"Take a bite out of health care costs"
American families spent an average of $6,000 on out-of-pocket health insurance and other medical costs in 2009, according to the National Coalition on Health Care. Often overlooked in health care spending debates is dental care and solutions for people to save money. Visitors of DentalPlans.com can access a nationwide search engine to compare discount dental plans by ZIP code and view sample savings for dental procedures.
"Unique Web sites for an aching tooth (and budget)"
Dinner for two? $100 plus tip. Cell phone plan? $80. Root canal? $1,000. Set of tires? $500. Life happens and prices add up quickly, especially in today's economy. Here's a list of five practical Web sites that some consumers might not be frugally familiar with yet: FrugalMechanic.com, DentalPlans.com, MyRatePlan.com, AccuQuote.com and Restaurant.com.
"Two men and a domain name"
A year before the dotcom bubble burst in 2000, wiping out hundreds of technology companies and $5 trillion in market value, a gourmet entrepreneur in Florida, and the son of a dentist who managed six dental offices in Illinois, came together with a website name – DentalPlans.com – and about $1,000. Today, the company has more than 14,000 online affiliates, 500,000-plus visitors a month and represents more than 30 of the largest dental plans in the country.
"A safeguard for teeth, and pocketbooks"
A budget-minded alternative to the paperwork hassles, annual limits and high deductibles found with dental insurance, DentalPlans.com is an online solution which provides significant savings on dental procedures at more than 100,000 participating dentist listings in combined networks nationwide. As a dental discount plan provider, the website offers more than 30 plans starting at $79.95 per year for individuals and $129.95 per year for families.
"Fear isn't the only thing keeping people away from the dentist"
More than 50 percent of uninsured and 30 percent of insured Americans skipped necessary dental care visits in 2009 due to financial burdens, according to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll. For consumers looking to put their money where their mouth is (economically speaking), online solutions such as DentalPlans.com are a click away.
"Kids: Open wide; Parents: Say money"
When visiting the dentist these days, kids' mouths are not the only things opening wide – so are parents' wallets. This might help explain why 52 percent of children ages six to eight have tooth decay, according to the Healthy People 2010 oral health update. DentalPlans.com offers dental discount plans nationwide starting at $129.95 per year for families. (Note: February is National Children's Dental Health Month.)
"A beautiful smile pays for itself"
According to the American Dental Association, a person's smile outranked eyes, hair and body as the most important physical feature. In addition, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry estimates that Americans spend about $2.75 billion each year on cosmetic dentistry. DentalPlans.com has a number of money-saving plans that offer discounts on cosmetic dentistry and/or oral surgery. (Note: June is National Smile Month.)
"Time for a dental hygiene, and insurance, checkup"
Nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of gum disease and don't even know it, according to the American Dental Hygienist Association in 2010. It might be time for a dental checkup, and while you're at it, a dental insurance checkup. As an affordable alternative to dental insurance, DentalPlans.com connects consumers to significant savings on dental care procedures such as cleanings, root canals and crowns. (Note: October is National Dental Hygiene Month.)