UnitedHealthcare Dental launches digital resource with quip to help improve dental care

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UnitedHealthcare Dental has introduced several enhancements designed to help people improve their oral health and access dental care in a more convenient and informed way, with the aim of helping lower costs and improve satisfaction among members and dental professionals.

According to the company, the latest offering expands access to “24/7” Virtual Dental Visits to help members meet with a licensed dentist via phone or video, giving eligible members in many UnitedHealthcare Dental plans two virtual dental appointments with no cost sharing. The enhanced virtual dental care benefit is designed to improve access to dental advice “anywhere and anytime”, which may help avoid often-unnecessary visits to the emergency department for oral health issues.

In addition, to help people improve their oral care habits, members of UnitedHealthcare Dental can now save “up to 30%” on smart electric toothbrushes, including toothpaste, refillable floss and refillable mouthwash from oral health company quip.

UnitedHealthcare Dental members will also have access to an online resource to help bring greater transparency to treatment options and the cost of dental care, with the goal of helping prevent surprise costs. The Treatment Plan Calculator offers access to cost estimates based on actual contracted rates and the member’s plan, including real-time processing capabilities.

“As more and more Americans adopt a digital-first mindset, these new resources are designed to help our members improve and maintain their dental health, which may contribute to overall well-being and help reduce the risk of certain chronic health conditions,” said Colleen Van Ham, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Dental. “These new initiatives advance UnitedHealthcare’s approach of using technology to improve access to quality, cost-effective medical and dental care, while empowering people with personalised information.”