PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A trip to the dentist is one of the best ways to help children have a successful school year. This is unfortunately because the high cost of dental care has been linked to frequent school absences and learning problems.
Even when they are in school, kids with painful dental health issues find it hard to concentrate on schoolwork or complete their homework. This, along with problems such as sleeping, eating and socializing can have a significant, negative impact on a child’s ability to succeed.
With savings of 10-60% on dental care from a nationwide network of dentists, including pediatric specialists, dental savings plans, also known as dental discount plans, help make dental care more affordable for all. Along with savings on restorative dental care, many of these plans include free or very low fee rates for basic preventive care such as cleanings and checkups.
The effects of dental disease continue into adulthood. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, gum disease affects 80 percent of American adults. And, according to an article on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to dental issues. Recent studies have associated gum disease with medical conditions such as respiratory infections, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
"The back-to-school season is the perfect time to focus on enhancing the entire family's dental health," said Bill Chase, senior vice president of marketing for DentalPlans.com, a leading dental and health savings online marketplace. “Teaching children about the importance of dental care and incorporating good oral health behaviors, including at-home oral hygiene and regular professional checkups and cleanings, sets them up for a lifetime of success, good health and smiles."
Parents can reinforce the importance of good dental health at home by:
- Making healthy eating a priority. Make sure there are always fresh fruits and raw vegetables in the house to snack on. Ban soda and other sweet drinks from your refrigerator—even diet varieties, which contain tooth-eroding acid. Teach your kids that if sugar, in any of its forms (high fructose corn syrup, “cane juice,” etc.), is listed as one of the first three ingredients on a food label, that item should be considered a dessert.
- Ensuring kids see the dentist regularly. No child (or adult) can keep their teeth plaque-free without the help of a professional. Routine teeth cleanings and dental exams—and kids may need cavity prevention care such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants—are essential for good oral health.
- Being a good role model. Children, particularly teens, will surely notice if parents are talking the talk, but not walking the walk. Parents need to take good care of their own teeth, and not postpone their own dental checkups if possible.
- Having a plan: Dental savings plans can help everyone in the family keep a sparkling smile for life. These plans are typically priced at about half the cost of dental insurance and do not have annual spending limits, deductibles or health restrictions, like dental insurance. And, unlike dental insurance, there are no long waiting times either. Dental savings plans can be used to save on all included treatments within 72-hours of plan purchase.
To find out more about the advantages of dental savings plans, visit dentalplans.com.
DentalPlans.com, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings online marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives. www.dentalplans.com.