Handling dental

When your mouth is in pain, it may be tempting to go to the Emergency Room for care, but there are cheaper and better options available to you as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan member.         

The ER is not always the best option for dental pain

The ER is not always the best option for dental pain.  You could wait hours to be seen by a medical doctor who isn't a dental expert. A visit to the ER can also be more costly than going to a dentist.

A family dentist is a better alternative

By establishing and using a family dentist, you can avoid the hassles that often comes with ER visits. Additionally, having a family dentist also means that:

  • You will be seen by a trained dental expert.
  • Regular care will help you avoid emergencies in the future.
  • The cost could be less for you.

Common reasons why people don't visit a dentist

There are a number of reasons why you may feel like you can't go to the dentist, but as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan member, we can help you with many of the common issues such as:


Many common prodcedures are covered at little to no cost to you.  For a list of many of the procedures covered under your plan, look in the Summary of Benefits.


Logisticare can provide free transportation to and from dental appointments. If you live in Wayne, Macomb or Oakland county, call 1-866-569-1902. Residents of other counties, call your local office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Don't have a dentist

If you do not have a dentist and need help finding one near you, call Blue Cross Blue Shield at 1-800-936-0935. We’ll help you schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area.


What if it's a real dental emergency?

If you think you are having a dental emergency that could threaten you or your child’s health and safety, go to the ER. But always visit your dentist after an ER visit. They can help you get the additional dental care you need and help prevent future dental problems.

Is it after hours and you aren't sure if it's a real dental emergency? Call us at 1-800-936-0935 and you can speak with a nurse who can help you better understand what to do next.

Dental health tips to prevent future emergencies

Prevent future problems by taking care of your teeth today.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth once a day.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • See your dentist twice a year for a check-up.

Children's dental health

Starting as early as pregnancy, parents play a big role in their child's dental health. There is a connection between a mother's healthy mouth and healthy pregnancy. Once born, a baby's dental care begins before the first tooth comes in.

Smiling Stork

Getting proper dental care while you're pregnant can improve your health and the health of your child.

Healthy Beginnings

It’s never too soon to start good oral health habits. It begins with the first tooth and first dental visit.