February 2019 Newsletter
If there is one thing that all Americans agree is a tedious process, it’s filing taxes. However, depending on your age, you just might find the whole process worth it. According to an analysis of IRS data conducted by Business Insider, over 2.4 million Tennessee residents received a tax refund with the average refund amounting to $2,726 for the fiscal year 2017, or tax year 2016. When you look at Spring Hill alone, it’s estimated that about 15,000 residents should receive a tax refund.
According to a survey of 1,001 respondents conducted by GoBankingRates on common decisions for spending tax refunds, researchers found that most people will be using that extra cash to pay off debt (27 percent), while the second most common decision went towards a major purchase such as a home or car (9 percent.)
As tax season approaches and you’re wondering what you’ll be spending your tax refund on, Family Dental Associates hopes that you take a moment to consider the current state of your oral health. Investing money into necessary treatments now has the potential to help you reap smile benefits that last a lifetime! In our latest newsletter, we’ll discuss options you should consider and what they can do for your long-term oral health.
In previous newsletters, we’ve talked extensively on the benefits of routine appointments. It’s no secret that regular appointments work to keep patients healthy. This is only further emphasized in the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 2015 household survey titled Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States. In it, 95 percent of those surveyed agreed that regular dental visits keep them healthy.
The beauty of routine checkups and cleanings is two-fold. For one, preventive dental care is among the cheapest you can receive. The other benefit is that routine checkups and cleanings are all you need to practice outside of your daily at-home care to maintain healthy teeth for life. Using your tax refund on yearly visits is the perfect way to kickstart that future and stop problems from developing.
Alternatively, those who are in need of treatment can take advantage of their refund and get it completed. All too often, patients will begin a treatment plan that involves restoring or replacing missing teeth, but then never finish treatment. Settling for temporary crowns or never following through on needed restorations can easily lead to significant problems later.
For example, a temporary crown can break and expose the damaged tooth underneath, while a cavity that initially needed a filling now needs a crown, leading to higher costs. If you have a large gap in your smile, a dental implant or bridge will prevent neighboring teeth from shifting and misaligning your bite.
With the help of a tax refund, paying for these treatments can become a whole lot easier. The sooner you complete your treatment plan, the closer you’ll be to achieving optimal oral health in 2019.
A healthy smile is often taken for granted, at least until problems start to affect your daily life. According to the ADA’s study previously mentioned, pain was the top oral health problem for young and low-income adults. Furthermore, 42 percent of low-income adults and 35 percent of young adults reported having difficulty chewing because of the condition of their oral health. Of course, these statistics don’t even touch on the effects that poor oral health has on people’s ability to smile or engage in social activities.
By putting money towards your smile, you’re not just working to resolve the problems that are currently present and affecting your quality of life. You’re also taking the steps to ensure your smile stays healthy for many years. If you’re one of the thousands of Spring Hill residents expecting a tax refund this year, investing that back into your oral health will only prove favorable down the road. Until then, the dentists and team members at Family Dental Associates wish you the best and hope to see you soon!