Your children’s health is a top priority. But while you’re focused on preventing the flu and broken bones, don’t forget about keeping their smiles healthy.
Keep reading to discover why it’s never too early to instill dental health practices — and how to lower costs on your child’s care.
Dental care is a vital part of your child’s overall health. Taking them to the dentist two to three times a year sets them up for a lifetime of healthy habits.
A professional dentist can also clean their teeth beyond brushing and flossing (depending on your child’s age, their at-home care is probably already lacking). If they identify an issue with your child’s teeth or gums early enough, it can be treated before becoming something more serious.
Coverage will depend on the specifics of your insurance policy, but most plans cover preventative care in full, including two annual check-ups and cleanings, fillings, fluoride treatments and other basic care.
You may also get partial coverage for the following:
Make sure to read through all the details of your plan to get a full understanding of your benefits.
You’ll want to have dental insurance for your kids by the time they see the dentist for the first time. It’s recommended that a child visits a dentist when their first tooth erupts. It’s important to be prepared ahead of time by enrolling in a plan that will cover your children’s care.
Children are most often covered under a family plan, either enrolled through you or your co-parent’s employer or purchased privately. You can add a newborn baby to an existing family plan within a specified period of time (check with your insurance provider), since having a baby qualifies as a life event. Keep in mind your monthly premium will increase once your child has been added to the plan.
According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dental care for children is an “Essential Health Benefit,” which means that pediatric dental coverage must be available for purchase in the ACA Marketplace.
Finally, you can also enroll your child in his or her own individual plan. Monthly premiums, services covered and how much you’ll pay for different treatments will vary based on where you live, your insurance provider and your specific policy.
Spirit Dental & Vision has dental plans for children and families so you can maintain shining, healthy smiles for every member of your family. Learn more and find the best plan for your needs.