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Financing Dental Care: Options and Opportunities

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Jan 28, 2015 10:54:19 AM



There's no doubt about it: dental treatment can be a costly item indeed. The high-tech equipment and highly skilled professionals involved in your care often come along with a hefty price tag. Even people who are covered by dental insurance may be subject to high deductibles and co-pays, and limits on the total cost for certain procedures. Yet high-quality dental care—whether it's needed to restore a damaged tooth or to help you get the smile you've always wanted—can truly have a positive impact on your life.

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Topics: :DentalPlans, Affordable Dental Care

What's In Your Mouth?

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Jan 26, 2015 10:58:32 AM



If you’re a germaphobe, stop reading right now. Seriously.  Go find something else to do, such as wiping down all the surfaces of your home with bleach (again).




And now that the squeamish have left the virtual room, we can share this news with no worries about sending anyone into a psychosomatic hissy fit: according to a recent study, a  single romantic kiss transfers 80 million bacteria from one mouth to another in a mere ten seconds.


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Brushing Baby's Teeth

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Jan 23, 2015 10:44:09 AM



Babies have a lot of growing to do during the first half-year of life. In that time, many will double their birth weight, grow a fuller head of hair, and start rolling over and sitting up on their own. Another important milestone is often reached at around six or seven months: Baby's first teeth will start to make their appearance! Those little pearly-whites (which may come in as early as three or as late as 12 months) certainly make for a cute-looking smile—but they also need a little bit of care. Do you know what's the best way to clean your baby's new teeth? Here are five tips that can help.


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Topics: Childrens Dental Care, :DentalPlans

These Stars Shine Brightly After Dental Makeovers

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Jan 21, 2015 10:03:52 AM





If you were lucky enough to be born with perfectly straight, white teeth – congratulations! But if not, don’t fret: You’re in good company. In fact, some of the brightest stars in Hollywood’s sky needed a little help to get their red-carpet smiles. A dental makeover could be as simple as teeth whitening, or as involved as tooth replacement. But whatever degree of work you need, it’s all about getting the smile you’ve always dreamed about. 


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Topics: Celebrity Smiles, :DentalPlans

Print Your New Teeth - 3D Printing Set To Revolutionize Dentistry

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Jan 19, 2015 12:19:05 PM



If you’ve experienced a dental disaster that requires the replacement of a tooth or teeth, you’ve probably gone a week (or more) with a gaping hole where your tooth/teeth used to be. Or you had a temporary denture in your mouth, which didn’t fit and wasn’t comfortable and probably fell out a few times during the weeks it took to get your replacement teeth made.


Happily those days will soon be over for many dental patients, thanks to 3D printing. More than 10 million crowns and bridges have already been 3D-printed, and dental technology is currently leading the way in a field that will soon include printing of replacement parts for nearly every health problem – from hip replacements to prosthetics, internal “splints” that will dissolve as the body repairs itself to  complete exoskeletons for people who have muscular wasting conditions or paralysis.

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What If You Have a Dental Emergency – And No Insurance?

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Jan 14, 2015 5:25:40 PM



Emergencies don't keep regular hours—they often occur when you least expect them. Some people wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing pain deep in the jaw; others have a tooth knocked out during a weekend game of backyard basketball. It's stressful enough when a dental emergency happens—even without worrying about how you're going to pay for it if you don't have dental insurance. But one thing is certain: You shouldn't let the lack of insurance stop you from getting needed treatment. Here are five suggestions for uninsured people dealing with dental emergencies.


1) Be Prepared for an Emergency


Do you know what to do if disease or accident results in injury to your teeth, jaw, or the soft tissue of your mouth? A little preparation can go a long way toward making sure you get the best outcome—and it may help you control costs as well. The website section on dental emergencies is a common-sense guide that explains what to do in several situations where urgent care may be needed. Becoming familiar with this and other resources BEFORE an emergency strikes can help you manage difficult circumstances with confidence.

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Topics: Dental Emergency, Insurance Alternative, :DentalPlans

Can Your Toothbrush Make You Sick?

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Jan 12, 2015 12:37:01 PM



Got a cold? Suffering from the flu? You’re not alone.


According to a new Gallup poll, a record number of Americans reported being sick last month. 11.6% of those polled said that they’d had a cold in December 2014, the highest monthly rate since Gallup began tracking flu and colds since 2008. The previous record was 10.8% sick people in January 2013.


And, on any given day of December 2014, an average of 4.0% people reported being sick with flu - higher than all previous Decembers since 2008. January and February are traditionally the peak months for flu, so unless the flu season peaked early this year we could be in for a rough winter.

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How Gum Disease Causes Bad Breath

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Jan 9, 2015 12:23:48 PM




What would getting rid of bad breath be worth to you... maybe three billion dollars? That's the amount Americans are estimated to spend every year on remedies (including mints, gum, sprays and mouthrinses) for the age-old problem of halitosis, or unpleasant-smelling breath. Yet almost none of the items on consumers' shopping lists really address the origin of bad breath—they're simply cover-ups that temporarily replace a disagreeable odor with one that's more pleasant. To treat this problem effectively, it's necessary to look at what causes bad breath and how it can be controlled.


Bad breath can be caused by many factors. Malodorous "morning mouth," a universal issue among adults, occurs after the oral cavity has become dry and inactive overnight. Brushing the teeth usually relieves it. Garlic breath or smoker's breath has an obvious, odiferous cause—and the same effect may be produced by alcohol, cheese, and many other substances. But in many cases of bad breath, the culprit isn't something you take into your mouth, it's something that's already there: namely, bacteria.

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Topics: Gum Disease, :DentalPlans

Spotting Dental Decay Earlier May Enable Self-Healing Cavities

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Jan 6, 2015 11:00:00 AM



Your dentist may soon be performing a laser and light show inside of your mouth.  The desired end result: cavities that disappear as efficiently as a magician’s assistant. 


But this is science, not smoke and mirrors magic. Scientists and dental experts believe that they can team your body’s innate ability to heal with the advances made by modern dentistry in order to provide a less intrusive and better way to deal with dental decay.


Early prevention plays a huge role in oral health. New cavity-detection systems can detect decay much earlier than x-rays. These machines, some of which utilize low-power, pulsating laser lights, were first developed in 2013. The earliest systems measured the fluorescence caused by bacteria that cause tooth decay. The newest ones measure the heat and light reflected from a tooth to warn of tiny changes in the structure of that tooth.

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Topics: Dental Care, :DentalPlans

5 Remedies For Dental Anxiety

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Jan 2, 2015 1:04:00 PM



"Hey honey—I've got a fun idea: Let's go to the dentist!"


Even in a wacky sitcom, it's doubtful anyone ever uttered that line. We all know that regular dental visits are necessary for our good health... but they aren't most people's idea of fun. In fact, it's completely natural to feel a little anxiety when it's your turn to sit in the chair.


For some people, however, a trip to the dental offices is an occasion that's much worse: It can provoke apprehension, dread, even terror. This extreme form of fear is called "dental phobia," and it is estimated to affect up to ten percent of Americans; lots more—perhaps 20 percent—go to the dentist only when it's absolutely necessary. Fear keeps many people from getting needed care, and tends to create a vicious cycle where the lack of routine care leads to poor oral health, causing even worse dental issues. But there are a number of ways to control dental anxiety and keep it from hurting your oral health. Here are five tips for overcoming your fear of the dentist.


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Topics: Dental Care, :DentalPlans

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