Social dental assistance and Social Security dental benefits
Social dental assistance and what are known as 'aids to fix your mouth' are one of the less common subsidies but, at the same time, requested by many. Well, unfortunately, we are all susceptible to oral problems that, in many cases, can lead to expensive treatments.
Dental care is one of the most important points for health but also the most neglected. All our food passes through our mouth. That it is healthy, without problems, will influence the general health of our entire body. For this reason, it is important to worry about both good oral hygiene and proper oral care.
Basic aspects are covered by Social Security , but the patient is not closely monitored. Within the website of the Ministry of Health we can access information regarding oral health that, specifically, covers the following assumptions:
Information , health education and information on hygiene and oral health.
Treatment of acute dental processes , understood as infectious and/or inflammatory processes that affect the oral area, bone and teeth trauma, wounds and injuries to the oral mucous, as well as acute pathology of the temporomandibular joint. It includes oral advice, pharmacological treatment of oral pathology that requires it, extractions, surgical extractions, minor surgery of the oral cavity, oral examination for the early detection of malignant lesions and, where appropriate, biopsy of mucous lesions.
Preventive and care measures for the child population.
This coverage does not include everything related to orthodontics, dental implants and other interventions and actions that are often necessary to ensure good dental health. So, is there help to fix your mouth from social security?
Beneficiaries of social dental assistance
Social security dental benefits are distributed at the autonomous community level and are mostly focused, as we will see, on oral care for children . There is talk of free social dental care to make it easier for all people who require oral intervention to be able to afford quality treatment without this entailing excessive spending. Let's review, according to the recipients of social dental assistance, what concrete help we can find.
Beneficiaries of social dental assistance
We have already seen that the majority of beneficiaries of specific oral care are pregnant women and children. However, there are other groups that can benefit from specific aid.
People with special needs
In some autonomous communities, aid is offered to large families for extraordinary expenses of hearing aids, optics, orthopedics and also orthodontics. But there is some aid through social action measures for other groups, such as unemployed people, pensioners, etc. It must be taken into account that these aids are not distributed equally throughout the national territory as they generally depend on the autonomous communities.
The free dentist for the unemployed does not exist as such, but it is possible to opt through some clinics and autonomous communities for aid that considerably reduces some of the most common dental treatments . There are programs such as Solidarity Orthodontics that offer discounts of 20, 40 or 60% of the total price of orthodontic treatment, depending on your economic conditions and the type of brackets you choose; savings ranging from €800 to €2,200. This aid can mean that you only have to pay €50 per month for your treatment .
Most communities offer help to pensioners to go to the dentist . For example, the community of Madrid, within the Social Action program , offers aid for repairs , prosthetic and dental treatments , excluding services provided by the Public Health Service, and also for orthodontics. And in the Principality of Asturias they also have grants to finance removable dental prostheses, with a maximum cost of €750 each.
There are also dental aids for people with disabilities . The purpose of these grants is to provide dental and orthodontic care that impairs your health and/or is directly related to your disability (and may cause malformations or a worsening thereof). The eligible amount varies but is usually up to 75% of its cost without exceeding 1,500 euros.
What kind of treatments can or cannot be subsidized?
Usually, orthodontics is excluded from social security . We already pointed out at the beginning those actions that are contemplated within Health as oral and dental health care. In fact, they state that the following treatments are NOT contemplated:
Treatments with exclusively aesthetic purpose.
Dental implants are only financed for patients with ontological processes that affect the oral cavity that involve loss of teeth directly related to the pathology or its treatment, and patients with congenital malformations that occur with orthodontia (fissures, lymphatic malformations, epidermal dyspepsia, intracranial syndromes, etc.).
Completion of complementary tests for purposes other than the benefits contemplated as eligible for financing by the National Health System in this regulation.
However, through private clinics and some insurance we can find discounts . Some autonomous communities have also facilitated the provision of aid for children's orthodontics , such as the community of Castilian La Manchu, where you can see the free oral care that exists for children between 6 and 15 years of age. Or for example, the discounts offered by the Barcelona City Council to those beneficiaries of the Rosa card or the Barcelona Solid-aria card .There is no state aid for orthodontics, except for those that we have indicated above for large families or people with disabilities. There are also specific aids for people belonging to mutual societies or people within the armed forces.
As for the subsidy for dentures , there are aids and specialized centers that facilitate it. Our recommendation is that you go to the social services center that corresponds to you to find out if any type of aid is contemplated within your autonomous community.
On some occasions, help has been provided to older people for the acquisition of hearing aids, glasses, etc. necessary due to the aging process itself, as is the case for dental prostheses. Our recommendation is that if you are thinking of getting false teeth, consult your local Social Welfare or Social Action department first.
How can I find out what grants I can receive?
As we have indicated, the specific aid for oral care is not generalized throughout the national territory. Our recommendation is that you go to your health center to find out in the first instance what help exists from there. It may also be interesting to go to social service centers , as there are also communities that offer help through social action departments.
There are some dental clinics that take advantage of programs such as the Solidarity Orthodontics program , or that create their own funds to promote access to social dental assistance for all. Our recommendation is that you always check the information and always try to address yourself to public and recognized entities to avoid coming across false opportunities. Do not get carried away by misleading advertising or trust anything.