Scott Levine, D.D.S
Call (510) 526-8811
Imagine this: a homeowner, to save a few dollars, decides the roof shouldn't be repaired, the broken windows replaced, the leaky pipes fixed. Think that's the best way to protect such a valuable asset? Of course not.
Yet many people put off caring for the most important asset they have - their health - because of economic reasons. Penny wise and pound foolish, wouldn't you agree?
When it comes to payment for treatment, your dentist's office is committed to helping you comfortably manage your treatment and dental costs through a variety of options.
Their first concern is - always - the state of your oral health. They start by evaluating your current and future needs, and then creating an individualized treatment plan. You may be given a detailed description of their recommendations, plus an estimate of the dental fees that may be incurred.
If you're covered by dental insurance, they will map a plan to achieve the most benefits possible from your carrier. For instance, they may plan to have treatment spread over two "insurance years" to take full advantage of your available benefit dollars.
While you are always responsible for your total obligation (even if insurance benefits result in less coverage than anticipated), your dental office is available to work on an individual basis to develop a dental financing program that makes sense.
Remember that your adult teeth are the last natural set you will ever have. Economics should not stand in the way of preserving and protecting them.
Don't Forget to Floss!
Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria can hide between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line.
Visit Our Office Regularly!
Take good care of your smile. Remember to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Mouthwash Is Important, Too!
Brushing and flossing may not be enough. The ADA now recommends using an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.