Dental Benefits: Before the Year Ends

shutterstock_480798733With the coming of Fall, it becomes time to reflect that the end of the year is not as far as it once seemed. It’s the right moment to plan for the last few months of the year to make sure everything is taken care of, and your dental insurance is no exception. Most people have dental plans that last for the calendar year, with unused benefits running out come the first of January, which means that the money from 2016 that could be used to better your oral hygiene would quite simply expire.

It would be prudent to use these benefits while you have them, not only because it’s economical, but also because it gives you more opportunity to care for your oral health. To fully take advantage of any remaining benefits you might have, it’s best to begin booking appointments now and not at the last minute in December, as appointments will become harder to get as the end of the year draws near, and you might want to address something that requires multiple appointments.

The first step would be to familiarize yourself with how much money you have left on your plan this year which is allocated for dental. If you haven’t spent the full amount by the end of the year, that’s a waste of the money that you could’ve used on dental work. If you require treatment that you think will be more expensive than the money you have available, you could try to book the appointments for the very end of the year and into the new year. That way, you’ll be able to use whatever you have left on this year’s benefits, and also have access to the funds for next year’s insurance.

At the end of the day, it’s best to take care of any dental problems you might have as soon as possible, because the longer you put it off, the more chance that small problems will grow into larger ones. You’ll save money by seeing your dentist and taking care of plaque before it develops into more serious gum disease, which will require a more aggressive, and expensive, treatment than a simple cleaning.

In order to book an appointment before the end of the year, contact Elm Dental at 902-597-3831, or visit our website at and request an appointment. We’re here to look out for your oral health, and make sure you get the best treatment for your money.