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Dental Coverage Reduces Need For Costly ER Visits

08/27/15

  06:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Dental

Dental Coverage Reduces Need For Costly ER Visits

dental chair

Dental benefits are sometimes an afterthought for employers when developing a group health care plan. But as a recent USA Today article makes clear, such coverage offers a valuable advantage -- financial as well as health-wise.

According to the article, "an analysis of the most recent federal data by the American Dental Association shows dental ER visits doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.2 million in 2012, or one visit every 15 seconds." Most of those patients lack adequate dental coverage.

People with dental problems typically visit ERs when the pain from a toothache becomes overwhelming. Unfortunately, the most help they can provide are painkillers and antibiotics -- short-term fixes at best. Even so, the cost is more than three times as much as a routine dental appointment, averaging $749 a visit.

MedBen Dental helps employers reduce the potential risk of unnecessary ER visits. Much like an annual wellness exam from the family doctor, regular dental exams enable a dentist to monitor the condition of the teeth and gums over time, making it easier to detect subtle changes before a condition escalates to the point where far more costly care is required.

For employers, offering MedBen Dental also serves as an inexpensive incentive for potential employees to join your company, especially when offered as part of a larger health care package.

Dental coverage is relatively inexpensive, but it pays huge dividends. To learn more about how it can benefit your employees and your bottom line, contact Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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