It’s a New Year and a New Decade, and here at Enlighten Dental Care,
we are very aware that many people do not have dental insurance.
According to the National Association of Dental Plans, around 23 percent
of Americans (74 million people) have no dental insurance, more than
double the amount that don’t have health insurance.
Many who lack dental insurance, avoid going to the dentist altogether. A recent American Dental Association survey found that just 30 percent of Millennials visit the dentist regularly — that’s 30 percent. Believe us, not visiting the dentist annually is absolutely the WORST thing you can do if you don’t have insurance. Why? Preventive care is much less expensive than treating the dental problems caused by not taking care of your dental health through regular check-ups and cleanings.
In an effort to make dental care more affordable to those without dental insurance, here is simple and straightforward advice that will give you the best possible chance of keeping your mouth healthy and avoiding the need for expensive dental treatments. Prevention is the most economical and longest-lasting type of dentistry on the market.
- We encourage personal responsibility in diet and prevention measures. Don’t smoke or vape. Avoid sugary sodas, sticky candies, and empty carbohydrates. Don’t chomp on ice, which causes teeth to crack and break, and be careful eating nuts. Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. We have many blogs on our website that deal with preventing tooth decay … read them!
- Routine dental hygiene maintenance, typically twice a year, goes a long way toward prevention and detecting any problems early. Our EDC cost for two adult routine cleaning with exams and appropriate X-ray is approximately $470 yearly.
- During routine check-ups, our hygienists can coach you on tips for home care reinforcement. Learning from our team of experienced hygienists — combined with brushing and flossing twice a day — goes a long way toward keeping teeth and gums healthy.
Simply following these three recommendations will eliminate much of the confusion and stress of attempting to pursue insurance coverage or reading the fine print of an in-office managed membership plans. At Enlighten Dental Care, we’d rather keep it simple and help you avoid undergoing expensive treatments because you waited until there was mouth pain before you went to the dentist.