There’s plenty of buzz about how proposed changes to health care coverage will affect the nation. Millions of people are rightly concerned about the future of their family’s medical (and dental) treatment.
Will The New Bill Affect Dental Care?
According to the Health Affairs Blog, while the Trump administration’s proposed plan would make many changes to health care, it’s not expected to impact the dental field as extensively. That’s because the current Affordable Care Act didn’t stipulate much in the way of dental care for adults.
But the previously mandatory pediatric dental benefits may change. People dependent on Medicaid dental coverage would also be significantly impacted.
What You Can Do Now
In the face of uncertainty, it doesn’t hurt to take advantage of the benefits you have right now. Don’t put off getting that aching tooth looked at. Bite the bullet and get that filling done. Make the most of any preventative dental treatments your family is entitled to. If you currently have coverage for routine dental cleanings and checkups, it might be a good idea to get your scheduled before your coverage changes.
Talk It Out With Your Dentist
Your local dental office has probably already had many discussions with patients about potential changes to health care coverage. Plan a visit as soon as possible to find out what changes they are anticipating. The practice likely has a system in place to make payment easier on the uninsured. Ask whether any financing plans are available.
How new plans affect dental care remains to be seen. But that makes it all the more urgent to do what you can now with the resources at your disposal. Schedule a dental checkup today to get on top of your oral health.
Posted on behalf of:
Fair Lakes Family Dentistry
15103 Mason Rd, Ste. B-8
Cypress, TX 77433
Ready for something fresh? These nine herbs and spices are great natural sources of smile-boosting factors.
Remember, no natural herbal remedy can replace the help of your dentist so schedule a dental checkup and cleaning soon!
Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
Tasty treats are a part of what makes summer special. But keep these healthy tips in mind so that your kids’ smiles stay in great shape and are ready to go by the start of next school year.
Look to Pinterest and other online DIY articles for inspiration. It doesn’t have to take much work to up the wow-factor of some pretty basic foods. Turn plain fruits and vegetables into eye-catching displays of creativity to encourage your kids to eat them.
Even products that you would never consider a sweet or dessert often have some added sweetener to enhance flavor (i.e., sliced deli meat, pasta sauces). High-fructose corn syrup is a major culprit of obesity, digestive problems, and tooth decay but it’s the number one sweetener out there.
Be careful when selecting carbs like pretzels, crackers, and breads which often contain lots of sweeteners. Get smart about checking the ingredients, and you can serve your family with peace of mind.
You want to be a cool parent who lets their kids enjoy traditional summer treats. But balance is necessary. Make sure your kids are fueling up on necessary nutrients, not just freezer waffles all day. Encourage munching on calcium-rich snacks like cheese slices and sugar-free yogurt to support strong teeth.
Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist. Summer is a great time to schedule your kid’s dental cleanings and checkups and taking care of any dental issues before the school year starts.
Posted on behalf of:
Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
In spite of its sugar, caffeine, and fat content, chocolate is receiving more attention for its ability to ward off dental disease.
Why Candy Is Bad For Teeth
All of those simple carbohydrates are very acidic to tooth enamel, to begin with. Throw in the fact that these carbs help power acid-producing bacteria to do their dirty work, and you’ve got a recipe for cavities.
Worst of all are candies that stick to teeth for a long time or that you suck on slowly over the course of an hour or so.
What’s In Chocolate?
If you’ve got to have your sweets, chocolate is a good choice. It melts quickly, so it doesn’t leave behind too much residue that can cause enamel erosion.
Even better is the fact that chocolate contains some key ingredients that can give your smile a healthful boost:
Smile-Healthy Chocolate Habit
This isn’t to say you can just munch on a chocolate bar in place of brushing your teeth. You still need to maintain a steady routine of flossing, rinsing, and wielding a toothbrush.
To get the fullest benefits from chocolate, choose a kind that’s as dark as possible; at least 70% cocoa is ideal. You still need to eat it in moderation.
Don’t forget to keep your regular dental appointments for checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist will let you know whether your chocolate addiction is helping or harming your smile!
Posted on behalf of:
Rolling Hills Dentistry
53 North Street
Danbury, CT 06810
An hour might seem like a long time to clean your teeth when brushing takes only two minutes. You’ve been going to the same office for years – why can’t they make this any faster?
Well, not all of the appointment is cleaning, but it IS all important.
Before your hygienist can start working on your teeth, he or she needs to review your health history. You’ll be asked all sorts of questions about any changes in your health or medications. You might not realize that some changes can make it unsafe to have dental treatment. The hygienist wants to make sure you’re ready for any procedure scheduled that day.
Checking the Teeth
Your dental hygienist is going to “poke around” at your teeth for a minute. He or she will probably ask questions as they do so. They’re just looking for changes in your smile such as:
You might need some diagnostic imaging with x-rays or cavity-detecting lasers. This is how dental professionals get an initial idea of what’s going on with your smile.
The Actual Cleaning
Depending on what your teeth need, you might experience:
This part can take more or less time depending on how many teeth you have and how much buildup is on them.
A basic teeth cleaning appointment varies by office, hygienist, and your individual needs. But one thing is for sure: dental cleanings are important! Contact your local dental office to schedule yours every six months.
Posted on behalf of:
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
If you take a look around the gym, your kid’s sporting activities, or a professional sports ring, you’ll likely see people drinking plenty of sports drinks. We’ve been told they rehydrate us better, make us stronger, and improve our performance. But what a lot of people don’t know, is that they aren’t much more effective than water and that they even cause tooth decay! That’s right, even the healthiest of athletes with great diets and activity levels can have just as many cavities as people who enjoy sodas because of the effects that sports drinks have on their teeth.
Why is this? Sports drinks contain natural or artificial sweeteners that convert to acids once they are in your mouth. That’s the body’s way of digesting them. Since it’s in a liquid form, these acids can coat all of the surface areas of the teeth…especially areas between the teeth and in the deep grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces. Most athletes will drink their sports drinks over an extended period of time, allowing the acids to have a longer contact time (and more destruction) on the enamel.
What can you do instead? If you’re going to drink a sports drink, try to have it all at once and then immediately rinse your mouth out with water. Or better yet, just keep water with you. Water contains fluoride, so it helps strengthen your teeth as it rinses away bacteria in your mouth. If you’re breathing through your mouth (as many athletes do), water helps prevent dry teeth, which are more susceptible to tooth decay. Water is cheaper, has zero calories, and rehydrates you exactly the way nature intended.
If you’re an athlete, it’s important to get your routine dental cleanings and checkups to make sure your sporting habits haven’t actually done anything to your smile!
Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental
Every person should have a local dentist that he or she goes to for bi-annual dental cleaning and check ups. Bi-annual dental visits help to ensure that the teeth, gums, and entire mouth are healthy and clean. Without bi-annual visits to the dentist, small issues can develop into serious problems that affect a person’s oral health as well as the rest of the body. Keeping regularly scheduled dental check ups allow for the mouth to be thoroughly cleaned, thus drastically reducing the chance of oral health problems arising.
The standard recommendation is that everyone should visit the dentist twice a year for check ups and cleanings. That is typically four hours out of the entire year for people to work into their busy schedules. While this may seem very easy to do, many people cancel their appointments and reschedule them multiple times throughout the year. But keeping dental appointments is very important.
Not only does the dentist or dental hygienist thoroughly clean the mouth of plaque and tartar, but it gives him/her the opportunity to see if there are any issues that have made an appearance. By visiting the dentist on a regular bi-annual basis, oral issues such as gingivitis, oral cancer, a cracked filling, etc. can be treated right away before serious results occur. People who have any medical issues that are found in an early stage are much more likely to fully recover.
Before you decide to put off your next dental visit, think again. Your bi-annual dental check up is a vital part of your overall health management plan. Taking care of your mouth promotes a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
Most people assume that dental hygiene is complicated. They just accept that you go once or twice a year and typically you will get a cavity or two. Maybe even have the start to gum disease or other issues. However, dental hygiene isn’t complicated. It does take some work. But once it’s in your normal routine you will be good to go.
Gum disease, cavities, mouth sores, etc. – they all can be avoided with good dental hygiene. So – what’s that all about? Well – it’s simple. It comes down to 3 best practices:
And that’s it – just three easy things to remember. Brush and floss your teeth, keep routine dental appointments, and maintain a healthy diet. With those three steps you will have a happy oral health, which means a happier you!
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
Dentists and hygienists typically recommend having your teeth cleaned every 6 months, but for some people this may be less (or more) frequent than what they personally need. Oral hygiene maintenance is assessed on an individual level at every dental appointment, but 6-month recare visits are typically what the majority of dental patients need.
Why have recare visits on a frequent basis? Because everyone develops plaque and tartar buildup. Tartar is calcified bacteria that deposits itself on the tooth and the roots of teeth below the gums. If left in place, this bacterium causes an immune response in the body to target and destroy the area of infection. As a result, supporting gum tissues and bone are destroyed. Over time this becomes so severe that teeth become mobile and fall out. By maintaining low levels of bacteria and tartar through frequent dental cleanings, patients can avoid the risk of developing periodontal disease.
More frequent visits are needed for patients that suffer from active gum disease, have had a history of periodontal disease, or that just build up larger amounts of tartar than other people do. Frequent removal of calcified bacteria is essential to prevent the recurrence of dental disease. In some rare cases, certain patients have such exceptional oral hygiene and naturally limited tartar buildup that they may only see the dentist once a year for cleanings, but we stress that this is not typical.
If it’s been years since your last cleaning, don’t worry. Your dentist and hygienist see patients like this on a regular basis. It’s never too late to have a healthy smile.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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