Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for our overall health, which is why most employers make sure to include dental plans in their employee benefits packages. Even if you follow a diligent oral hygiene routine, it is always good to take advantage of your dental benefits to be certain there are no surprises. Your dental hygienist is a professional doctor that is looking out for your health and you should visit them just as often as you would your family doctor.
It is highly recommended that adults visit their dentist regularly at least once a year, however some people may go sooner if their benefits plan allow them to. If there are any concerns that are not specified in your plan, check with your employer and your dental office to make sure you do not end up paying any surprise costs out of pocket. If you do end up needing to pay extra, at least you now have an idea of what you are getting into.
Once you have your new dental benefits, make sure you alert your dental office as soon as you can so they may update your file. If you are also covered under additional insurance with a family member or spouse, know that you have the option to ultimately waive the dental benefits your employer provides. However, ensure you research your existing plans thoroughly before deciding.
It’s important to remember that all benefits packages are different. Always check your plan details and reach out to your employer for clarification on any items if needed. If there is ever something out of the ordinary or you are experiencing sudden pain, check in with your dentist and/or your doctor regardless of what your plan says- these emergencies take priority and are paramount to your health.