Tesco gets teeth into dental cover

Tesco has announced it will start offering dental insurance cover for both NHS and private patients.

The move follows the company’s launch of health insurance in January. It is launching two products – one for NHS dental patients and one for those opting for private treatment. As an incentive, it is offering customers a free dental accident plan. It offers £1,000 worth of protection for up to four dental accidents during the year, with up to £250 towards the cost of treatment for each accident.

Tesco Personal Finance said the launch follows customer research, which indicated that people wanted to find a simple-to-understand dental policy.

Jeremy Sutton, head of Tesco health and dental insurance, said: ‘Only a small number of organisations currently offer dental insurance.

‘Our approach will open up the market to people who want the choice that dental insurance offers. We aim to offer products that are simple, good value and easy to buy.’

Its dental insurance core cover for NHS patients starts at £8.95 a month, while its premium cover for private treatment starts from £16.95 each month. People can apply over the phone or by filling in a form picked up in a store without having to provide their dental history or have a check-up.

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