In order for us to be as healthy as we can be, we need to look after every aspect of our wellbeing, and that includes our teeth. Unfortunately, dental care is something that is often overlooked by many people in favor of more ‘obvious’ ways to keep ourselves healthy. Nevertheless, failing to take proper care of our teeth can have major consequences. If the prospect of toothache and struggling to eat and drink isn’t enough, if your dental health suffers, you could suffer from staining and discoloration, cosmetic damage and even tooth loss that affects the way your smile looks to those around you. Studies have also found that patients with poor dental hygiene are more likely to develop periodontal disease, an inflammatory condition that happens when the gums become inflamed and infected due to poor brushing. Other research has also discovered a link between periodontal disease and chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disorders and stroke. This means that if you don’t take proper care of your teeth, you could put your general health at risk.
Regular dental visits provide your professional with an ideal opportunity to monitor the health and condition of your teeth. This means that any developing dental problems can be identified and treated early, before they start to cause painful and debilitating symptoms and before they become tricky and expensive to treat.
Unfortunately for many people, the cost of regular dental visits means that they just aren’t a priority when there are other bills to juggle. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you have to go without vital dental support from an experienced and compassionate dentist.
If you are struggling with the cost of dental care, you may be eligible for Medicaid.
Medicaid is a federal and state program that assists with medical costs for some patients who have limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers some benefits that are not normally covered by the other government insurance program – Medicare. This includes nursing home care and personal care services. Another very valuable element that is covered is dentistry services.
The exact coverage with Medicaid for adults does vary by state, so it is important to check that your treatment that you need will be covered. However, many people find that some of the key dental services that they need are included in their Medicaid benefits.
To find out if you are eligible for Medicaid, contact your state Medicaid offices.
If you are looking for an Arlington dentist that accepts Medicaid, Gorgeous Smile can help. We are now accepting Medicaid, meaning that we can extend our expert care to patients who might otherwise feel that their finances excluded them from quality dentistry. To schedule your appointment, contact our friendly dental team today.