November 2016 articles

Be Thankful for Dental Benefits

article3-8-30-21-pmDental benefits may not be at the top of your list of the things to be thankful for this season, but having a healthy smile is definitely something to appreciate. Here are five reasons to be thankful for dental benefits from Delta Dental!

  1. Saving money! Visiting a Delta Dental network dentist helps keep your out-of-pocket costs low, since network dentists agree to pre-established fees. Delta Dental network dentists also can’t balance bill you for covered services (i.e., billing patients for the difference between their regular fee and the pre-established fee).
  2. Large networks. Delta Dental has some of the largest networks in the country, so there is a good chance your dentist is in one or more of our networks.
  3. Covered preventive services. Most Delta Dental plans cover preventive services such as exams and cleanings at 100 percent, meaning no out-of-pocket cost to you.
  4. Better overall health. Dental benefits improve your overall health in addition to your oral health. Studies show that people with dental benefits are more likely to visit the dentist, and people who visit the dentist regularly are more likely to report good overall health compared to those who don’t keep regular dental appointments.1 Your dentist may also be able to identify the oral symptoms of over 120 diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.2
  5. Enhanced benefits. Some plans include enhanced benefits that provide people who have certain health conditions with additional services, such as extra cleanings and exams.

1 2014 Delta Dental Oral Health & Well-Being Survey
2Steven L. Bricker, Robert P. Langlais, and Craig S. Miller, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning (Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1994).

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