What to expect at the dentist
Visiting the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings, X-rays and other needed services will prevent pain and discomfort in the future when small problems, if left untreated, could turn into larger problems or even dental emergencies.
A routine dental appointment lasts approximately 30 minutes. A dental hygienist will look in your mouth and determine if X-rays are needed. They will gently scrape away any plaque, clean your teeth with an electric toothbrush and apply dental floss. The dentist will take a final look at your teeth and determine if a second appointment is needed to fill cavities or provide other needed services.
Regular dental exams can:
- Find problems with your teeth and gums before they cause pain and are costly to treat
- Help you maintain your dental health
- Spot warning signs of medical conditions in the mouth unrelated to your teeth
- Establish a place to go if you have a dental emergency
Taking action now may help you avoid major issues in the future. Be sure to schedule your next appointment before you leave the dentist. Add the appointment to the calendar in your phone and block a bit of time before and after for your commute.
You won’t be asked to pay for your dental appointment at the dental office. Healthy Michigan Plan members may be billed a small copayment for their visit through their MI Health account.
For help finding an in-network dentist in your area, visit Find a Doctor, then click Find a dentist.
Form a positive, lasting relationship with your dentist, who is there to support you in maintaining a smile you can be proud of.
For additional information about your dental services, download our Blue Cross Complete Dental Guide (PDF). The guide provides information about:
- Dental coverage for members 21 and older and Healthy Michigan Plan members
- Finding a dentist and scheduling a dental visit
- Dental emergencies
- No-cost transportation services