Starting Fresh—Why the Beginning of the Year is the Perfect Time for a Dental Checkup

December 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — erindental @ 10:09 pm
Patient sitting in the dentist’s chair

It’s fair to say that there’s never a bad time to get a dental checkup. No matter how diligent you are with your hygiene, there are likely places in your mouth that you aren’t able to reach on your own, and that you may need the help of a dentist to properly sanitize.

While anytime is just fine to pay your dentist a visit, one could argue that early in the year is the best time to come in for a checkup. Here are a few reasons why that’s the case.

No Need to Meet Deductibles

Dental insurance has a few quirks of its own, but one thing that it shares with most medical plans is the concept of the deductible. In many cases, it’s necessary to pay a certain amount out-of-pocket before your dental plan will cover any amount of care.

In many cases, preventive care is an exception to this rule. It’s unlikely that most people have met their deductible this early in the year, so a checkup is an opportunity to still see your dentist without having to pay too much out-of-pocket.

Making the Most of Your Benefits

Speaking of insurance, did you know that Americans as a whole leave billions of dollars of dental benefits on the table every year? If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you might be dealing with an oral health problem that you can’t deal with completely before the year elapses.

Seeing your dentist early in the year allows you to check on the quality of your smile, discover any problems that are ailing you, and make full use of your dental benefits.

Get it Out of the Way

It’s recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. This allows you to make sure that your teeth are in good condition and that there aren’t any areas of your mouth that you’re accidentally neglecting.

If you have a bit of extra time at the beginning of the year, there’s no reason not to get your dental checkup out of the way. Give your dentist a call—they’ll be happy to see you!

About the Author

Dr. Erin Peters knows that not everyone is a fan of the dentist, so she makes it a point to get to know her patients’ particular needs and to ensure that they’re as comfortable as possible. That personal attention sets her apart from others and makes even the most apprehensive patients happy in her office. Dr. Peters received her degree from the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, and in the years since has spent dozens of hours expanding her clinical expertise.

If you have any questions about your next dental checkup, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (201) 641-9119.

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