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Tips For Treating Dry Mouth

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Dec 8, 2014 12:41:44 PM



Your body’s work includes producing 2 to 4 pints of saliva daily. The six glands primarily responsible for this task are located inside each cheek, deep underneath your tongue, and near your front teeth by the jaw bone.


After the saliva is produced it moves through tubes called salivary ducts. You can test drive the process by yawning. Chances are you’ll end up with a small pool of saliva under your tongue because when you yawn your facial muscles push against your sublingual salivary glands, which produces a small stream of salvia.


Yawning is a quick fix for a temporary dry mouth. But if you don’t produce enough salvia on a regular basis, you have “xerostomia”– more commonly known as dry mouth.

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Topics: Oral Health Tips, :DentalPlans

Dealing With Dental Emergencies

Posted by :DentalPlans

Dec 4, 2014 12:13:00 PM


When you or a loved one has a tooth that is loose, broken, has been knocked out of your mouth or forced out of position the absolute best thing to do is to get to the dentist as quickly as you can.


If you can get treatment within an hour or so of the incident it’s more likely that the tooth can be saved – dependent on the type and severity of the injury of course. In any case, fast treatment will reduce pain and the chance of infection.


So the first thing you do immediately following any injury to the teeth is to call your dentist and book an emergency appointment. Then follow the steps below to increase the chances that treatment will be successful.

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Topics: Dental Emergency, :DentalPlans

12 Days Of Giveaways!

Posted by :DentalPlans

Dec 2, 2014 11:45:00 AM



Grinch, be gone. This year, we’re going to smile our way through the entire holiday season. The last month of 2014 is going to be a full-on Whoville happy fest.


And we’re going to ensure that you keep smiling too because (drumroll, please) it’s time once again for our 12 Days of Giveaways special year-end event on our Facebook


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Topics: Giveaway, :DentalPlans

10 Reasons To Be Thankful For Your Teeth!

Posted by :DentalPlans

Nov 24, 2014 12:27:00 PM



September 20 is Love Your Teeth Day in China.  Since we don’t have a similar festival here, we figured Thanksgiving would be the perfect time to show our gratitude to the 32 little friends that live in our mouths. If you’re stuck coming up with reasons to say thanks to your teeth, here are our top ten reasons.


  1. Thanks for all your hard work: Three meals a day, with an average chewing rate of about 10 times per mouthful of food works out to 10,000ish bites per meal. That equals 30,000 chews a day.  It’s not easy being a tooth.
  2. Thanks for not going crazy and overpopulating. We think the typical human allotment of 32 teeth is perfect. (Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, possums have 50 teeth, and snails have thousands . That’s fine for them, but it’s a lot of flossing for a human.)
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Topics: :DentalPlans

What To Do When Nothing Tastes Good

Posted by :DentalPlans

Nov 20, 2014 11:34:03 AM



Reaching for the salt and pepper more often than you used to? Wondering why everything suddenly tastes so bland … or awful? Totally indifferent to the dishes you once loved? Don’t blame the cook – your sense of taste may be the culprit.


It’s not uncommon for people to lose their sense of taste either completely or partially for a short period of time. Chances are you’ve noticed a change or reduction in how things taste whenever you have a bad cold. Thankfully it is rare to completely lose your sense of taste permanently.


More than 200,000 people visit a doctor each year for problems with their ability to taste or smell, and up to 15 percent of adults might have impaired abilities to taste or smell but don’t seek medical help.


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Topics: :DentalPlans, Oral Health

Dental Care Without Insurance

Posted by :DentalPlans

Nov 18, 2014 11:48:00 AM



Got dental insurance? Then you best make the most of it now, because you may not have it later.


According to the :DP™ SmileMeter, a national survey on American dental health issues, six out of ten people currently receive dental benefits as part of their employer-sponsored health plans.


But by 2025 almost all major employers will not be funding health insurance plans and fewer than 20 percent of people working in the private sector will receive healthcare coverage through an employer, according to “Reinventing American Healthcare,” a book by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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Topics: :DentalPlans

Hearing Loss: What You Need To Know Now

Posted by :DentalPlans

Nov 17, 2014 9:48:27 AM



Are you always asking people to repeat what they just said?


Do people often ask you to turn down the volume when you’re watching TV or listening to music?


Do you have an especially hard time figuring out what people are saying when you are in a noisy room?  Or when you can’t see someone’s face – like when you’re talking on the telephone?


Have you noticed that you have a really tough time hearing “t,” “s” and “d” sounds?


If you answered yes to any one of the questions above, it’s time to get your hearing tested.  


About 36 million Americans have hearing loss, and it is the third most common health problem in the U.S.

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Topics: :DentalPlans, Hearing

America's Senior Dental Care Crisis

Posted by :DentalPlans

Nov 12, 2014 10:28:44 AM




Healthy teeth have become an unaffordable luxury for far too many of our senior citizens.


Routine dental care is not provided under Medicare, and less than 20 percent of older Americans have private dental insurance. While the ACA marketplace does offer some dental insurance plans, traditional insurance doesn’t always meet seniors’ needs.


“Many older people have a preexisting dental condition, which dental insurance typically does not cover - and certainly won’t cover without a long waiting period. And many seniors need the more complicated restorative procedures, which insurance also may not cover,” says Bill Chase, VP of marketing for :DentalPlans.


“Many older people have a preexisting dental condition, which dental insurance typically does not cover - and certainly won’t cover without a long waiting period. And many seniors need the more complicated restorative procedures, which insurance also may not cover.”

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Topics: :DentalPlans, ACA

Heal Your Cavities, Naturally? Remineralizing Your Teeth

Posted by :DentalPlans

Nov 11, 2014 11:23:00 AM



So many of the stories are the same.


They always start when Dad or a kid wanders up to his wife/mom, opens wide and shows her some particularly horrible dental disaster. Mom is horrified, shocked, dismayed, sad …. and concerned about how much money fixing the horror is going to cost.


But hey – no need for a dentist. Mom has either heard, is told, or discovers online that teeth can heal themselves naturally if you change your diet.  She implements an action plan, and voila – before you know it the cavities are all gone. Life is good again.


Mom tells her story on her blog, carefully mentioning a particular book that has populated the “heal your teeth” concept so others can know all about this secret the scientists and medical industry are keeping from us.

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Topics: Cavities, :DentalPlans

:DentalPlans: Teeth and More!

Posted by :DentalPlans

Nov 5, 2014 12:42:00 PM



Healthy teeth have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing and confidence. But :DentalPlans savings don’t start and end with teeth, we want to help make every bit of you healthy and happy.


About 50% of the dental savings plans available on include discounts on hearing and vision services, prescription drugs, and/or chiropractic services. You can even opt to purchase a vision plan that offers discounts on LASIK procedures and contact lenses.


Standard insurance plans may not cover these services, or may place restrictions on how often they will reimburse you for eyeglasses/hearing aids, or chiropractic visits.  Unless your health needs can be predicted and scheduled, these limitations can end up costing you. It’s so annoying to have to pay your insurance premiums and also pay for the care you need!


Vision and the Affordable Care Act


Health plans offered on the federal and state-run exchanges must cover medically necessary visionprocedures such as cataract surgery. They also have to provide coverage for eye exams and glasses for children.


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Topics: Affordable Care Act, :DentalPlans

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