Low Maintenance Mouths Still Need Dental Coverage and Preventive Dentistry

Posted May 2019

By Delta Dental of Arkansas

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A history of healthy teeth can get you thinking, “Why do I need dental insurance?” There are a few reasons you may not know. To put it simply, when you have dental coverage, you’re more likely to:

  • Save money,
  • Save time, and
  • Stay healthy.

Did you know that research has linked your oral health to your overall health and wellness? Many diseases also do the reverse and impact your oral health. There’s a definite cause-and-effect relationship our mouth has with our body. Use this as a major motivator to practice the best oral health habits you can. Having routine access to dental care allows your dentist to monitor how your oral health is progressing. Dentists have a history of identifying major health concerns in their patients.

For this reason, we sometimes referred to dental care as “preventive dentistry.” Preventive care means that you’re visiting your dentist twice annually or more. Brush daily for two minutes in the morning and at night and coupled with flossing. This keeps plaque, tartar, and infections like gingivitis at bay. So does your dentist. A dental visit gives you more than a brighter smile. You leave the dentist with less cavity-causing bacteria.

You’ll Be More Likely to Take Care of Your Teeth

When you have dental coverage, you’re statistically more likely to visit the dentist. Preventive dental care differs from how we treat our medical care. When we get a rash or break a bone, we see a doctor to fix it. But with dental care, a preventive approach is better. If we take care of our teeth daily, we don’t have to experience tooth loss, tooth decay, or even cavities!

Individuals with dental benefits are more likely to go to the dentist. 81 percent of individuals with dental benefits reported seeing a dentist twice a year or more. This drops by 58 percent when compared to uninsured individuals that see a dentist twice a year or more.

You’re More Likely to Take Your Children to the Dentist

Children with dental coverage are more likely to visit the dentist at an earlier age. Did you know you’re supposed to see the dentist by the age of 1? This can help instill proper oral health techniques and prevent cavities. In a Delta Dental study, the average insured child saw a dentist at two-and-a-half years of age. Uninsured children averaged around three years-of-age.

You’ll Experience Better Health and Happiness

People who visit the dentist more often have better oral health. If you have with dental insurance, you’re also more likely to opt for restorative and “tooth-saving” procedures. These include fillings, crowns, and root canals. And that means you’re well on your way to keeping your teeth longer! Studies prove that older adults with natural teeth have a better quality of life. They also have more self-confidence than those who have lost teeth.

When we don’t have good dental care, we can lose our teeth, especially as we age. We then progressively alter our food choices as the number of teeth we have decreases. Individuals with missing teeth report eating less of foods that are harder to chew. Preserving our natural teeth into old age keeps our bodies healthy. It positively impacts our self-confidence, too. Dental coverage is a significant factor in overall well-being. Americans who have dental coverage are 14 percent more likely to report high overall well-being than those without.

You'll Save Money

Dental benefits are essential to a healthy lifestyle. They allow for consistent preventive dental appointments. The American Dental Hygienists' Association estimated that for every $1 spent on preventive dental care, we save between $8 and $50. That’s because it prevents more expensive restorative or emergency procedures.

Even if you’ve never ever had a cavity, dental coverage is the right choice. It maintains a healthy mouth and prevents problems from developing. Or worse, going unnoticed. Having a large network of dentists through a trusted provider like Delta Dental saves your smile, health, and wallet.

As the nation’s largest dental insurance provider, Delta Dental has an extensive network of dentists for you to choose from. We contract pricing with our dentists, so you never have to worry about not knowing costs. Click here to check out our Delta Dental Cost Estimator. Input your zip code and understand the cost of a procedure before you even set foot in a dental office.

You’ll Have Quick Access to Dental Care

At Delta Dental of Arkansas, we’re all about helping you make the most of your dental benefits. Why? Because it leads to a happier, healthier you. With an extensive network of dentists in your area, our benefits make it easier to find the perfect dentist for your needs.

For information on what’s included in your plan, log in on our website. Don’t have a plan yet? Learn more about getting dental benefits.

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