Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dental Benefits Contribute to Oral and Overall Health

Another survey that confirms what we already know! MJ

NADP White Paper Demonstrates How Dental Benefits Overcome Consumers'
Number One Concern

DALLAS, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dental benefits are
important to overcoming cost concerns that keep Americans from visiting the
dentist, a critical step in maintaining oral health, according to a white
paper released today by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

Based on its Consumer Survey of more than 6,000 individuals, NADP
discovered lack of insurance is the most common reason for not visiting the
dentist -- seven times more common than fear. In addition people covered by
dental benefits have a more positive perception of their oral and overall
health.

The Consumer Survey also revealed that individuals with dental benefits
are more likely to receive restorative care to maintain their oral health.
They are:

-- 52 percent more likely to have had a root canal

-- 32 percent more likely to have had crowns

-- 18 percent more likely to have cavities filled

As well consumers with dental benefits maintain more of their teeth as
they are 30 percent less likely to have a tooth extraction

Conversely, respondents without dental coverage are 16 percent more
likely to report receiving no basic or major procedures in the last two
years.

Based on findings from the Consumer Survey plus a body of industry
research and studies, NADP is releasing a white paper Dental Benefits: A
Wise Investment in Your Family's Health. The white paper explores the
prevalence of dental disease in children and adults and the role of dental
benefits coverage in maintaining oral health. The paper also provides
general information about the cost of dental benefits, reasons to have
dental coverage and where to find it.

For a copy of the white paper, visit NADP's consumer Web site,
ineeddentalbenefits.com.

About NADP

The National Association of Dental Plans is a non-profit trade
association representing the entire dental benefits industry, including
dental HMOs, dental PPOs, discount dental plans and dental indemnity
products. NADP's member dental plans provide dental benefits to
approximately 140 million of the 170 million Americans with dental
benefits. NADP's members include major commercial carriers, regional and
single-state companies.

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