Why Dental Insurance?

  • Author: Eric Graham

Sometimes we can easily spot ways to save money in our day-to-day lives. Other times, a helpful tip can make a big difference. Did you know that good oral health can save you money and improve your overall health? And did you know that having a dental plan helps you do all three?  Americans with dental benefits are more likely to go to the dentist, receive preventive care, and experience greater overall health. That’s the value of dental insurance.

Eighty-five percent of Americans believe oral health is very or extremely important to their overall health, according to a survey from Delta Dental, and about 78 percent have dental coverage. Learn more about how preventive dental care, good oral health, and dental insurance go hand-in-hand:

It makes dental care more affordable

While it’s important to brush and floss well, regular visits to the dentist are also necessary. Because dental insurance focuses on prevention, many services like exams, cleanings, and X-rays are covered at 100 percent. And preventive exams from the dentist ensures things are addressed before they become a costly problem.

Dental insurance also helps reduce out-of-pocket costs for many procedures by cutting down on what you pay. Without dental insurance, you would be responsible for the full cost of treatment.

Delta Dental helps you save even more because we negotiate lower fees with our in-network dentists. 98 percent of South Dakota dentists are in our network, with 150,000 dentists participating nationwide. That makes it easy to find cost-saving dentist and see the value of dental insurance.

The savings can add up

See how annual dental care costs start to add up for a family of four without dental insurance. Each family member should visit the dentist twice annually for preventive care. This example also includes a cavity filling.


* Plan premium and dental service fees are for illustrative purposes only. Premium rates are dependent on your plan. ** Check your specific plan details, as preventive coverage may vary.

You’re more likely to get the care you need

Families and individuals with dental insurance are twice as likely to get preventive care as compared to those without it. And people who develop more complicated oral problems are more likely to skip needed treatments due to cost if they don’t have dental insurance. Mostly untreated and often preventable oral diseases result in more than 2 million emergency room visits nationwide each year. 

You’re more likely to avoid future dental problems

When you schedule regular preventive checkups, your dentist can detect problems early. This can help you avoid more costly and complex procedures, like crowns and root canals, down the road. In fact, for each dollar spent on preventive services, it is estimated that $50 or more is saved on more expensive procedures down the road.

It’s good for your overall health

Dental care is good for your smile and it has a positive effect on your overall health. Some costs and savings don’t show up right away in the form of money saved today. Studies show that oral health conditions like gum disease are linked with many chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and pregnancy complications. 

During an oral exam, your dentist can potentially detect signs in the mouth of more than 120 diseases, including oral cancer. This can lead to earlier, less costly and even life-saving treatment.    

And when oral diseases go untreated, it can lead to problems with eating, speaking, learning and productivity for children and adults.

It’s good for your well-being

Your oral health affects your day-to-day sense of well-being.  1 in 4 South Dakotans report they have anxiety or feel embarrassed because of the condition of their mouth and teeth. Many say they avoid smiling and reduce social participation because of their oral health. A smile is not only important for your self-esteem and confidence, but the simple of act of smiling has shown scientific evidence of having a positive effect on overall happiness even when you don’t feel like smiling, even boosting immunity against disease in your body. You can see the domino effect impact smiling has on our everyday life and overall health.

A smile affects every aspect of your life in a positive way. It will also impact the world around you in a positive way. A healthy smile is the gift that keeps on giving, to you, your body, and those around you.

Learn more about how preventative care can help you love your smile.

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