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Tools for Employers: Choosing a Dental Benefits Plan for Employees

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Why should my company offer employee dental benefit plans?

Keeping your employees’ smiles healthy keeps workers productive and can even lower medical care costs. This means finding a high-quality dental plan that pays dividends to both employees and employers.

Successful management of the dental benefit request for proposal (RFP) and choosing a dental plan requires receiving and evaluating a variety of information to make the best business decision for your company and its employees. Understanding your employees’ oral health needs before investing in a plan can help in identifying the best benefit for your employees. A group policy is one size fits all and needs to reasonably accommodate employees with greater dental needs at an affordable cost for all.

To help employers choose the best plans for their organizations, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Benefit Programs (CDBP) has developed a set of tools to help evaluate employees’ needs and plan proposals.

Tools in this toolkit

Prior experience metrics to seek with any proposal Include this tool in your RFP, requesting the bidder to submit metrics to objectively gauge prior performance of the plan.

Assessing the final proposals Use this survey to make sure the plan will meet your employees’ needs.

The more you know about dental benefits, the better equipped you will be to ask the appropriate questions. The American Dental Association can be a resource in helping you support your employee’s oral health through a dental benefit plan.

To speak with someone about selecting a dental benefit plan, call the ADA’s Center for Dental Benefits, Coding and Quality at 312-440-2500.

Looking to buy an individual dental benefits plan for yourself and your family? Learn more about your options on

  • ADA Guidelines for an Appropriate Dental Benefit Plan