Why Dental Benefits Focus on Preventive Care

Posted on July 9, 2016 in Dental benefit information

One word explains why dental benefits work: prevention. Most dental disease is preventable, which is why dental benefits are designed to help keep your mouth healthy, so you won't develop serious oral health problems.

To promote preventive care, many dental plans cover all or most of the cost for routine dental checkups, including cleanings and exams, and deductibles do not usually apply to these services.

At a routine checkup, your dentist can diagnose and treat dental disease early on, saving you from more costly dental procedures down the road. In addition, this care can help prevent poor oral health that can affect the way you eat, smile and talk.

By regularly using your dental benefits you can improve both your oral and overall health. Preventive checkups not only help your dentist identify and intervene early to prevent serious dental issues, but more than 120 diseases have symptoms that can also be detected early during a routine exam.

Dental ScoreFind out if you are at a higher risk for dental disease by taking Delta Dental of Illinois' free online risk assessment at youroralhealthhub.com/whats-your-dental-score/. If you are at high risk, you may benefit from additional preventive care services that may be covered by your dental plan. Take the assessment and share your results with your dentist at your next appointment.

Along with regularly visiting your dentist, keep up good daily habits, like brushing, flossing and eating healthy in order to properly care for your smile.

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