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How do I choose a dental insurance plan?

Before selecting or changing a dental plan, there are some important things to consider. Some plans require patients to choose a dentist from a limited list of dentists. Choosing from a list is not the same thing as freedom of choice. If your dentist is not on such a list, don't hesitate to ask why he or she has elected not to participate.

Dental plans are typically business arrangements between an insurance company and an employer. Most plans are designed to pay only a portion of your dental expenses. However, dental plans may exclude or discourage certain treatments, such as dental sealants, which can prevent tooth decay and save you money later on. Carefully read a plan and know its limitations. If a plan doesn't cover a procedure that is recommended by your dentist, this does not mean that the treatment isn't appropriate or needed.

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