Why Regularly Visiting the Dentist is a Good Idea

A beautiful smile filled with pearly white teeth is an asset everyone wants. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what it takes to achieve such an asset or how to correctly maintain it. This is where a quick Google search comes in—one that involves simply typing in “individual dental.” In Utah, there are several individual dental plans that will allow you to visit the dentist to get your teeth checked and cleaned while you can rest easy knowing your individual dental insurance is covering the visit.
Why would you want to search for a dentist in Utah and why is it so critical to visit the dentist? To either get those pearly whites you’ve been dreaming of or to keep them as pretty and polished as they are now, of course! Regularly visiting the dentist is so smart and not just for aesthetic reasons. Each time you go, the hygienist will take x-rays to look for cavities and any other problems that aren’t visible on the surface. She will also check your gums for signs of gingivitis—redness, swelling, and bleeding. 

After doing a thorough check, she will then proceed to clean your teeth by scraping off plaque and tartar (which cause cavities) and then by flossing. The hygienist usually finishes by polishing all of your teeth’s surfaces. Essentially, regularly visiting the dentist keeps current dental problems in check and also keeps further (and more complicated) dental problems from happening. 

Once the cleaning process is finished, the dentist will come in and examine your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck for any signs of trouble, swelling, or cancer. Both the hygienist and dentist will then tell you what you need to do to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy till your next visit. For most people, that’s brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Ask them if you have any questions about proper brushing and flossing techniques.

How You Can Make That Dental Visit Happen

If you want pretty, healthy teeth that won’t cause you serious dental problems, you need to get individual dental insurance Utah has to offer so that you can get to the dentist ASAP. Many people don’t want the extra expense of paying for dental coverage every month, but what many people don’t know is that there is such a thing as affordable dental care. Utah is a great place to purchase dental insurance, not only because of the insurance providers here, but also because there are many affordable plans. If you’re still not convinced at this point to get dental insurance, here are some statistics that might do the job:
  • Those with dental insurance are more than twice as likely to visit a dentist on a regular basis than those without dental insurance
  •  44 percent of people without dental benefits said that lack of insurance was the biggest reason for not visiting the dentist
  • 81 percent of individuals with dental benefits said they visited the dentist twice a year or more, while only 34 percent of uninsured individuals said they visited the dentist twice a year or more

It’s pretty obvious that people with dental insurance visit the dentist more. They make it a priority because they know it’s important and they know their insurance will cover routine visits. Be one of those people. Make that dental visit happen by researching individual dental insurance in Utah. Ask friends and family who their favorite dentists have been. Ask yourself whether your teeth and smile and oral health are important to you. 

It’s also important to decide what kind of a budget you have for dental insurance. Also understand that if you decide to forego dental insurance and visiting the dentist, there are serious overall health effects. Research has shown that decayed teeth and gums can be bad for your heart because the infection in your mouth can spread throughout your body. Further research has also linked gum disease to diabetes, citing that the two sort of feed off each other. Bad oral hygiene affects more than just your teeth.

What You Need to Know When Getting an Individual Dental Plan

Although it’s important to get a dental plan as soon as possible, you don’t want to pick the first one you find. You need to do some research to find the best dental insurance for your situation. The trick is to understand your needs based on your age because, as one would expect, different age groups face different oral health problems. Also, if oral health problems tend to run in your family, you may have similar problems to your other family members. Here are some basic age guidelines for you to follow when picking out a plan:
  • If you're under 40, you most likely won't run into severe oral health problems. A basic plan that covers routine checkups and cleanings may be the way to go.
  • If you're over 40, you may start needing restorative procedures like root canals, crowns, or bridges. Consider a plan that will give you access to expert resources and that has lower deductibles and higher annual limits.
  • If you're over 60, you may be experiencing chronic conditions like periodontitis (severe gum disease). Look for a plan that helps manage expenses tied to more complex conditions.

In addition to analyzing your needs based on your age, always, always research the network that’s tied into the plan. Where are the in-network dentists located? What are their office hours? What’s the client satisfaction of the people who go there? Look into each dentist’s expertise and specialties. Make sure you understand the dental plan’s cost (including the premium). Once you are satisfied with the results you find, you can then move forward in picking an individual dental plan that will help you get to the dentist on a regular basis.

Contact EMI Health Today for Information on Our Individual Dental Plans

When it comes to individual dental in Utah, EMI Health literally has you covered. We offer a variety of plans that will fit your needs, and we can also talk you through the process so that you don’t feel overwhelmed or confused. We are here to help you. Whether you’re looking for dental insurance or group health plans, we’re the right people to talk to. Contact us today to get started on finding the right plan by calling 1-800-662-5851 or by visiting www.emihealth.com.