How to Choose the Right Dental Coverage

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How to Choose the Right Dental Coverage

When it comes to dental plans, there's no "one size fits all" plan. In reality, there are so many different plans that can vary greatly by coverage, cost, brand, feature set, and more! While this might seem to complicate things, don't let it scare you! Choosing the right dental plan for you and your family can be really simple (and we're here to help!) Here's what to look for when choosing your plan.

Basic Coverage

Look for coverage that includes these three essentials: cleanings, exams, and filling & sealant coverage.

Cleanings
Regular cleanings help keep your mouth and gums healthy. Try to find a plan that covers 2 cleanings a year at a minimum, but we recommend getting 3-4 cleanings and exams a year to help keep up with basic dental health.

Exams 
At regular dental exams, dentists can identify a number of health issues. These visits keep teeth clean, allow dentists to offer instructions on regular brushing and flossing, and allow dentists time to check on possible cavities, gums, or other possible health issues. 

Filling & Sealant Coverage 
This is in case you or your children get cavities. While fillings and sealants can fall into different categories of dental care (For example, these might fall under 'preventive' for some plans but might be considered 'basic' or 'major' for other plans), having fillings & sealant coverage is important! 

Fluoride Treatments

If you have kids under the age of 14, consider fluoride treatments a minimum of once per year, though twice is preferable. Fluoride treatments are necessary for this age group because they stop the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth and help prevent cavities.

X-rays

Whether you're covering yourself or your family, look for X-ray coverage in your plan details. Annual X-rays can detect cavities and are used to see how a child's mouth is growing and determine if they need braces. 

Have a question? We’ve done the research and are here to help! To chat with one of our team members, you can call us at (888) 890-1944 or e-mail us at info@directbenefits.com.

Of note: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real-life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes. Again, speak to your doctor before using any form of medication - prescription or nonprescription drugs.