The insurance companies have done such a good job at getting the public to believe they need insurance benefits to visit the dentist that when those insurance benefits aren’t available to them, they often choose not to go to the dentist or follow through with treatment.
The problem that we’re always going to run up against as dentists is that people don’t realize how important routine preventive care is. Going years without seeing a dentist isn’t a problem in their minds, and if they find themselves without insurance or insurance that really doesn’t cover needed treatment and believe that dentistry is expensive, the majority of Americans are going to choose to skip routine care and necessary treatment.
Most uninsured patients and under insured patients operate under the philosophy that they’ll go to the dentist when something goes wrong in their mouths. When they get a toothache or chip a tooth, then they’ll call for an appointment. The problem, of course, is that pain doesn’t always accompany potentially serious problems.
The bacteria that are growing in the untreated mouth could be causing other health complications. They could be contributing to heart disease or diabetes. One disturbing fact: 7 out of 10 cases of oral cancers aren’t detected until the late stages, so even though it’s 90% curable when detected early, it has one of the highest mortality rates of all cancers. Why? I’d venture to say that this is in large part because 50% of Americans don’t have a dentist, and most physicians don’t examine any part of the mouth except the back of the throat.
The mouth is connected to the rest of your body and you need to get past what the insurance companies have done to dentistry since the passage of the “Affordable Care Act”. Talk to us to see what can be done. Don’t let your insurance company dictate your treatment.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341