Save Some Green at the Dentist

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only day when green is stylish. You can put some of that lovely shade back in your wallet by following a few easy steps to save money at the dentist.

Right off the bat, you can save up to 30 percent off of standard charges by using a Delta Dental PPO network dentist.1 Also, using a Delta Dental network dentist protects you from being “balance-billed,” meaning you cannot be charged the difference between the Delta Dental-negotiated rate for a particular service and the provider’s customary fee.

Next, make and keep regular appointments with your dentist. This can help your dentist spot problems before they become more serious – and more expensive.2

Before your dentist begins any treatment, make sure you know what your plan covers and what will come out of your pocket. Get a detailed description of the treatment and check how much of the cost will be covered. This will help you make better-informed decisions about your treatment.2 Discuss the treatment plan with your dentist; you may be able to opt for a less expensive alternative.2

Remember that dental benefits are designed primarily to help prevent disease. That’s why exams, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants for your kids, and routine periodontal treatments in adults are usually covered without copays or deductibles.

Finally, take good care of your teeth! Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily will help prevent bigger problems.2

1 Ruark Consulting Dental PPO Study, 2010


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