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6 Dental Insurance Plans with No Waiting Periods

Investopedia | December 23, 2015

People buying their own dental insurance (as opposed to those covered by an employer's plan) sometimes get a nasty surprise when they sign up: a waiting period.

Dental Insurance That Will Save Your Smile

Consumer Reports | December 15, 2015

Doling out the cash to get a toothache treated can hurt almost as much as the tooth itself. That’s because about 40 percent of people in the U.S. have no dental insurance. And most who have dental plans lose their coverage once they retire. But ignoring dental problems or skipping preventive care can harm you. Some studies suggest that chronic gum infection is associated with an increased risk for heart attack. So how can you maintain oral health without wrecking your budget?

Hate Going to the Dentist Because of the Cost? How to Pay Less for Quality Dental Care

The Penny Hoarder | December 03, 2015

Who wants sharp metal objects jammed inside their mouth? Or those suction things — yikes! It’s no wonder a lot of us avoid the annual appointment, despite common recommendations to regularly visit the dentist. What’s worse, though? The cost of going to the dentist.

Medicare premiums rising: Here’s what to look for

The Sacramento Bee | November 23, 2015

There’s a lot going on with Medicare right now. Premiums will rise next year for about one-third of its Part B enrollees. (I’ll help you decipher some of Medicare’s alphabet soup below.)

:DentalPlans, the leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S.

eHealthRadio | November 06, 2015

Bill Chase, the vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans, the leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services joins eHealth Radio and the Dental, Health Care & News Channels.

11 Ways to Save on Straight Teeth For Your Kids (or Yourself)

Yahoo! Finance | September 30, 2015

Parents fear braces because they’re expensive. Metal braces cost $6,000 to $7,000 on average, with “invisible” (nonmetal) braces on the more expensive end, according to insurance company Delta Dental. Insurers rarely foot the bill, even though treatment is often needed for health reasons in addition to aesthetics. But that’s no reason to shy away from necessary dental work. There are ways to cut the costs of this work, by a substantial amount in some cases.

Using your dental benefits: 5 tips to save money, frustration

The Sacramento Bee | September 28, 2015

Brushing and flossing are key to your dental health. So is choosing the right dental coverage. While dental insurance doesn’t command the attention that medical insurance does, it also can have significant implications for your pocketbook.

:DentalPlans to Be Featured on The Balancing Act Airing on Lifetime Television(R)

Yahoo! Finance | September 22, 2015

Award-winning morning show The Balancing Act® will feature :DentalPlans, a leading dental and health savings marketplace, Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30 a.m. (EST/PST) on Lifetime Television®.

Got Dental Benefits? | June 25, 2015

A healthy smile: mouth, gums and teeth, are essential to our well being and something we take for granted. Poor oral health not only leads to dental cavities and gum disease, but is a key contributor to a host of other diseases, including diabetes, inflammation that can lead to heart disease, and much more.

Survey: Almost 40% of Americans lack dental insurance | June 15, 2015

Almost 40% of Americans do not have dental insurance, according to the newly released DentalPlans (DP) SmileIndex annual survey. The survey polled about 1,000 Americans about oral healthcare access and affordability. The results revealed that 62% of respondents had insurance, while 38% did not. Those who had dental insurance tended to be younger, married with children, and have a college degree.

Consumer Confusion Biggest Barrier to Broad Telemedicine Adoption

MarketWatch | June 11, 2015

Telemedicine would be wildly popular if more people knew what it was and how it worked. In a new survey*, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of the 6,856 respondents said that they were unfamiliar with telemedicine.

The case for dental discount plans [Infographic]

LifeHealthPRO | June 05, 2015

Everyone should have great, fully insured dental insurance, but, of course, everyone doesn't. Some people who don't get group dental coverage from an employer can't afford the modest premium for individual or family coverage, and some people who could afford the premium need so much dental work that they would quickly reach an individual policy benefits limit.

:DentalPlans Recommends Eye Care for All Ages

Digital Journal | May 15, 2015

May is Healthy Vision Month, so celebrate by scheduling an eye exam for you and your family. Eye care is an important factor in maintaining our overall health.

:Dentalplans offers its first telehealth plan

DentistryIQ | May 04, 2015

:DentalPlans is expanding its network of programs by adding :DP HealthNow, the company’s first telehealth medical plan.

:DentalPlans SmileIndex Survey Shows that the Affordable Care Act Needs a Dental Checkup

DentistryIQ | April 15, 2015

Currently, an estimated 132 million American adults and children (or one-third of the population) still lack dental benefits coverage. According to the national :DentalPlans SmileIndex survey, only 7% of those surveyed get their dental insurance as a result of the healthcare exchange law.

Could Your Dental Habits Use A Spring Cleaning?

thirdAge | April 15, 2015

If you have some questions about what might be best when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy and smiling, you're not alone. According to the national DentalPlans’ Annual SmileIndex Survey, people have many misconceptions about what is and isn’t healthy for our teeth and gums.

People on the Move

South Florida Business Journal | April 13, 2015

Chris Garcia-Halenar is responsible for leading DentalPlans’' AtYourService™ call center operations across all marketing channels.

:DentalPlans Appoints Chris Garcia-Halenar, Vice President of Operations

Digital Journal | April 10, 2015

:DentalPlans, a leading provider of dental savings plans, has named Chris Garcia-Halenar vice president of operations. Garcia-Halenar is responsible for leading :DentalPlans' AtYourService™ call center operations across all marketing channels for the company.

How Do Dentists Increase Brand Loyalty?

Loyalty360 | March 27, 2015

Increasing brand loyalty is always important for any marketer. Even for dentists. What is the secret to dentists increasing brand loyalty? Dental savings plans. According to the :DP SmileIndex(TM), an annual national survey from :DentalPlans, 52% of dental savings plan members are loyal to their dentists; whereas only 37% of the general population said the same.

:DentalPlans Launches Online Consumer Dental Information Center

MarketWatch | March 10, 2015

Ever wonder what to do when a tooth gets knocked out? Or how to take care of your teething toddler? How about how to finance emergency dental care? :DentalPlans aims to help solve these and other oral health concerns.

Should You Keep Your Dentist Appointment or Stay Away?

ThirdAge | March 04, 2015

Spring is headed our way, along with hay fever, allergies, and occasionally even that last winter cold. If you are due for your six-month dental checkup but have come down with the sniffles, how do you know whether or not it’s best to skip your dentist appointment?

Make your employees smile this Employee Appreciation Day

DentistryIQ | March 02, 2015

Employees across the nation will have many reasons to smile on Friday, March 6, Employee Appreciation Day. Good employees are hard to find, and are therefore important to keep. Employee appreciation day is one-way bosses can say thank you to their hard working staff. But appreciation goes beyond just one day of recognition.

Check dentist’s experience before getting costly implants

Star-Telegram | February 27, 2015

Dental implants are taking off as an alternative to bridges, dentures and single-tooth partials. But patients should be cautious before jumping into the expensive procedure: All dentists can do an implant regardless of whether they’ve had specific training.

:DentalPlans - National Toothache Day

Digital Journal | February 09, 2015

Today is National Toothache Day. The banks won't be closed, the mail will be delivered, and we won't be enjoying a three-day weekend. But don't let that stop you from celebrating the day! The best way to do so is by making an appointment for a checkup with your dentist.

:DentalPlans Offers OPEN ENROLLMENT All Year Long with No Waiting Periods

Houston Style Magazine | January 26, 2015

The Affordable Care Act open-enrollment period is closing on February 15, and 130 million Americans still don't have dental insurance. So what options do Americans have for dental coverage outside of the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment?

SMILESAVERS: How to Save on Dental and Vision Care in 2015

Digital Journal | January 15, 2015

The Affordable Care Act has made it easier to get healthcare coverage, but more than 130 million Americans still do not have dental insurance and struggle to get the care that they need. According to the :DP SmileMeter™, a national survey recently conducted by :DentalPlans, 25 percent of the people surveyed reduced other areas of their budget so that they can afford necessary healthcare services.

What will 2015 bring for dental professionals and patients? A leader in the field makes some predictions

DentistryIQ | January 12, 2015

What does 2015 hold for the world of dental? Will health care truly become more affordable? Will baby boomers continue to have a huge impact on the U.S. health care system? DentistryIQ presents a few questions to Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans.

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