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Optimizing your Dental Insurance in Columbia, South Carolina

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Oct 25, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Dental health is one of the foundations for excellent overall health. When it is time for your or a member of your family's bi-annual dental visit or any specialized dental procedures, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to cover the bill. Unless you want to pay for all of your family dentistry expenses out of your pocket, the best option is to be covered by a a dental plan.

What is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance provides a percentage of coverage for you and your family on most preventative and restorative dental procedures. Preventive, or routine cleanings may not be that expensive but when it comes to filling cavities, root canals, or replacing missing teeth, these procedures will be quite a bit more in price. That is where dental insurance becomes very helpful. Think of it like a coupon. It covers a portion of the cost of your services, but not the full amount. The annual benefit generally depends on the type plan you or your employer selects. So it is very important to read your policy carefully and ask your insurance provider questions so that you understand what your dental insurance covers and what it does not.

How do I Get Insurance?

Many employers offer dental insurance for you and your family. You pay for the premium out of your salary. If your employer does not offer dental insurance, you can buy it from a number agencies in South Carolina. Another option is to consult special interest groups that you belong to that may carry group dental insurance policies. These groups include: sororities or fraternities, churches, alumni associations, etcetera. What Are My Options? There are several different plans offered for family dentistry. A traditional dental plan allows you to pay your premium weekly or monthly, depending on the policy. These are found through your employer or an agent. A voluntary group plan is when you get a group of people together and purchase a plan. This helps with lowering the cost of insurance.

Why Should I Purchase Dental Insurance?

Dental Insurance is relatively inexpensive, especially when you look at how much you would spend on dental work in the the long run. You can save a significant amount of money and be assured that you are covered when an emergency arises.


Again, when choosing your insurance coverage, make sure you read the policy carefully so that you know what is covered. Also take note to see if you can decide on what dentist you would like to see or if you are restricted. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is right for you and your family.

Topics: Family dentistry, oral health, Insurance, Dental Benefits