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Community Dental Care 

Dental Services

Because students often ask the Health Service to recommend dentists in the Hanover area, we have compiled a list of state-licensed dentists located in Hanover and the surrounding communities who have expressed interest in caring for Dartmouth students. The dentists listed will accept students as new patients to the extent permitted by their practice.

Please note this listing is not an endorsement by Dartmouth College or the Health Service for any of the individuals named. Also, the Health Service does not certify the accuracy of the descriptions which were provided to us by the dentists.

We welcome your feedback about dental services in the Hanover area. Please e-mail us at health.service@dartmouth.edu.

Dartmouth Student Group Health Plan (DSGHP) & Basix Dental Savings Program

As part of your membership in the DSGHP, you automatically have access to the Basix Dental Savings Program.  The Basix program is a network of dentists who have agreed to accept rates lower than their billed charges when payment is made at the time of service.  It is important to understand this program is not insurance, there are no covered benefits through the Basix program.  For more Basix information select the Basix link at the top of this page. 

DSGHP is a major medical policy.  It provides no dental benefits except for dental expenses due to accidental injury to teeth, excluding biting or chewing injuries.  For more information regarding DSGHP coverage please select the "Student Group Health Plan (DSGHP)" quick link to the right of this page.

Dental Insurance

Students also ask us about dental insurance. Dental insurance plans are different than medical health insurance plans. The primary purpose of a medical plan is to cover the risk of a catastrophic illness or injury. For this reason, medical plans tend to have high maximums. For example, the Dartmouth Student Group Health Plan lifetime individual maximum for all benefits is unlimited. By contrast, dental plans are often designed to cover predictable, lower cost expenses. Dental plans may concentrate their best coverage for preventive services, which are predictable expenses. Dental plan maximums can be as low as $500 to $1,000 per year. Because of the high cost/benefit ratio, some students may be better off to budget for dental care rather than to purchase dental insurance.

We welcome your feedback about dental insurance programs that are open to Dartmouth students. Please e-mail us at health.service@dartmouth.edu.

Last Updated: 8/6/13