• Oral health is an important part of your overall health. Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot oral health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place.

Six Tips for Choosing a Dental plan

Find out what plans are available in your area


Start by narrowing your search to the plans available in your state, county, or ZIP code. Insurance companies do not offer all of their plans in every area, so keep things simple by only comparing plans that you can actually purchase.

Consider the needs of each family member


Every member of your family should get preventive care like exams, X-rays, and cleanings. Kids will need extras such as fluoride treatments, sealants, and in some cases, braces. Adult dental insurance is needed for things like tooth sensitivity, gum disease, and replacing missing teeth.

Look for a plan that has several dentists and dental practices


Give your family the flexibility of having more than one option. If you limit your choice to a single dentist or practice, what would you do if you experience issues with the office location or hours?

Consider all of the costs



When searching for a dental care provider, the first consideration is often the monthly cost or premium. Be sure to also look at the deductibles, or the amount of money that you will have to pay out-of-pocket for dental services before your insurance kicks in.

Another important cost is the maximum annual limit. Most insurance companies cap the amount they will pay per year for dental treatment. Some plans also limit the number of certain procedures allowed each year, so be sure to figure that in to your decision.

Learn which treatments are covered in each plan


Most routine dental treatments are covered under dental insurance. However, many plans do not cover things like teeth whitening or dentures. Other plans may cover these treatments, but only up to a certain limit. Make sure you know exactly what is covered before selecting a plan.

Also be aware that some insurance plans have waiting periods. In some cases, you may have to wait up to 18 months before getting coverage for certain procedures. This is usually true for more expensive dental work.

Think about discount dental plans or savings plans



Different from insurance, these plans allow you to join a group where you enjoy discounts on certain services.




 Delta Dental of Minnesota is proud to be the largest regional provider of dental benefits, serving 9,000 Minnesota and North Dakota-based purchasing groups and 4.5 million members nationwide. 

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GPM Health & Life individual dental insurance provides you with a senior-focused dental product. GPM dental offers no waiting periods, coverage for implants, crowns and dentures and the Ameritas dental network for the greatest savings. 

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PrimeStar individual dental insurance provides you with options that fit your needs, budget and location. PrimeStar offers no waiting periods on most services, coverage for implants and orthodontics and the Ameritas dental network.

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