2017 is coming to a close, and with it ends this year’s insurance benefits for Tulsa teeth cleaning. The NADP (National Association of Dental Plans) reported that seventy-seven percent of the U.S. population had dental insurance at the end of 2016. The CDC reported that sixty-eight percent of the population (aged two and up) visited the dentist, at least once, in 2015. Not allowing for the population shifts between 2015 and 2016, that means that nine percent of the U.S. population had dental insurance but didn’t schedule a single dental appointment. That might seem like a small amount, but even a small percent can be a substantial number when dealing with something as big as a country’s population. Currently, the U.S. has close to 327 million people. If seventy-seven percent of them have dental plans, and nine percent of them don’t use them, that means there are over twenty-two million people who aren’t taking advantage of their dental insurance. That’s an even more staggering number when you consider that these benefits are already paid for.
Americans like to get their money’s worth, but this is one area where we’ve accidentally bamboozled ourselves. It’s not that we’re robbing ourselves of money, but of health. Along with daily brushing and flossing, a twice-yearly Tulsa teeth cleaning is the best way to ensure good oral health. Regular appointments are the number one way to identify and prevent oral health complications. With many oral health complications, by the time the symptoms are strong enough for a person to realize that something has gone wrong with their oral health, the problems have already grown dangerous.
When you come in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning, the dentist will also exam your oral health and make sure that no such problems are lurking unseen. If you schedule a Tulsa tooth cleaning, get that examination, and the dentist does identify a problem, then you are in the best place imaginable for that situation. On-site, holistic services make nearly any problem something that can be taken care right at Tulsa Modern Dental. On those occasions when an outside specialist is going to be the best thing for the patient, you can rest assured that our tooth cleaning dentist maintains strong connections with the professional dental community and the specialists that it offers.
The takeaway? Benefits packages are only beneficial if you use them. You’ve spent all year paying for your dental insurance; make sure to use it before it’s too late. Regular teeth cleanings and preventative oral health care are the number one way to keep your teeth healthy, and avoid potentially dangerous oral health complications. Many people find visiting the dentist to be stressful, but at Tulsa Modern Dental you can feel at ease in a warm and soothing environment that was designed with patient care and comfort above all else. Worried about out of pocket cost? Give Tulsa Modern Dental a call and let the experts query your insurance provider. They’ll find the best way to get you the most for the least out-of-pocket cost. If you haven’t seen a dentist yet this year, call Tulsa Modern Dental to schedule a Tulsa tooth cleaning today!