A poll conducted by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) found that 56 percent of Americans would drop the family dental insurance provided by their employers if the benefits on those plans were taxed $300.
If individual plans were taxed an additional $100, 38 percent of individuals would drop the dental insurance provided by their employer.
Since 97 percent of the dental benefits in the U.S. are provided through employers and other groups, the NADP calculates that taxing dental insurance benefits would result in 81.7 million Americans ending up without coverage for their dental care.
Medical professionals are increasingly aware that dental health is intimately tied to overall medical health. According to the Surgeon General, 120 diseases can be diagnosed through the mouth, making dentists an important first line of medical treatment and highlighting the important of dental checkups.
Families who are searching for ways to save money on dental care may want to consider discount dental plans. These plans, an alternative to dental insurance, offer discounts of 10 to 60 percent on most dental procedures.
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