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Understanding Diabetes for Caregivers

November 4, 2022.Individuals.##NationalDiabetesMonth

Chances are, you know someone with diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association claims more than 37 million people have diabetes in the United States, and one in five are unaware of their condition. The number of people diagnosed is higher than it has ever been. And it’s not just impacting older adults. People are developing diabetes at younger ages and at higher rates. But the more you know about diabetes, the more you can do about preventing it, delaying it, or lessening its harmful effects. In honor of National Diabetes Month and National Family Caregivers Month, we’d like to offer insights on the connection between diabetes and dental and vision care, as well as tips for helping a friend or loved one manage diabetes. Diabetes and Dental Health Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar – so the link between diabetes and oral health problems is high blood […]

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Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 6, 2022.Individuals.#dental care

October is typically most recognized for Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating with bags full of candy. But did you know October is also National Dental Hygiene Month? An entire month dedicated to promoting healthy mouths, gums, and teeth. All of which allow us to enjoy a little well-deserved sweet treat at the end of the month! Here are a few ways to celebrate – and better understand dental hygienists’ role in supporting healthy and happy smiles. Oral and overall health are linked It is essential to keep up good dental hygiene regardless of age. Your oral health is connected to your overall health. Studies show that gum disease is linked to many health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, more than 120 diseases can be detected by the dentist during a routine dental exam — an important reason to visit the dentist for routine exams. Learn more about […]

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How to Keep Your Smile Healthy as You Age

September 1, 2022.Individuals.#dental exam

Did you know that your teeth can say a lot about your age? Aging can have a noticeable impact on your smile. As you get older, the appearance of your teeth is typically darker and duller. In addition, receding gums give the lips less support, making you look older. Effects of poor oral health can go beyond a person’s mouth. Research continues to show a connection between oral and overall health. Gum disease has been linked to several systemic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Luckily, it is never too late to form better oral health habits that benefit your overall health. Take a moment during National Healthy Aging Month to learn more about oral health and how to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Four ways your smile can change as you age General wear and tear Dry mouth caused by medications Shifting teeth—can cause receding gums and make them more […]

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What’s next after a visit to the dentist?

August 5, 2022.Individuals.#claims processing
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After your trip to the dentist, you might wonder what comes next. For some, this waiting period after the appointment can be stressful, with questions about what was covered and possible bills and co-pays. TruAssure is here to help interpret the documents you may receive and explain what you need to know after visiting the dentist. Depending on your coverage, you might have a co-pay due at the time of the visit. However, others may receive a bill or receipt after your claim has been submitted and processed. Submitting a claim. A claim is a form requesting payment sent to your benefits carrier after a visit or procedure. This is done by either you or your dentist based on your dental plan. In-network dental offices typically submit claims for you. However, some members might have to send the form themselves if they seek care from an out-of-network dentist. Keep it simple […]

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Dental cleanings explained

July 1, 2022.Individuals.#dental benefits

Even with good at-home oral health routines, going to the dentist for regular cleanings is an essential part of keeping your smile healthy. Visiting the dentist for preventive care can also help avoid the need for more costly oral health procedures. What happens during a dental cleaning? Trained dental hygienists use tools to clean your gums and teeth professionally. They check for signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) and cavities and make note of any problem areas for the dentist to examine. As part of a dental cleaning, a scaler is used to remove plaque and tartar around your gum line. Scraping sounds are normal, but let your hygienist know if you are uncomfortable or feel pain. While flossing and brushing can keep plaque from hardening and becoming tartar, it can only be removed during a dental cleaning. If your hygienist spends a long time cleaning your teeth, they might encourage […]

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