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As the nation takes steps to address COVID-19, NADP remains committed to supporting and informing dental carriers, dentists, consumers and various stakeholders, including federal and state policymakers.

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Role of Dental Coverage in Oral Health

Individuals with dental coverage visit the dentist more often and receive the care they need when compared to individuals without coverage. The NADP 2019 Consumer Survey reported 75% of persons with dental benefits have seen a dentist in the past year compared to only 47% of those without dental benefits.

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The Value of Dental Benefits and Maintaining Oral Health

The Connection Between Dental Health and Overall Health

  • Researchers continue to identify links between oral and overall health. Problems of the mouth can lead to harmful levels of bacteria that worsen medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease if it enters the bloodstream.
  • Gum disease has been linked to oral cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, preterm birth, skin diseases, thyroid problems and leukemia.
  • More than 90 percent of all systemic disease, including diabetes, leukemia, cancer, heart disease and kidney disease, has oral characteristics that can be detected by the dentist during an oral exam.
  • Gum disease can actually make it harder for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.
  • Dental care and good oral health mean much more than healthy teeth and a nice smile. They are essential to overall health and well-being. Poor oral health, a lack of dental care and untreated oral diseases can adversely affect an individual’s ability to speak, smile, kiss, chew, maintain proper nutrition, or go to work or school.
Find out here Guide to Choosing Your Dental Plan

COVID-19 FAQs

As the nation takes steps to address COVID-19, NADP remains committed to supporting and informing dental carriers, dentists, consumers and various stakeholders, including federal and state policymakers.

NADP members are open and operating. We remain committed to assisting providers in the delivery of essential services and ensuring continuity of care in a safe manner for all dental consumers.

Americans need regular oral health care to maintain and improve their oral and overall health, and dental coverage is an important gateway to oral health care.

To support the delivery of essential dental treatment during the pandemic, NADP plan members have business continuity plans in place and are taking steps to minimize interruption of normal business processes while expanding work-from-home.

Carriers are able to respond to inquiries, process and pay claims in addition to assisting members and dentists with questions. For dentists, carriers are also distributing information (e.g. FAQs) via online dentist portals and other electronic communication channels.  

Telehealth is one modality of care that can support access to care for dental consumers. Dental carriers typically pay for covered services that are provided on a telehealth basis, which will be important to many people in the current environment. [read more]