FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As a longtime advocate of affordable dental care, DentalPlans.com, a leading online marketplace for dental savings plans in the United States and part of the Henry Schein One solutions portfolio, strives to help consumers navigate the changes, opportunities and challenges ahead in 2022.
What will dental care look like in 2022? Some current industry-wide trends include a growing emphasis on general wellness, artificial intelligence empowering dentists, and a growing interest in using digital technologies to stay in touch with and take care of patients. care. And, unfortunately, far too many Americans will still skip dental visits due to a perceived lack of options to reduce the cost of dental care.
“Revolutionary technologies that can prevent oral disease and restore dental health continue to play a key role in dental care innovation. Another part of the innovation process is creating affordable access to care,” said Jenn Stoll, Chief Commercial Officer of DentalPlans.com.
In anticipation of 2022
DentalPlans.com believes that the dental developments likely to have the most impact in the near future are:
Increased focus on consumer health education – As we continue to understand the impact of dental disease on overall well-being, employers, dentists and businesses will emphasize the importance of oral health.
Back to the dentist – Consumers will look for affordable ways to resume delayed care after the pandemic. The World Health Organization reported that oral health services were among the most affected essential health services during the pandemic. the IDE The World Dental Federation describes the situation as a “dental disaster”, noting the increased rate of dental caries and gum disease and a growing demand for complicated treatments to solve problems that could have been treated with a simple procedure.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics – Smart technology will be increasingly developed for use in diagnostic, reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Orthodontics is already one of the biggest commercial users of 3D printing technology in the world. Dental assistants and AI robotic surgeons are intended to complement the expertise of a dentist.
Digital communication – Essential during the pandemic, convenient cloud-based dental practice management software technologies are likely to become an expected part of the patient care experience in the future. The ability to connect with patients online will be a huge advantage for dental practices when it comes to educating and building trust. Review sites can be leveraged to learn, improve, and make patients feel heard, while real-time digital communications, such as booking confirmations, appointment reminders, and updates updates from the office, will also help providers and patients stay connected. This connection will go a long way with patients, especially those who are reluctant to go to the dentist in general or due to COVID-19.
Increase in the cost of dental insurance – The cost of dental care continues to rise, which means dental insurance costs may rise as well. More than ever, dental savings plans – an affordable alternative to traditional dental insurance – will be used by those who need an affordable plan with no maximum annual spending limit.
Affordable dental care now
Dental savings plans can make dental care more affordable. They offer a 10-60% discount on most dental services and, with no annual spending limits and immediate access to dental discounts, are an exceptional choice for those with dental expenses over $1,000.00 over the course of a year. a given year or who need expensive dental care immediately. .
“As we look to 2022, our goals include continuing to educate people about the impact oral disease has on overall health and helping people understand how to lower their dental costs,” said Stoll. “Dental savings plans help people access consistent dental care that is essential to maintaining good health.”
Learn more about dental savings plans today.
DentalPlans.com, founded in 1999, is a leading online marketplace for dental savings plans in the United States, helping over one million people access quality healthcare services at an affordable price. Our mission is to provide consumers with the tools, information and services they need to live happier, healthier lives.
About Henry Schein One
Henry Schein One, a subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc. formed in partnership with Internet Brands in 2018, is a software company providing integrated software and services to the dental industry. Based in American Fork, Utah, the company offers industry-leading solutions for dental practices, including Dentrix, Dentrix Ascend, Dentrix Enterprise, Easy Dental, TechCentral, Demandforce, Sesame Communications, Lighthouse360, Officite and DentalPlans.com as well as international companies. , including Software of Excellence, Julie Software, InfoMed, Axium, Power Practice and LabNet, among others. For more information, visit www.henryscheinone.com.