Save on Dental Care
One of the best ways to save money on dental health care is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Children should get twice-yearly checkups from the dentist starting around their first birthday. Preventive care corrects dental problems before they become more costly, and keeping your gums healthy can protect your overall health. Recent studies have shown a link between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease. For more information, read the University Record article “Real connection between oral health and heart disease”.
Another great money-saving tip is to make sure your dentist is a preferred provider within your health plan. This could save you hundreds of dollars each year.
Make an Appointment at the U-M Dental School
If you need expensive dental care, consider the clinic at the U-M School of Dentistry. Dental care is provided by pre-doctoral dental students or dental residents under the close supervision of faculty members who are also experienced dentists. The rates for services are much lower than what you would pay at a private dental office. This can add up to a large savings if you need extensive dental work. The Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at the U-M School of Dentistry treats children less than 14 years of age. See the School of Dentistry website for more information.
Split the Cost Between Plan Years
If you need extensive dental services, ask your dentist about starting the work in December and finishing it in January. Depending on your dental plan benefits, you may get better coverage by splitting the cost between the two plan years. Some dental plans may have a “per lifetime” limit on claims for certain dental services, so be sure to read your dental plan coverage information carefully.
Information on the U-M dental plan for eligible faculty, staff members and graduate students is available on the Benefits Office website.