Use It or Lose It – Your Annual Dental Benefits

This is the time of the year when we do our very best to remind all our patients that the benefits year is winding down.  Depending upon your specific dental plans, your coverages will reset after December 31, 2020, and you may lose some dental benefits that would otherwise be coming your way.

This applies to all our current patients, any patients we haven’t seen in a while and new patients as well.  The following are most of the basics that are routinely covered by basic dental insurance plans. Your coverages may vary.

Your History

During the appointment, we will update all pertinent parts of your dental and medical histories. Specifically, we will want to know about any changes in health, any chronic conditions and any new or on-going medications you might be taking. We want to know about any health concerns you have or any anxieties or allergies that may concern you.

Your Teeth

Your teeth will get a thorough cleaning. We’ll start by removing all built-up plaque and tartar that collects above and below the gum line. Your teeth will receive complete flossing between and around every tooth to remove additional plaque or food particles. Finally, cleaning and shining of your teeth is completed with a polishing disc with a
flavorful taste.

The Exam

Now that your teeth are squeaky clean, it’s time to have a look at any problem areas in your mouth. At this stage, we check for the softening of tooth enamel and dentin. We are also on the lookout for the swelling of gums in any areas, any mouth sores, irritations or redness.

Dental X-rays

Somewhere in this process, we will make time for x-ray pictures of your mouth.  This helps our clinicians determine if there are any issues below the mouth’s surface. This imaging helps to show the visible parts of your teeth as well as the roots below the gum line and your jaw bones. We can then see exactly what conditions might exist and recommend oral care or future treatments as needed.

Remember to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth but can be effectively managed.

Here are some tips for good oral care at home:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. A toothpaste with fluoride is recommended.
  • Floss daily.
  • Use a mouthwash to help control plaque bacteria. This will also help to keep your breath fresh.

Routine dental care is always prompt, professional, and thorough at Lans Family Dentistry.  We will always go out of our way to help coordinate benefits to make sure you get all the healthcare dollars and reimbursements that are coming your way. Don’t lose important dental benefits!

Our dental schedules are filling up fast before the end of the year. Schedule your appointment now, and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.


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