Maintaining oral health
Visiting the dentist every six months may seem complicated, but it’s easier than you might think. Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups can help identify health issues early.
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 into 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.
You won’t be asked to pay for your dental appointment at the dental office. Healthy Michigan Plan members may be billed a small co-pay for their visit through their MI Health account.
Visiting the dentist may look a little different if you haven’t had an appointment in a couple of years. Many dentists are taking extra precautions to protect your health. It’s important to go to the dentist even if you don’t notice anything wrong.
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
For these reasons, it’s important to see your dentist twice a year — even if there are no obvious problems or you no longer have your natural teeth.
Make it a habit to schedule and keep regular appointments with your dentist. 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.
Dental services are a covered benefit for Healthy Michigan Plan members and pregnant members 21 years and older. Pregnant women under 21 are covered by Healthy Kids Dental benefits. 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.