One of the first things people notice about you is your smile, which is why it’s so important to take care of it. Keeping up to date with your visits to the dentist not only keeps your teeth in top condition but also helps prevent any mouth-related health issues from developing, including toothache, bad breath, or gum disease. A lot of people put off visiting the dentist either because they are nervous, haven’t been in a while or worry about the price of dental care. Looking after your teeth doesn’t have to be difficult or costly, and taking a preventative approach to you and your family’s oral health will be beneficial in the long run.
Having dental cover gives you financial help towards your annual dental care as well as those unexpected bills that crop up. A trip to the dentist can cost you up to £306.80 for band 3 treatment on the NHS, so being able to claim some of this money back on your health cash plan can be a relief. We can’t make the dentist any more enjoyable, but we can at least help relieve the financial burden.
What is a dental cash plan?
A dental cash plan often comes as part of a wider health cash plan. Unlike certain dental plans that are available, a health cash plan gives you cover for a range of other medical treatments and services in one easy package. This includes optical check-ups, therapy treatments and more. You pay a monthly fee which gives you cover to claim back a percentage of the cost of appointments you have had to attend.
Our plan offers dental cover for checkups, treatments, clean and polishes, dentures, dental accidents and more, all from just £8.09 per month. You can go to any fully qualified dentist you choose, either private or on the NHS. This means you can keep up to date with your appointments and make sure your teeth and gums are in the best condition possible.
Claiming your money back is simple and done in three easy steps:
- Save the receipts from your dental appointment
- Submit them as a claim online or through the post
- Receive the money back quickly into your chosen bank account
What am I covered for?
According to the NHS Dental Statistics for England 2019-20, 9.8 million courses of treatment were delivered in quarter 2 of 2019-20. This is an increase of 79,984 compared to the same quarter from the previous year.
With dental treatment becoming more important than ever, knowing you have financial support available when you do need to visit the dentist can put your mind at ease. Below are some of the most common reasons you will have a dental appointment, all available for you to claim back from your dental cover as a part of our health cash plan.
Most commonly people will visit the dentist for a check-up, which is an appointment where your dentist will have a look into the health of your mouth. From this, they will be able to assess if there are any current issues or signs that a problem could occur if the issue is not addressed now. If they do find anything, they will either fix the problem on the same day or book you in for another appointment.
How often you see the dentist for a check-up depends on your own dental health, but on average people will visit the dentist at least once a year. A dental check-up where you need no treatment will cost you £25.80 on the NHS, which you can claim back with your dental cover.
Regardless of how healthy you think your mouth is, regular visits are still important. Dental check-ups give your dentist the chance to check your mouth for any possible signs of oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and cancer.
If your dentist finds an issue during a check-up, they will recommend a course of treatment. Having dental cover means that you will be able to claim money back towards the cost of treatment, whether that be a simple scale and polish or a root canal treatment. Some of the treatments people commonly have at the dentist are:
- Fillings and repairs
- Crowns and caps
- Root canal treatment
- Scale and polish
Read more about the treatments available with your dental cover in our health cash plan guide.
Full or partial dentures
Dentures replace missing teeth and are fitted as either a full or partial set. They continue to be one of the most popular options for people with missing teeth as they are easy to use and completely removable.
You have cover for both partial and full dentures with your plan. If you need full dentures (whether that be an upper set, full lower set or both) you can claim up to double your maximum dental benefit. This allowance will be available over a two-year benefit period, and your receipt must confirm that full dentures have been supplied.
Accidents happen from time to time, and unfortunately when it comes to fixing teeth it can be quite expensive. Having dental cover means that if you have had an accident that results in injury to your teeth, caused by direct external impact to the head, you can use your dental cover to help you with any costs that come from your dental treatment. No matter if this is caused by a sporting injury or a bad fall, you can use your health cash plan to help ease the burden.
How much money can I claim back?
You can claim back up to 100% of the cost, depending on the maximum for your plan level. This ranges from level 1 where you can claim back £33 for dental care within a year, all the way up to level 5 where you can claim back £245.
The most common plan people opt for is level 3, which allows you to claim back up to £120 on dental care every 12 months. Visit our health cash plan page for more information about the different levels available to find what suits you best.
Find out more about our health cash plan
A health cash plan is a great way to save money on a range of healthcare treatments, including dental care. By choosing a Westfield Health health cash plan you are investing in your wellbeing, protecting yourself financially for when those medical expenses crop up.
You can find out more about the different plans available by downloading our Good4you plan guide.