The Value of Dental Benefits
Take a closer look at your dental benefits and you'll see that while they offer financial value, they also have worth to which you can't attach a dollar amount.
How do dental benefits help you save money at the dentist?
Well, they often cover preventive care, like dental checkups, entirely and help you pay for other procedures, lowering your out-of-pocket costs overall. Aside from sharing the costs with you, dental benefits also help you save by providing access to network dentists who have agreed to reduced fees that are lower than what they typically charge. Without dental benefits and the lower rates agreed upon by your dentist and dental benefits carrier, you could be paying the dentist's regular fee completely out of your pocket.
How does dental coverage benefit you in other ways?
Going to the dentist can have a real impact on both your oral health and your overall health. Studies have shown that people who have dental benefits are more likely to go to the dentist. Furthermore, people who visit the dentist regularly report having better oral health – and are almost twice as likely as those who don't visit the dentist to report better overall well-being.1
Dentists can also screen for a number of other health problems at regular appointments, from oral cancer to heart disease and diabetes. The early detection of diseases like these is key to treating them and minimizing their effects, preventing them from becoming more severe – and more costly to treat.
From saving you money to contributing to your overall health and well-being, the value of dental benefits can't be underestimated.
1 Delta Dental of Illinois Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, 2016.