Farhoumand Dentistry
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Vienna, VA 22182
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Make oral health priority during Affordable Care Act open enrollment

December 5, 2014

As reported by the Surgeon General,  studies suggest that people with dental benefits are almost 50 percent more likely to visit the dentist every six months to get the care they need. If you have benefits, you are able to prevent dental problems or get treatment before a problem becomes more serious, and save money on your dental care costs.

Affordable Care Act and Dental Health

Now that open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has opened, everyone has the opportunity to shop for health care coverage until February 2015, facing important decisions about next year’s benefits.

When you’re enrolling for health coverage for the first time, or adding new coverage options, it’s important not to overlook your family’s oral health. When evaluating health plans that include dental coverage, make sure you understand the benefits, as they differ from medical coverage.

In the Health Insurance Marketplace, or HealthCare.gov, you can get dental coverage two ways: as part of a health plan, or by itself through a separate, standalone dental plan. It’s important to understand that under the health care law, dental insurance is treated differently for adults and children 18 and under.

Oral health issues are generally preventable, and having dental benefits encourages regular check-ups. Many people who purchase protection start to benefit immediately. We know that oral health is essential to overall health. Good oral health improves a person’s ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and make facial expressions to show feelings and emotions.

Don’t Delay Dental Care! Make oral health priority during Affordable Care Act open enrollment!

Don't Delay Dental Care! Make oral health priority during Affordable Care Act open enrollment

Don’t Delay Dental Care! Make oral health priority during Affordable Care Act open enrollment

Studies also show your dental health can affect other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. And many health conditions have oral symptoms that provide clues to their onset. Although seeing a dentist is no substitute for a visit to a physician, regular dental checkups may tell the dentist much about your overall health.

These are just a few reasons why it’s important to provide your family with dental coverage. And once you have dental insurance, make sure to select capable local dentists like the ones at Farhoumand Dental!