Probably more than you think …
While we’re all for responsible celebration, Dr. Page Barden, one of our network dentists, reminds us that “any time you mix alcohol with revelry, your teeth could suffer.” And the data suggests he’s right — many dentists see a spike in dental emergencies the day after St. Patrick’s Day.
So what can you do to protect your group’s smiles?
As with the rest of a good oral health care routine, prevention is key. According to Dr. Barden, that means “Drink in moderation. Make sure you have a wingman or wingwoman there to make sure you don’t wind up in my office black and blue.” That’s good advice, as most of the emergencies he sees March 18 have to do with sidewalk faceplants and fists to the teeth.
How should enrollees handle a dental emergency?
While this is something we want to avoid, it’s important to be prepared. Delta Dental PPOSM enrollees can visit any licensed dentist for emergency treatment.1 As for DeltaCare® USA enrollees, if they cannot visit their selected network dentist, they can call customer service for a referral or use their out-of-area emergency benefit.2,3 Share this helpful guide with enrollees if they have further questions.
While being careful is important, so is having fun. So encourage enrollees to have an enjoyable, but responsible St. Patrick’s Day!
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1 Delta Dental PPO is underwritten by Delta Dental Insurance Company in AL, DC, FL, GA, LA, MS, MT, NV and UT and by not-for-profit dental service companies in these states: CA — Delta Dental of California; PA, MD — Delta Dental of Pennsylvania; NY — Delta Dental of New York, Inc.; DE — Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc.; WV — Delta Dental of West Virginia, Inc. In Texas, Delta Dental Insurance Company provides a Dental Provider Organization (DPO) plan.
2 DeltaCare USA is underwritten in these states by these entities: AL — Alpha Dental of Alabama, Inc.; CA — Delta Dental of California; DC, DE, FL, GA, LA, MS, MT, WV — Delta Dental Insurance Company; MD, TX — Alpha Dental Programs, Inc.; NV — Alpha Dental of Nevada, Inc.; UT — Alpha Dental of Utah, Inc.; NY — Delta Dental of New York, Inc.; PA — Delta Dental of Pennsylvania. Delta Dental Insurance Company acts as the DeltaCare USA administrator in all these states. These companies are financially responsible for their own products.
3 Benefit typically limited to $100 per emergency, subject to standard plan limitations and exclusions; copayments may apply.