April 30, 2023
Tax season is almost over, which means you’ve probably received your refund. If the extra cash is burning a hole in your pocket, don’t blow it on a big-ticket item or lavish shopping spree. Instead, invest in yourself by improving your smile. Here are 3 ways to achieve healthy teeth and gums using your tax refund.
1. Schedule a Dental Checkup
92% of adults have had a cavity and 50% of Americans have gum disease. Although both issues are preventable, they are the leading causes of tooth loss.
Brushing and flossing won’t keep your teeth and gums healthy. You also need to see your dentist regularly. The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months.
With your oral health closely connected to your general wellness, routine dental care is more important than ever. However, money has been tight for many Americans, which means preventive appointments can get put on hold.
Don’t risk your pearly whites any longer. Use your refund to schedule a cleaning and checkup. If you have dental insurance, your benefits will cover 100% of preventative costs after a co-payment.
2. Treat Any Dental Problems
If your dentist has found any issues, like a cavity or failing restoration, don’t ignore the problems any longer. Delaying dental work significantly increases your risk of an oral health emergency.
Although you may never expect it to happen to you, 1 and 6 Americans have one annually. Many result from untreated issues, like cavities.
Your tax refund gives you the extra cash you need to schedule your procedure. Your dental insurance can pay up to 80% of the expenses of common restorative procedures after meeting your deductible.
3. Improve Your Smile
If you’re not happy with the way your teeth look, now is a great time to turn the smile of your dreams into reality. You can boost your self-esteem and enhance your professional image with cosmetic dentistry. You will improve your quality of life and career potential.
You have many options to address common aesthetic flaws, like discoloration or chips. As a result, there’s a solution to fit your budget, like teeth whitening, dental bonding, or veneers.
It is never too late to recommit to your dental health. Use your tax refund to support a healthy mouth and body. You will enjoy an investment that won’t sit on a shelf or become outdated in a few months.
About Dr. Kevin Shively
Dr. Shively completed his dental degree at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and has regularly pursued advanced education in various specialties, like oral surgery, root canals, and gum surgery. He provides patient-focused care using the latest innovations in dentistry. Request an appointment through our website or call (806) 425-1542.
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