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ADA Council on Scientific Affairs urges dentists to remind patients they can use FSA funds on products

November 15, 2019

By Mary Beth Versaci

With the deadline approaching for most patients to use their 2019 Flexible Spending Account funds, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs is advising dentists to remind their patients these funds can be used on dental products in addition to services.

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Eligible products could fall within ADA Seal of Acceptance categories such as denture adhesives, denture care cleaning products and products that provide temporary relief of oral discomfort. However, insurance plans vary, so patients should review their plans to learn what products they can purchase with their FSA funds. To find products with the Seal, visit ADA.org/Seal.

"As the year comes to an end, patients should check the balance in their FSAs," said Dr. Parthasarathy Madurantakam, chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs' Seal Subcommittee. "A lot of patients do not know they can use FSA funds towards purchasing products that can improve oral health. Now, patients can choose from a range of products that bear the ADA Seal of Acceptance, knowing they meet the stringent criteria for safety and efficacy."

Patients make contributions to their FSAs from each of their paychecks. They generally need to use their FSA funds by Dec. 31 or else they will lose that money, but some employers may give their employees a grace period the following plan year to use any remaining dollars or allow them to roll over a limited amount of funds.

To help patients make the most of their FSAs, dentists can remind them to schedule any remaining dental appointments or needed procedures before the end of the year to ensure they can use their FSA funds in time, according to MouthHealthy.org.

To learn more about the Seal Program, visit ADA.org/Seal.