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May
21

Financing Your Dental Care

Sometimes preventive oral care isn’t enough, and tooth decay, aesthetic concerns, or dental pain leave us needing to have other types of procedures completed. If the treatment needed comes as a surprise, or turns out to be more extensive than you were prepared for, your dental insurance can be very beneficial for covering a portion of the fees. Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover 100% of restorative procedures, or patients may not have insurance at all.

Repairing your teeth while needs are as small as possible keeps care more affordable and the treatment less invasive. Fillings are smaller and more affordable than a root canal 6 months from now. If larger treatment is needed, or several smaller procedures are beginning to add up, it’s important for patients to understand what type of financing is available in order to help them restore their smiles sooner rather than later. Your financial coordinator can let you know an estimate of fees that your insurance plan should provide, preventing unexpected surprises after the claim is submitted for reimbursement.

Most dental offices are able to take credit cards, provide a payment plan, or have access to 3rd party financing companies such as CareCredit or Springstone. Typically, these payment plans are 0% interest or low interest loans when paid off within 12-18 months. Patients can take advantage of this financing to keep treatment smaller, more affordable, and protect the health of their teeth.

If you’ve been told that you needed expensive, extensive dental care, it never hurts to have a second opinion given by another dentist. See your trusted dental provider about necessary treatment today, and ask about the financing services that they accept.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Mar
3

Are Some Forms of Sugar Worse For Your Teeth Than Others?

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A very common misconception among dental patients is how different forms of sugars affect their oral health. Truth be told, many “sugars” may be worse than others, and people don’t even realize that they’re doing more harm than good by consuming them.

Liquid forms of sugars can wreak the most havoc on tooth enamel compared to solid forms of sugar. That’s because sugars found in drinks, like soda, sports drinks, juice, and even milk can coat the entire tooth and begin causing enamel decalcification in areas that are difficult to keep clean. Candies that are in the form of sprays or liquid are potentially more harmful than what would be found in something such as chocolate.

Sugar substitutes like those found in “diet” drinks can still decrease pH in the mouth and cause acidic erosion on enamel, even though they are not the same type of sweetener as table sugar. They can result in tooth decay and more frequent dental fillings, crowns, and other dental restorations

One exception is the alternative sugar known as Xylitol, which is a 5-carbon sugar that physically interferes with the ability of plaque bacteria to build up in the mouth. Getting 5 Xylitol exposures each day is known to have a tremendous effect on overall oral hygiene just as much as thorough toothbrushing. However, if you’re using it in food, you’ll want to limit the amount consumed each day as it can cause some GI irritation.

Ultimately, sugar in moderation is fine, but frequent exposures throughout the day will increase the time that there is a lower pH and acid is active on the teeth. Sipping on a diet soda for several hours is worse than drinking a regular soda during a meal, as it drags out exposure time.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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