Many popular game shows require contestants to complete tasks, such as an obstacle course, before time expires. If the contestants fail, they may lose or maybe get slime poured on them. Think of using this year’s dental benefits as a game, without of the fear of being slimed! Your dental benefits expire at year-end in use-them-or-lose-them fashion. You don’t want to lose the value of your dental care benefits when your teeth and gums need a check-up every six months anyway.

Your Best Move: Regular Dental Cleanings

Your dental health depends on good care. At home, you brush and floss daily, at a minimum, to keep your mouth healthy. Dental cleaning goes beyond what you can do at home with a thorough cleaning of plaque and debris, some preventive measures to keep teeth strong, and an examination of your teeth and all parts of your mouth. If anything looks unusual in your mouth, the hygienist is often the first to see it. That’s why it’s important to visit your dental professionals every six months as part of your dental care routine.

The dental hygienist can help to spot cavities and take x-rays to further diagnose any suspicious findings. More serious conditions can be found. Abnormal spots or patterns on your teeth, gums, lips, tongue or cheeks can indicate autoimmune conditions, infection, and certain diseases such as diabetes and oral cancer. Beating the buzzer on finding and treating these conditions is critical, providing more than enough reason for twice-a-year dental cleanings.

Playing to Win

Sometimes, people don’t like going to the dentist because it isn’t pleasant or it takes too much time. This is short-term thinking. In the long run, if you don’t take care of your mouth, you’re likely to have future trips to the dentist for repair work and treatment.

Another reason to see your dentist is money. If you’re paying for dental insurance, then you’ve got some monetary benefits available to you that may expire when the year ends, which means you’re likely throwing away money. Plus, a regular dental visit can help prevent more expensive visits down the road, meaning that’s money you’re saving.

If you have an appointment with us, we can check with your insurance about your remaining benefits ahead of your visit. If you need to make a dental cleaning appointment with us, call our Long Beach dental office now and let’s find a time that works for you!

Call us at 562-434-6414 or request an appointment here.