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Jun
4

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

A question that is common for dental patients to ask is “how often should I have my teeth cleaned?” This question is even more common for patients that have had a long hiatus in their dental care, due to busy schedules or lack of insurance coverage. For the majority of people, preventive dental cleanings and checkups should be scheduled about every 6 months. For others, they may need to be seen more frequently, as often as every 3 or 4 months until conditions like gum disease are managed.

Let’s talk about why teeth should be professionally cleaned. Even with the best oral hygiene (and that means flossing every single day), people will build up a small amount of tartar on their teeth. People that don’t floss or brush properly will have more tartar buildup, as well as excess plaque deposits in hard-to-reach areas that a toothbrush doesn’t reach. These bacterial deposits cause the gum tissue to become infected, which in turn will also encourage the loss of bone support around the teeth. Thoroughly removing all tartar and plaque gives each person a chance at having a blank slate that encourages disease reversal and aids in their regular oral hygiene practices.

People with bone loss or deep pockets around their teeth may need cleanings every 3 or 4 months, usually called periodontal maintenance visits. Delaying these cleanings will only allow bacteria to stay in place and further disease conditions.

During a cleaning, teeth are scaled either manually or with an ultrasonic scaler to remove calcified deposits along the teeth and just under the gumlines. Superficial stain is then polished away as well. If you have visible buildup on your teeth, then it’s time to visit your dentist!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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May
21

Why Doesn’t My Insurance Cover That?

Posted in Dental Costs

Have you ever gone to the dentist and been told that you needed to have a certain procedure in order to restore, repair, or save a damaged tooth? Perhaps it’s been years since you’ve had a dental check-up due to lack of insurance coverage, and now that you’re on a new plan you just want to get your smile healthy again. After talking about what options you have to restore your teeth, the financial coordinator discusses the fees for each service and your estimated insurance benefits, only to find out that your insurance may or may not pay for a certain procedure.

Your insurance coverage is based on the type of plan that either you or your employer have chosen as part of a package. Some types of insurances only cover a set percentage of certain procedures, regardless of the price. For instance, a common example is an insurance plan that pays 80% of restorative procedures and 50% of major procedures. This leaves the patient responsible for a portion of their fees, and requires a financial investment on behalf of the patient for care to be completed. Other types of insurance plans are based on a percentage of the fee, assuming that the fee does not exceed a dollar amount. If the fee goes over that amount, the additional difference is the responsibility of the patient.

Getting routine preventive care is important to keep your smile healthy and maximize the amount of coverage that most patients receive. Typical insurance plans cover 100% of preventive procedures, maximizing the patients ability to access routine dental cleanings and checkups, exams, and x-rays to screen for decay before it becomes too progressed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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