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Must-Have Dental Plan Features For Your Growing Family

By Jill Hamilton on December 6, 2016 in Insurance


We're not surprised that Iowa is consistently ranked as one of the best places to raise a family. But are your dental benefits keeping pace with growing families? Consumers consider dental coverage a “very important” part of their health care plan. Simply having benefits isn't enough. Here are must-haves for every stage and age of your family's life:

Must-Have Dental Plan Features For Your Growing Family

Expecting to Expect

Must-Have: Enhanced Benefits 

Adults in this age group (20-39) generally face fewer oral health challenges. However, you're more likely to have a family or to consider starting one soon. And since clinical studies suggest pregnant women may benefit from additional dental cleanings, look for a plan that offers enhanced benefits.

Baby on Board

Must-Have: Low or No Cost Preventive Services

Once your baby makes her debut, take her to the dentist within 6 months of getting the first toothand no later than her first birthday.

Pediatric care (including dental) is one of the ten Essential Health Benefits required of health insurance plans by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many benefit companies embed this pediatric dental coverage within their major medical plans. Others make standalone dental plans available to those purchasing medical coverage for their kids.

Typically, a dental plan will cover most or all of preventive care costs if you or a family members visits an in-network dentist. These dentists have agreed to accept the plan's negotiated rate as full payment for these services. Preventive services for adults generally include two visits within a twelve-month period, including a cleaning and bi-yearly X-rays. Kids receive the same benefits, with the addition of dental sealants.

'Tweens to Teens

“Must”-Have: Orthodontic Benefits

Orthodontic coverage isn't a “must,” but it may be a consideration for your school-aged kids. Crooked teeth can have a negative impact on oral health, making it difficult to brush and floss.

Even if teeth appear to be straight, your dentist may suggest a visit to an orthodontist. He or she will ensure proper development and positioning once the first permanent teeth arrive (around age 7).

Does your child need dental insurance? Families may qualify for free or low-cost dental insurance for their children. Learn more about our hawk-i program.