copay available
- Gives you a chance to explore any alternative payment methods
- Provides an opportunity to investigate other treatment procedures
Question #4 – What Services are Typically Covered?
Finally, it’s good to have an overall idea of what types of care are traditionally covered by dental insurance. This is vital to know because there are a multitude of dental procedures available and insurance companies have ways of classifying them for coverage.
While it’s best to speak with your dentist for clarification, here is an outline of how different types of procedures are covered:
- Preventive Care – Six-month appointments for cleanings and checkups are typically covered completely by your dental insurance.
- Basic Care – Common restorative procedures like root canals and dental fillings are considered basic care. Your copay will average around 20-30% of the total cost.
- Major Care – For more complex care like a crown restoration or dental bridge, you can expect to pay up to 50% of the total cost.
Again, you should still verify the above when you visit your dentist for care.
Protecting your dental wellness requires a team effort. By working with your local dentist, you can be informed and healthier!
About the Author
Dr. William Olafson is a compassionate and competent dentist who provides patients with enriching experiences when they visit for care. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Florida, he has remained committed to learning throughout his career, which is why he takes continuing education courses annually. To get answers to your questions and the expert care you need, contact Dr. Olafson through his website.
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