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5 Reasons to use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year

Did you know that you could actually save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the end of the year? While some dental insurance plans run on a fiscal year, most run on a calendar year. If your dental insurance plan is on a calendar year, these 5 reasons will show you why you should make a dental appointment now.

1. Yearly Maximum: The yearly maximum is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for your dental work within one full year. This amount varies by insurance company, but the average is around $1,000 per year, per person. The yearly maximum usually renews every year (on January 1 if your plan is on a calendar year). If you have unused benefits, these will not rollover.

2. Deductible: The deductible is the amount of money that you must pay to your dentist out of pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. This fee varies from one plan to another and could be higher if you choose an out-of-network dentist. However, the average deductible for a dental insurance plan is usually around $50 per year. Your deductible also starts again when your plan rolls over.

3. Premiums: If you are paying your dental insurance premiums every month, you should be using your benefits. Even if you don’t need any dental treatment, you should always have your regular dental cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other dental problems.

 4. Fee Increases: Another reason to use your benefits before the end of the year are possible fee increases. Some dentists raise their rates at the beginning of the year due to the increased cost of living, materials and equipment. A fee increase can also make your copay higher.

5. Dental Problems Can Worsen: By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later. Call  Dr. Slone’s office and schedule an appointment to use those benefits. We will look forward to hearing from you.

While every child is different, most of the primary teeth (baby teeth) come in between the ages of 4 and 12 months. The following are general guidelines for the eruption of the baby teeth:

1.       The first tooth to erupt is usually a middle, front tooth on the lower jaw, known as the central incisor.

2.       This is followed by the second central incisor on the lower jaw.

3.       Next, the four upper incisors usually come in.

4.       Then come the first four molars, and the remaining bottom two lateral incisors. (Lateral incisors are beside of (lateral to) the central incisors.)

5.       Then the cuspids, or the pointed teeth, appear.

6.       Usually, after the child reaches 2 years old, the four second molars (the last of the baby teeth) appear.

The teeth on the upper jaw usually erupt one to two months after the same tooth on the lower jaw. There are a total of 20 primary teeth. Usually, about one tooth erupts per month once the teeth have started coming in. There is normally a space between all the baby teeth. This leaves room for the larger permanent teeth to erupt.

Eruption of teeth happens at different times for each child. Below, we have provided average ages of eruption and shedding:

When will the permanent teeth come in?

Your child will begin losing his/her primary teeth (baby teeth) around the age of 6.

The first teeth to be lost are usually the central incisors. This is then followed by the eruption of the first permanent molars. The last baby tooth is usually lost around the age of 12, and is the cuspid or second molar.

There will be a total of 32 permanent, or adult teeth.

Courtesy of : childrenshospital.org

Causes of Tooth Loss

August 5, 2010

Causes of Tooth Loss

Physical trauma or injury: Severe blow to the face or injury can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out. Our teeth are quite strong and hence it takes quite a large amount of force to displace the teeth from their sockets.

Gum (periodontal) disease: Gum disease is the leading cause for tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is the inflammation or infection of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth. When gum disease has progressed to an advanced stage, it causes the resoption (degradation) of the bone supporting the tooth. This leads to the tooth loosening and eventually falling out.

Dental caries: It is an irreversible microbial disease of the tooth which damages the tooth structure. Also known as tooth decay or cavities, it can result in tooth loss over a period of time. Prevention of tooth loss Brushing and flossing: Gum disease and tooth decay occur often as a result of poor oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day to keep dental problems at bay. Flossing helps remove food debris in between your teeth and is recommended. Regular visits to dentist: It is recommended to visit your dentist regularly to identify oral problems in their initial stage. Fluoride therapy: use of fluoridated toothpaste and mouth wash is advisable as it prevents dental caries and hence tooth loss. Dental sealants: Dental sealants are often applied in children on the chewing surfaces of back teeth as it acts as a physical barrier against dental caries.

Treatment:

Dental implants: Dental implant is the replacement of the missing tooth/teeth by an artificial tooth which are embedded in your jaw bone. It is the most advanced treatment for tooth loss and is costly.

Bridges: Dental bridges are also known as fixed partial dentures. They replace the missing tooth and are supported by surrounding teeth. Removable partial dentures: These are removable dentures which replace the missing teeth.

 Complete denture: In cases of completely missing teeth, a complete denture is an effective way to replace the missing teeth. Comments on this entry are closed.

 

Courtesy of: dental healthsite.com

It’s the middle of the afternoon and a quick pick-me-up would taste great. Reach for a soda. Dinner is over and something to wash down the meal is in order. Grab a soda. After a morning on the beach or a hard game of tennis, a cold and wet drink would be refreshing. What’s one more soda? One more soda may be one too many. The sugar and acid in those sodas are doing a lot of damage to teeth, gums and bones by eroding the enamel.

Sugar Plus Acid Equal Tooth Decay

Regular sodas can contain the equivalent of nine to 12 teaspoons of sugar per can. Get an extra large drink, and the amount of sugar is supersized, too. While many people find the sweet taste of soda enjoyable, the bacteria in the mouth consider all that sugar an all-you-can-eat buffet. The sugar interacts with the bacteria, producing acid which can cause dental erosion and weaken gums.

It takes 20 minutes or less for the acids in the mouth to start eating away at tooth enamel. A constant diet of sodas means a lot more visits to the dentist in the future.

The Acid in Diet Sodas Are Just as Bad

Switching to diet sodas because they seem healthier won’t work. Although diet sodas don’t contain sugar, they still contain chemicals that can erode tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Automotive mechanic might reach for phosphoric acid to clean battery terminals, but they wouldn’t want to drink it. Surprise. Sodas also contain carbonic or phosphoric acid which, over time, can dissolve the calcium out of a tooth’s enamel. Without the protection of the enamel layer, the soft tissue underneath is open to bacteria leading to cavities and tooth destruction. Over time, the acid can also weaken gums and jawbones.

Getting a cavity filled is bad enough, but diseased and weakened gums and jawbones are a leading cause of tooth loss. Soda today, dentures tomorrow.

Tips on Cutting down on Soda to Protect Your Teeth

The best thing to do? Cut out sodas. Not ready to go cold turkey? At least cut down on the number of drinks.

  • When drinking sodas, don’t sip them slowly. The longer the soda stays in the mouth, the more time the acid has to erode tooth enamel. This is one time when drinking fast is actually a healthy decision.
  • Use a straw. Drinking through a straw means less of the soda will be in direct contact with a tooth’s surface.
  • After drinking a soda, drink water to rinse away some of the acid.
  • Substitute other drinks for some sodas. A glass of cold water is nice. Or drink some herbal tea. But stay away from too many fruit juices or fruit drinks as they often contain a lot of sugar.
  • Consider using one of the new pro-enamel toothpastes that help protect the tooth’s outer layer.

Remember, nature only gave people one set of adult teeth. Take care of them and they’ll last a lifetime.

 

Sources: Dental-health.com “Soda Pop and Your Dental Health.””ivillage.com” 9 Foods That Trash Your Teeth: Diet Sodas.”   “Recipes.howstuffworks.com “How much sugar do they really put in soft drinks?”

Decay can begin on the top surface of a tooth, beside a tooth, or underneath the gum, mid-root on a tooth. It can most often be seen on X-rays but not always. Decay that starts at the top of a tooth usually has to be probed and explored with a sharp instrument to see if the hole or decay has gone through the enamel into the tooth itself. If it has advanced from the top surface, then sometimes the X-ray will show the decay. Often, decay on a root or in between teeth is obvious on an X-ray. If decay is on the side of the tooth — the outer or inner (tongue) side — then it may not show up on the X-ray as well. There are also times when scaling and root planing can reveal a cavity that would not otherwise be seen on an X-ray or during a routine dental examination.

It is always good policy to see a quality dentist and hygienist who can do bitewing X-rays to check for cavities every year and full-mouth X-rays every three to five years. The X-ray examination is only one part of the picture — the rest is clinical observation, patient reports of sensitivity or pain, and clinical examination by probing and scaling the mouth and evaluating every tooth for surfaces of decay.

Brushing Teeth May Keep Away Heart Disease

Study Shows People Who Brush Teeth Less Frequently Are at Higher Risk for Heart Disease.  Brushing your teeth is not only good for your pearly whites, it also decreases your chances of suffering a heart attack, a new study indicates.
Researchers in England analyzed data from more than 11,000 people taking part in a study called the Scottish Health Survey. They examined lifestyle habits such as smoking, overall psyical activity, and oral health routines.

Patients were asked whether they visited a dentist at least once every six months, every one to two years, rarely, or never. They were also asked how often they brushed their teeth — twice daily, once a day, or less than every day.

The researchers found that:

  • 62% of participants said they went to a dentist every six months.
  • 71% said they brushed their teeth twice a day.

After adjusting the data for cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, smoking, social class, and family heart disease history, the researchers found that people who admitted to brushing their teeth less frequently had a 70% extra risk of heart disease.

People who reported poor oral hygiene also tested positive for bloodstream inflammatory markers such as fibrinogen and C-reactive protein.

“Our results confirmed and further strengthened the suggested association between oral hygiene and the risk of cardiovascular disease,” Richard Watt, DDS, of University College London, says in a news release. “Furthermore, inflammatory markers were significantly associated with a very simple measure of poor oral health behavior.”

He says more studies are needed to confirm the findings and to determine whether oral health and cardiovascular disease are causal or simply risk markers.

The findings of the study were not necessarily shocking, the researchers say, because scientists have increasingly wondered about a possible connection between dental disease and cardiovascular health.

“Inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, and markers of low grade inflammation have been consistently associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease,” they write.

Poor oral hygiene is the major cause of periodontal disease, a chronic infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. Thus, gum infections seem to add to the inflammatory burden on individuals, increasing cardiovascular risk, the researchers say.

Oral infections are common, so doctors should be alert to infections in the mouth as signs of increased inflammation, and tell patients to brush their teeth and maintain good oral hygiene, the researchers conclude.

The study is published in the journal BMJ.