How dental plan providers save small businesses time

by MikeMeehan 10/16/2018 8:55 AM

When it comes to dental benefits, out-of-pocket costs are only one piece of the puzzle. Selecting, implementing and managing plans for your small business can mean significant loss of time – unless your dental plan provider has the training and resources needed to maximize efficiency. Learn what to look for when making your selection to ensure the most time-savings for your business. Do they have the right expertise? Dental plan providers rely on their experience to help you achieve your business objectives. If your provider doesn’t have experience with small businesses, it may be difficult for them to efficiently understand the needs of your company and to recommend the best options upfront. Delta Dental covers more than 146,000 businesses across the nation, giving us a wealth of knowledge to inform our plan recommendations.  How efficiently do they process claims? Quick and accurate claims processing helps ensure you and your employees spend less time worrying about administration needs. Delta Dental processes more than 123 million dental claims annually with over 99 percent accuracy.  Do they offer high quality customer service? Look for a local service team that offers the timely attention you and your employees need. Delta Dental often provides local dedicated teams who become personally acquainted with individual businesses’ needs and can easily be reached. Plus, employees have access to a 1-800 number, website and free mobile app to assist with all their coverage questions. Do they make the process simple? Digital capabilities should enhance customer service and improve operating efficiency for enrollment, billing, claim payments and more. Delta Dental’s website provides automated tools for benefits enrollment and administration needs. We also offer resources to educate employees about their dental benefits and answer any questions that arise.  In today’s marketplace, there are numerous dental benefits companies to choose from. By knowing what to look for, you can find the best one for your small business that will save you time and money.  

How dental plan providers save small businesses time

by MikeMeehan 10/16/2018 8:55 AM

When it comes to dental benefits, out-of-pocket costs are only one piece of the puzzle. Selecting, implementing and managing plans for your small business can mean significant loss of time – unless your dental plan provider has the training and resources needed to maximize efficiency. Learn what to look for when making your selection to ensure the most time-savings for your business. Do they have the right expertise? Dental plan providers rely on their experience to help you achieve your business objectives. If your provider doesn’t have experience with small businesses, it may be difficult for them to efficiently understand the needs of your company and to recommend the best options upfront. Delta Dental covers more than 146,000 businesses across the nation, giving us a wealth of knowledge to inform our plan recommendations.  How efficiently do they process claims? Quick and accurate claims processing helps ensure you and your employees spend less time worrying about administration needs. Delta Dental processes more than 123 million dental claims annually with over 99 percent accuracy.  Do they offer high quality customer service? Look for a local service team that offers the timely attention you and your employees need. Delta Dental often provides local dedicated teams who become personally acquainted with individual businesses’ needs and can easily be reached. Plus, employees have access to a 1-800 number, website and free mobile app to assist with all their coverage questions. Do they make the process simple? Digital capabilities should enhance customer service and improve operating efficiency for enrollment, billing, claim payments and more. Delta Dental’s website provides automated tools for benefits enrollment and administration needs. We also offer resources to educate employees about their dental benefits and answer any questions that arise.  In today’s marketplace, there are numerous dental benefits companies to choose from. By knowing what to look for, you can find the best one for your small business that will save you time and money.  

Calming your kids at the dentist

by MikeMeehan 10/10/2018 9:09 AM

One of the most important ways to keep your kids cavity free, especially during the season of sweets, is to see the dentist regularly. Routine checkups and cleanings are completely covered by most dental plans, so there’s no reason to skip a visit.  There’s one deterrent, though, that you might run into – kids getting spooked by the dentist. If this happens to your children, check out our tips to help make their next appointment a little easier.  Start early. The American Dental Association recommends children visit the dentist within six months of their first tooth or by age 1. Early visits give kids a chance to become familiar with the dentist and may help reduce anxiety down the road.  Lead by example. If you’re nervous about the dentist, your kids might pick up on it and adopt the same attitude. According to a study in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, adults can transfer their dental fears to family members. Make a conscientious effort to demonstrate a positive attitude toward the dentist while articulating the value of regular visits. By modelling relaxed behavior, you can let your kids know there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Leverage entertainment. Reshape their attitudes with the power of the page. Pick up library books that explain dental appointments in kid-friendly language. Popular options include Curious George Visits the Dentist by H.A. Rey, Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer and Open Wide: School Tooth Inside by Laurie Keller. To build even more positive associations with the dentist, try bringing their favorite toy or game to appointments.  Take baby steps. Stop by the dental office beforehand so your kids learn what to expect in a lower-pressure situation. Introducing them to the dentist and staff without the stakes of an actual appointment can help them feel more comfortable in the environment.  Practice beforehand. Create a mock dental visit in your own home to remove any confusion they have about what happens in the dental chair. Pretend to clean your child’s teeth while explaining how visiting the dentist helps keep their smiles in tip-top shape.  Use relaxation techniques. If you’ve tried everything and your kids still get the heebie-jeebies in the dental chair, don’t fear! Try calming them down with some simple relaxation exercises. Instruct your child to inhale and exhale slowly and steadily. You can also try a technique where they tense different muscle groups as tight as can be, then release.  It may take some time, but helping your children feel comfortable at the dentist will make lifelong dental care much easier in the long run. 

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