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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Years Resolutions and Dental Health

New Year Resolutions
It's that time again, when everyone starts talking about their goals and ambitions for the upcoming year. According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions every year.

In 2014, the top ten resolutions included:
  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family
Any of those sound familiar? We'd like to suggest another item to add to that list for 2015: Get on Top of my Dental Health. More and more often, research is showing links between dental and overall health. Check out our blog for specific diseases and conditions that poor oral health can contribute to.

Has it been years since you've been to the dentist? Do you have a recommended treatment plan in hand that you've been putting off? Have you been longing for a smile overhaul and waiting for the right time to take the jump? Set a goal to make it happen in 2015. Finally getting that needed dental work completed will help you look and feel better. And, January is a great time to give your dental practice a call for several reasons:
  • The crowds have died down. Getting into your oral health care professional towards year's end can be a pretty competitive endeavour. There is always a rush of patients trying to utilize remaining FLEX spending dollars and fully apply dental benefits by the end of December. This combined with the lack of school schedules and vacation days from work make for booked dental offices and few available appointments. When the New Year rolls around, scheduling becomes more open and you are more likely to be able to get the appointment times most convenient for you and your family.
  • Your annual maximums reset. Most insurance companies operate on a calendar year. That means, in January, you have a new dollar amount of dental benefits to be used. If you've been putting off a filling or crown because you'd already reached your yearly limit with your insurance - now is the time to finish up those procedures. You can call your insurance company or your dental office to find out more about specific allotted amounts your plan provides and how to maximize those benefits.
  • Incentives. Many dentists offer special promotions and deals for both new and established clientele at the beginning of the year. Check out their website, watch for mailers, or call and talk to your dentist to see what types of coupons or incentives they might be offering to help you get treatment completed at an even greater value.
  • Make it a priority. It's very easy to fall into the mindset of putting off a trip to the dentist for yet another month. However, as the year progresses- life gets busier, unexpected circumstances and planned purchases come along and funds that had been originally allocated to improve your oral health get diverted in other directions. The longer dental issues are left untreated, the more likely they are to progress into more serious problems. A healthy mouth is a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to your physical health and well-being. To get on top of your dental health as soon as possible, make arranging a visit to your dentist a priority as you plan your new year.
Research shows that "people who explicitly make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't." As you comprise your ambitions for 2015, we hope you will consider the importance of your oral health and the benefits that a healthy, bright smile offers. Then, aim to improve yours in the upcoming year!