Day-to-day care is just as important as your regular check ups. The best way to prevent expensive treatments is to brush and floss after each meal, or at least twice a day. To promote preventive care, many dental plans pay all or most of the cost for routine dental checkups, including cleanings and examinations.
Regular preventive care, early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid more costly dental problems that may develop or be worsened by lack of basic preventive care. For example, for non-preventive services, your share of the costs progressively climbs as the type of dental procedure becomes more involved. Many dental plans require a 20 percent coinsurance level if you need a cavity filled. More extensive procedures such as a root canal, crown, bridge or periodontal work (to treat gum disease) can require a 50 percent patient coinsurance level. The costs of such procedures can also be high in comparison to more basic services, sometimes costing upwards of $1,200.
Regardless of what kind of dental plan you have, avoid the costs and discomfort of major dental work and advanced dental disease by visiting the dentist for routine check ups and keeping up good daily oral hygiene habits.