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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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Coverage for every phase of life

June 6, 2022.Individuals.#collage graduate

Spring is on its way out and summer is heating up! The end of the school year and the start of wedding season remind us that life goes through many phases. We are here to help explain dental coverage options for various life transitions. Marriage and coverage changes Marriage is considered a “qualifying life event.” After a qualifying life event, you can change your dental plan within a specified amount of time. If requested changes are not made in time, you may have to wait for open enrollment. Be sure to check your dental coverage to see when the adjustment will occur. You have a few options within the qualifying life event period for changing coverage. You can: Choose to keep your coverage as is Become a dependent under your spouse’s plan Make your spouse a dependent under your plan If one party does become a dependent, they have the […]

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Fluoride 101

May 4, 2022.Individuals.#cavities

What is fluoride? Fluoride is a key mineral for strong, healthy teeth. Most water naturally contains fluoride but usually not enough to prevent tooth decay. Because teeth benefit from consistent exposure to fluoride, many communities add fluoride to water supplies. Approximately 75% of the U.S. population on public water systems benefits from regular access to fluoridated tap water. Why is fluoride important? Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, which helps protect your teeth from decay. It also combats acids in your mouth that can cause cavities. Fluoride can even rebuild the surface of your teeth in the early stages of tooth decay. Who needs fluoride treatment? The amount of fluoride an individual would need depends on their risk level for tooth decay. Many people are at a lower risk for cavities due to fluoridated water, toothpaste, and better oral hygiene. Children ages six and up who are at moderate or high risk […]

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