And just like that, 2021 is out the door! 2022, like every new year, provides a much needed fresh start for people and offers the perfect excuse to change things up to ensure a happier and healthier future. While this motivates many to improve their diet and exercise more often, one method of self-improvement is often overlooked because it is so simple: scheduling a dental checkup and cleaning early in the year. This offers many advantages compared to waiting until later, both for your health and your pocketbook.
1. Take Advantage of Your Renewed Dental Insurance Benefits
If you have dental insurance, you are likely entitled to two checkups and cleanings each year. With most plans, these preventive appointments are completely or mostly covered. Your benefits reset at the beginning of the year, so now you can schedule your routine visit while spending little to nothing out-of-pocket. Plus, taking care of yourself and looking after your dental health can provide a nice boost mentally to help you feel like you’re starting 2022 on the right foot.
2. Meet Your Deductible Early
Perhaps you have a dental issue that needs to be taken care of, like a cavity or broken tooth. If you come in for a checkup early in the year, this not only allows your dentist to take care of the problem before it becomes worse (meaning they can use more conservative and affordable treatments), but the money you spend will also help you meet your deductible early. This means you’ll have unfettered access to your benefits for the rest of the year, giving you the best possible opportunity to save as much as possible and maximize your plan.
3. A Quick Win
If you made a health-related New Year’s Resolution, it likely revolves around working out or eating better. While these are both excellent goals, the truth is that you probably won’t see the fruit of your labor until a few months go by. But with a dental checkup and cleaning, you can make sure your smile is healthy and enjoy the feeling of fresh, porcelain smooth teeth in less than an hour, giving you a confidence boost you can enjoy today. This improved mood can make it easier to maintain new habits, because a little victory leads to other little victories, which can eventually add up to a big win concerning your health and wellness.
Physically, mentally, and financially, getting a dental checkup early in the year just makes a lot of sense and can give you a definitive nudge in the right direction towards your bigger 2022 goals.
About the Author
Dr. Allan Mohr is an award-winning general and cosmetic dentist that has served the Massapequa Park area for over 25 years. A highly respected clinician, educator, and speaker, his expertise is well-known in the Long Island dental community and beyond, and he’s ready to help you enjoy brighter and healthier smiles in 2022. To schedule a checkup and cleaning at Smile Creations or ask any questions you might have, click here to get in touch with the team.