As we look at dental benefits this month, you need to consider your annual maximum. An annual maximum is the amount your dental benefit company will pay within a calendar year. Not every plan has the same maximum but in most cases, it averages around $1,200 per year. If you are not sure what amount you have used, contact our office and we can help find out for you. You need to remember, once the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, your annual maximum renews and you lose everything left over from 2021.