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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 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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Frequently Asked Questions about Children’s Oral Health

August 3, 2018.Individuals.#battle bottle

Helping your child develop good oral health habits not only benefits their smile, but is also vital to their overall well-being.  Cavities are one of the most prevalent diseases among children.  If a cavity, or other oral health issue, remains untreated, it can cause discomfort and affect common tasks like eating, speaking and even learning in school.  Teaching your child how to properly care for their teeth as well as visiting the dentist regularly ensures that your child keeps their teeth healthy for a lifetime. We’ve put together a list of ten common questions asked about children’s oral health.   1. When should I start brushing my child’s teeth? You can start good oral health habits from birth. Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or gauze after feedings. Once teeth emerge, you can use an infant tooth brush and a tiny amount (a smear the size of […]

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Five Ways to Have a Smile-Friendly Summer

July 2, 2018.Individuals.#dentist

For many of us, summertime means enjoying the weather, swimming, cookouts, vacations, less hectic schedules and much more. While you’re hopefully relaxing a bit and enjoying the summer, remember to prioritize oral health this summer. Here are five ways to keep your summer smile-friendly: Use lip balm with SPF. Even if you generously apply sunscreen and reapply every few hours, you are not protecting your skin as well as you should from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Lips are the top area of the body people often overlook and exposing them to the sun may increase your risk for oral cancer. Apply an SPF 30 lip balm or lip sunscreen alone or under lip gloss and remember to reapply every couple of hours for full protection from the sun. Plus, it will help protect your lips from chapping.   Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or during other high-impact summer […]

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