SOURCE: :DentalPlans

:DentalPlans

February 08, 2016 08:00 ET

Happy National Toothache Day -- :DentalPlans Offers Sensible Solutions for Dental Emergencies

PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - February 08, 2016) - Yes, there actually is a day honoring something we'd all like to avoid: a painful, throbbing toothache. :DentalPlans suggests that you celebrate February 9th by coming up with a solid plan to avoid dental disasters in 2016.

The best place to start: make an appointment for a checkup with your dentist. Most dental emergencies can be averted with regular preventive care.

"Unfortunately, too many people can't fit dental checkups into their budgets. But dental problems don't go away no matter how hard you ignore them -- instead the situation gets worse," says Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans.

"Delaying dental care compromises your overall health, plus you end up spending more to address the issue later when dental problems become too painful to ignore," adds Chase.

For Americans without dental insurance, the solution has become to visit the emergency room when tooth pain becomes too much. In an April 2015 study, the American Dental Association found* that the number of emergency department visits due to dental issues rose from 2.11 million in 2010 to 2.18 million in 2012. The ADA data doesn't extend past 2012, but the Association notes that nationally, the number of dental ER visits has been growing faster than overall emergency room visits. Medicaid alone pays $520 million every year on dental ER visits.

But while oral pain and infection can be treated by emergency room physicians, the underlying dental problem is often not resolved. People are left with a big hospital bill, and will either need to see a dentist or risk returning to the ER again for more short-term care when the problem worsens.

"Dental care can be costly, and dental emergencies tend to occur at the most inconvenient times," says Chase. "A dental savings plan can reduce that dental bill by 10%-60%, and many plans activate quickly. Unlike traditional dental insurance, there is no waiting period for costlier procedures, and there are also no restrictions on getting treatment for pre-existing conditions."

Having a plan to deal with dental emergencies is critical. And enrolling in a dental savings plan could free up a lot of the time you spend worrying about how to pay your dental bills. Instead, you could be celebrating one of the other holidays that falls on February 9th, like Chocolate Day, Bagel Day, Extraterrestrial Culture Day, International Pancake Day, Mardi Gras and/or national Pizza Pie Day.

To learn more about dental savings plans, visit dentalplans.com.

About :DentalPlans
:DentalPlans, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives.

We provide comprehensive resource centers aimed at helping people to maintain/regain optimal health, and successfully navigate the maze of healthcare payment options (including Obamacare and Medicaid.) Our independent research -- the :DP SmileMeter™ and :DP SmileIndex™ -- delivers a unique look into the consumer healthcare market. We offer user-friendly access to a wide selection of traditional dental insurance and 30+dental savings plans, along with innovative healthcare offerings including telemedicine, medical advocacy, and online counseling services. Our online plan comparison and savings calculator tools help consumers to make smart choices about essential healthcare services, and our :DP AtYourService™ customer support team leaves no question unanswered. For more information, visit us at www.dentalplans.com and find us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and YouTube.

* ADA, "Emergency Department Use for Dental Conditions Continues to Increase" http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/HPI/Files/HPIBrief_0415_2.ashx

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