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DEFINITION OF THE DAY
Dental Insurance: A plan that you can buy that helps you offset the cost of your visits to the dentist or can help if you’re in need of some serious tooth care.
Today we bring you good news about one kind of insurance you might not need. Here’s the DL on dental.
You might not need dental for routine care - If you are one of the lucky few endowed with healthy teeth that rarely rot, you might not need dental insurance. Insuring your pearly whites typically costs a monthly fee (your premium), and you cover part of the bill for some dental procedures each time you go to the dentist out of pocket. Unlike health insurance, tooth care tends to be fairly predictable. If you have healthy chompers and rarely get cavities, you may pay more for dental insurance than you would out of pocket. If this is you, consider skipping insurance.
It doesn't always help with big procedures - Big dental procedures hurt your mouth and your wallet, and insurance might not help. Take a peek at your annual maximum - this is the total amount the insurance company will pay for all your dental needs. If it’s only $1000 or even $2000 it might not cover the full cost of more expensive procedures. Many plans also make you spend a certain amount (called “hitting your deductible”) before they’ll start pitching in. That means that even for big expenses insurance might not save you much.
Company plans vary - Your company plan may be a good deal for you, or it may not. Pay attention to your monthly payment (premium), annual maximum, and the amount you cover per visit (your copay). Then think about your dental history, and decide who’s doing who a favor.
If you need insurance, buy it - If you are prone to root canals, have bad teeth genes, or are morally opposed to flossing, dental insurance might be right for you. Insurance companies are smarties, and typically dental insurance won’t cover major expenses for 6-18 months after you sign up, so if you’re cavity prone you should bite the bullet before things start to hurt your mouth and your pocket.
Get that dental discount - If you don’t get a good plan through your employer, and your chompers are in decent shape, consider a dental discount plan to save money. These are plans where you pay some money up front to get routine care covered for the year. Here’s an example from Humana.
Make sure the plan has what YOU want - Depending on your plan type, you might not get to pick your dentist. HMO plans (“health maintenance organization”) only let you pick from a specific list of dentists. PPO plans (“preferred provider organization”) let you pick your dentist, but give you a discount if you pick a dentist on their list. Indemnity plans let you pick and cover a percentage of your bill. Bottom line? If you love your doc, make sure your plan covers them.
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We hope that the “learn it” left you off the hook for dental insurance. But in case you still think you need coverage, check out this site to compare top rated quotes and features of several different plans.