Looking after your teeth is one of those aspects of health that some people relegate to the position of afterthought. We’re all aware that it’s important, but time is tight and money often even tighter and so, if something is going to take a back seat in all of this, it’s often going to be the aspects of health that don’t immediately make you think of trips to the emergency room and – well, to be honest, you’re going to ignore a lot of things if you’re confident they won’t kill you.
It’s entirely reasonable to look at dental health as being secondary to the more immediate, obvious aspects of health that play on your mind in the more contemplative moments. Hopefully, even your dentist would agree that looking after your heart and keeping an eye on any potential symptoms of anything fatal would trump your teeth as a priority. But at the same time, the fact is that your teeth are a part of the balance of your body – and if they get bad, they can have serious knock-on effects.
So while you’ll want to make sure your medical insurance covers you for those dreaded acute problems that need to be met head-on, you’ll also want to be very clear on the importance of looking after your teeth. While you might not deem it necessary to pay out the big money for fancy dental insurance, it is a good idea to look at dental discount plans which, for a small outlay, can knock huge chunks off anything you need to pay for dental treatment.
There are people who argue that dental discount plans are unsatisfactory compared with dental insurance, arguing that they still leave an amount to be paid whenever you are treated. That’s true, but you are making a big saving on what you would pay. They say that you might not save as much on treatment as you pay for the plan, if you don’t have many appointments – but the same is definitely true of insurance, and you’re paying for peace of mind as well as treatment.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of dental discount plans, though, is that once you have them, you will pay a flat rate for any treatment; there’s no claims process so you won’t end up with an unexpected bill for part of your treatment. All you need to worry about is getting on with getting better – and knowing that you’ve got at least this one worry fixed.