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Know Your Coverage Part 1: 10 Common Dental Insurance Terms Explained

October 16, 2018.Members.#claim

You might have heard these words and phrases before, but if you aren’t sure what they mean, you could be misunderstanding what your dental benefits plan covers. Brush up on your dental insurance knowledge to ensure you’re ready to make informed decisions next time you come across these terms 1. Claim: A form requesting payment that is sent to your benefits carrier by you or your dentist after a procedure based on your benefits plan. In-network dental offices usually submit them for you, but you might have to send the form yourself if you seek care from an out-of-network dentist.1 2. Claim appeal: If your benefits carrier rejects a claim, you have the opportunity to state your case as to why the procedure should be covered. This takes the form of a “claim appeal” that your dentist will send to the benefits carrier.2 3. Co-insurance: The percentage of the cost […]

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Helpful Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety

October 9, 2018.Individuals.#avoidance

Professional checkups and cleanings make a huge difference in maintaining a healthy smile. Unfortunately, dental anxiety can prevent people from visiting the dentist regularly. If this describes you, you’re not alone. In America, up to 20 percent of adults avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety.1 Luckily, you can reduce your dental anxiety with research, planning and relaxation tools. For the sake of your smile, take a look at our tips to help overcome your anxiety today. Use the power of sound. You’ll likely have your phone with you at your next dentist appointment, so why not plug in your headphones and listen to something soothing? A relaxing track or enjoyable song can reduce anxiety by giving you something else to focus on.2 If you’re looking to engage your mind even further, consider downloading a podcast, audio book or comedy routine for your appointment. Kids with dental anxiety may benefit […]

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What you need to know about implants

September 10, 2018.Individuals.#dental procedures

More than 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth.  As people age, the incidence of missing teeth increases, and about 30 percent of adults age 65 – 74 years old have no natural teeth.1 Missing teeth affect the ability to chew properly and can affect diet since softer foods are easier to eat and often lack good nutrition. Missing teeth also make talking more difficult and can impact one’s smile and confidence. Dental implants are a durable treatment option for missing teeth, look natural and can last for years.  In fact, 98 percent of implants last more than 10 years, and with good daily care, many can last a lifetime. If you have a missing tooth, talk to your dentist about dental implants. Your dentist can recommend the best treatment option for you. When you receive a dental […]

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How nutrition benefits oral health

September 5, 2018.Individuals.#calcium

While many people know that avoiding sugar is good for teeth, many do not realize that getting the right nutrients and vitamins is also essential for good oral health. Here are five nutrients that benefit both your smile and body as well as ways to incorporate them into your and your family’s diet. Calcium Calcium is critical to the structure of teeth and bones. Calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body and required by the body’s vascular and muscular systems to function properly.  When you do not consume enough calcium, your body uses the calcium stored in your teeth and bones, weakening their structure.1 Getting enough calcium in your diet keeps teeth and bones strong.   Healthy foods rich in calcium include low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli and Chinese cabbage. Magnesium Magnesium is another nutrient used in the development of strong teeth and bones.  It helps the body […]

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What to Expect at the Dentist: Fillings, Crowns and Root Canals

August 7, 2018.Individuals.#crowns

During a regular dental visit, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth checking your teeth and gums for dental risks and issues like tooth decay. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) National Center for Health Statistics, 91 percent of adults have experienced tooth decay.1 If your dentist uncovers any decay, he or she will bring those concerns to your attention during your appointment. Some dental issues may require you to schedule another appointment to fully treat the decay and reduce the chance for more serious dental problems in the future. Three common dental procedures your dentist might recommend if they uncover dental decay include: fillings, crowns and root canals. Read below to learn more about these procedures and what to expect.   Fillings A filling is a procedure that helps to restore a decayed tooth back to its normal function and shape. A dentist will remove all of […]

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