MythBusters: Dental Insurance Edition

There's a lot of misinformation out there, but Delta Dental of Arizona can help you sort the fact from fiction when it comes to dental benefits.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there, but Delta Dental of Arizona can help you sort the fact from fiction when it comes to dental benefits.

There’s a lot of misinformation about dental benefits, and it’s hard to decode what’s true and what’s fabricated. We’re channeling our inner Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to debunk 5 common dental benefits myths:

MYTH: I have health insurance, so dental care is covered.
PLAUSIBLE. Here’s why: It varies by medical plan, but oftentimes health insurance will not cover dental procedures. Dental services are frequently left out of medical plan benefits, which is why many employers and individuals choose standalone dental plans. It’s possible, however, that your health insurance may cover anesthesia services related to oral surgery while your oral surgeon’s fees would be covered by your dental insurance.

MYTH: My teeth are healthy, so I don’t need dental coverage.
BUSTED. Here’s why:
Buying dental insurance and using dental benefits is a smart choice, even if you have tip-top teeth. Adults with dental coverage are more likely to visit the dentist and report higher levels of overall well-being, according to the 2014 Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey.

MYTH: I can’t afford dental insurance.
BUSTED. Here’s why: Although cost is often cited as a reason for delaying or forgoing dental care, dental insurance is relatively affordable. It’s also important to note that preventive care is often covered by your dental benefits at no additional cost whereas restorative care can be costly.

MYTH: I can see any dentist I want now that I have dental benefits.
PLAUSIBLE. Here’s why: With most dental carriers, you’re free to see any dentist you please, but your benefits may not cover treatments or services provided by an out-of-network dentist. If your coverage is through Delta Dental of Arizona, you can use our “Find a Dentist” tool to locate an in-network dentist before you make an appointment. Also, you’ll save more money if you choose a Delta Dental PPO dentist.

MYTH: Dental insurance covers all treatments and procedures.
BUSTED. Here’s why: Dental insurance is designed to save you money and focuses on preventing problems before they begin. Before you get a dental treatment, make sure you understand what your benefits plan covers by logging into the Member Connection or requesting a predetermination of benefits.

We want to help you uncover the truth about even more dental insurance myths—challenge us in the comments below!

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2 Responses to “MythBusters: Dental Insurance Edition”

  1. Margo Carlisle
    03/09/2016 at 9:20 am #

    Howcome there is only one mouth guard per lifetime allowed under this plan. I have worn one since 1991 and have had to have several and the latest one I lost while a patient in a hospital.I grind my teeth and a mouth guard by a dentist costs about $500.00. I can’t buy one off the shelf due to my mouth irregularaties.

    • Caroline Jacobson →
      03/09/2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Margo,
      Coverage depends on your specific plan design. We’d be happy to look into the coverage specifics of your plan. I will forward your comment, email and name along to our CS team. If you’d like to send us your phone number, feel free to send it to Thanks!

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