Monday 5 September 11 09:45
Both individual health and dental insurance plans have confusing, yet important, abbreviations. Below is an explanation of each to help you learn the things you need to know about individual health and dental insurance plans.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): An HMO is a health insurance plan that allows you to choose a primary care physician who will act as your “go between” in the event you need to see a medical specialist outside of your primary care physician’s field. If you have an HMO health insurance plan, you “prepay” for services rather than pay a deductible.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): PPOs are available with both individual health insurance plans and dental insurance plans. Like an HMO, a PPO lets you choose your doctor or dentist within a particular network. Unlike an HMO, you only pay for the services you are given by the doctor or dentist.

Point of Service (POS): A POS is a health insurance plan that combines features from HMOs and PPOs. Like an HMO, there is usually no deductible, low co-pay, and a primary care physician. Like a POS, you’re allowed to go out of the network of doctors, in which case you’ll pay a deductible and possibly higher co-pay.

Indemnity Plan (IP): The IP is a very popular dental insurance plan. Coverage is limited, but you usually have the option of choosing your own dentist, which actually helps you save money.

Dental Health Maintenance Organization (DHMO): After paying one annual premium, a DHMO guarantees a certain number of visits, though it doesn’t allow you to choose your dentist.

Dental Discount Plan (DDP): Although a DDP isn’t a traditional dental health insurance plan, you can get discounts from dentists who agree to participate in the plan. There’s no limit and you choose your own dentist.

Rather than let abbreviations complicate things, learn the meanings to easier find the right individual health and dental insurance plans for you.

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Dental care involves taking good care of your teeth, gums and the related structures of the mouth. Dental care includes prevention and treatment of diseases of the gum and teeth, and also the replacement or repair of defective teeth. In many cases people may suffer from dental diseases due to sheer laziness and lack of knowledge towards proper dental care, with mostly the children and at times adults who often do not pay enough attention to teeth care. They fail to realize that healthy teeth and gum is extremely important to keeping you healthy and sound. Proper dental health is not only important to our healthy physical looks; it is essential to the well being of the entire body.

Maintaining good dental health can at times prove to be expensive. Therefore it is important that you go for a good dental insurance that covers the costs of your dental treatment be it a routine check up or an emergency. Purchasing dental insurance from a good dental insurance company relieves you of the hassles and worries of the otherwise expensive cost of keeping your oral cavity healthy. With dental insurance you can choose a specific dental plan that is right for you. However, before choosing a dental plan from any dental insurance company you must pay attention to the following points:

* You should ask the dental insurance company for its actual office address and not just its P.O. Box address. This step should give you peace of mind in knowing that you are purchasing dental insurance from a real dental insurance company. Ask for its office phone number so that you can contact the office any time to learn more about its dental plans.

* Ask the dental insurance company if it covers specific procedures performed by your dentist. If you are searching for a dental plan that covers teeth fillings and teeth cleanings, that dental plan should not cost you much. On the other hand, if you would like to have x-rays and fluoride paid by your dental plan, then this type of dental plan most likely should cost a bit more.

* Ask the dental insurance company about your personal dentist's role in its dental plan. If your dentist is not on its list, then it is rather useless selecting such type of dental plan. Since your dentist is the one most familiar with your dental health, it is better to ask your dentist which dental insurance companies' dental plans he participates in.

* You can do a thorough research on dental insurance companies online. Dental health is a new and fast growing industry and is getting very competitive. You can find a wide selection of dental plans ranging from $15.00 per month to $100 per month.

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Monday 5 September 11 09:45
With you being able to insure just about anything now, you may view dental insurance as a way for greedy companies to take yet more money out of your pockets for something you do not really need.

However, you are wrong. We all know how dentistry costs can mount up – even a routine check up can easily cost you £40 - and that is without you actually having any treatments done.

Also, good dental health is not only important for our appearance, it is important for our overall health too as problems in the mouth can often be a sign that something else needs looking at health-wise – even if it just your diet.

A good dental insurance policy can help cover the costs of dental treatment whether it be an emergency or a routine check up, meaning you never have to worry about the cost of keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

So, who provides dental insurance?

Many healthcare cash plan providers offer cover for dentistry fees – up to a set limit – within their policies. And now there are also a select number of companies who offer standalone dental insurance.

The cover offered by the insurers vary, but depending who take you take a policy out with and whether it is part of a cash plan or a standalone dental insurance policy, you can get cover that will pay for routine treatment, dental emergencies and accidental dental injuries.

Currently one insurer provides cover for serious dental problems such as reconstructive surgery including plastic surgery following a dental injury or oral cancer.

Where to buy

As with all insurances, the key to getting the best cover at a price to suit your budget is by shopping around. The internet has a wealth of dental insurers and policies on offer so you can take your time in comparing the policy terms and conditions – and its benefits – on a like for like basis.

That way you can ensure you get the level of cover you need to keep your mouth – and your overall health and appearance – healthy, at a price that suits your circumstances.

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