For the beginning of the year, we thought we’d start with an outlook for your dental health. You can use this plan for the year ahead to keep your smile, and your family’s smiles, healthy. It’s often the custom on January 1 to start a new perspective or set new goals. Consider making your dental health a part of that.
Review your benefit plan (or get a plan)
A good place to start is reviewing your benefit plan. Familiarize yourself with coverage, limitations and maximums. Notice the services listed under preventive, basic and major. There are many different designs of dental insurance plans, with many different variations, so it’s best to study your plan and call customer service with any questions, or discuss treatment plans with your dentist.
If you don’t have dental insurance yet, you can search for plans and pricing on Delta Dental’s Individual and Family Plans website.
Find a dentist
Maybe you already have a dentist, but maybe you’d like to look for one closer to home, or maybe you need to find an in-network dentist. Whatever the reason, if you need to find a dentist, try our provider search tool. You can find a dentist through our website or you can use our mobile app.
You will get the most out of your benefits with an in-network dentist. Delta Dental network dentists agree to accept predetermined fees, which are usually discounted from typical charges. They also agree to no balance billing, which means Delta Dental network dentists agree not to bill patients for the difference between the contracted fees and their typical charges.
Make an appointment
If you set the time and date, you’ll be more likely to go, right? Now that you have your 2018 calendar in front of you, plan accordingly, and pick days and times that won’t be at risk of a cancellation or postponement.
Commit to twice a day for two minutes
You’ve reviewed your insurance plan and you’ve got your dentist appointments set, now for the homework. Commit to brushing your teeth twice a day, every day, and for at least two minutes.
Brushing for two to three minutes allows enough time for the fluoride in your toothpaste to do its job. Also, two to three minutes is approximately how long it takes to brush every tooth.
Take care of any issues, before they get worse
If you’ve been delaying a dentist visit, or if you have some concerns or discomfort but have been pushing them aside, you can make this one of your resolutions – go to the dentist. Don’t wait anymore, it could make any issues worse and more costly.
Regular dental visits mean your dentist can address concerns early and treat them before they become serious. That’s why most plans cover 100 percent of the cost of preventive services like exams and cleanings.
According to a new poll, 20 percent of Americans plan to make improving their oral health a resolution and 15 percent will make going to the dentist one. We hope you’re part of that percentage, or we hope you will add to that number by following this dental health plan for 2018.