The end of the year is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Now is the time to start thinking about that Christmas gift list and your party plans. You should also make sure you’ve taken advantage of every last dollar your dental insurance benefits provide. If you haven’t, then don’t waste any time—schedule a dental checkup or any other kind of covered treatment you or another family member needs. Your dentist in Columbia, Dr. Batson, wants you to use all of the benefits you’re entitled to receive so you enjoy the gift of a healthy and happy smile this holiday season.
Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
Chances are your dental insurance benefits run out at the end of every calendar year. So when January 1, 2018 rolls around, your unused benefits will simply disappear. Therefore, if you have dental insurance benefits you should use them over the next couple of months before they expire. After all, you had to pay the premiums for your dental insurance, so why not use all of your benefits?
Understanding Dental Insurance
Dental insurance and medical insurance do not operate the same because of one important difference: medicine tends to react to a problem while dentistry is designed to prevent problems.
Let’s compare. Say your son comes down with a sore throat and fever. You take him to the doctor and discover that he has strep throat. The doctor gives you a prescription for an antibiotic and in a couple of days, your child is feeling much better.
Now, we’re parents, too, so we know that you do your best to prevent your child from getting sick but can you actually stop strep throat, a cold or any other common childhood illness? That’s a tough one.
You can, however, prevent many dental and oral health problems for yourself and your children. With regular dental checkups, your dentist can spot trouble early before invasive treatment is necessary.
And that’s why dental insurance expires—when you know you have a deadline then you are more likely to get the job done! In this case, that job is sticking to a schedule of regular checkups and other services covered by your dental insurance benefits.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Philip A. Batson is a family dentist in Columbia, MO. He and his team offer a comprehensive menu of dental services including preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry as well as dental implants, sleep apnea treatment and emergency dentistry. Call the office today to schedule an appointment before the end of the year.