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When Do You Brush Your Teeth and How Often?

Friday, May. 3rd 2024 3:45 PM

Do you brush your teeth when you first wake up in the morning or after having breakfast?

When it comes to brushing our teeth, there are different opinions on when and how often to do it. Some people prefer to brush their teeth right after waking up in the morning, while others prefer to do it after breakfast. The truth is that both options are valid, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference and lifestyle.

If you brush your teeth after breakfast, waiting at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything acidic, such as orange juice or coffee, is essential. Acid weakens the tooth enamel, and brushing immediately after eating can actually do more harm than good. Waiting a bit allows the saliva to neutralize the acid and protect the teeth.

As for how often to brush, most dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day. Doing so helps remove plaque and prevent cavities and gum disease. Therefore, brushing your teeth before going to bed is important to maintain good oral hygiene.

Why should you brush your teeth before going to bed if you are going to brush them in the morning?

Throughout the day, bacteria and plaque build up on your teeth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. By brushing your teeth before bed, you can remove any food particles and plaque accumulated on your teeth and gums, which can help prevent dental problems. Additionally, when you sleep, your mouth produces less saliva, making it easier for bacteria to grow and cause damage to your teeth and gums. So, brushing before bed is important in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Remember to use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush, and don’t forget to floss daily to remove any stubborn food particles and bacteria between the teeth. See your dentist for regular dental checkups, and if you do not have dental insurance, to help keep your dental care cost more affordable, call our member service line at 310-534-3444. Our team of experts can explain each plan’s various options and benefits and help you select the one that best fits your needs and budget.

Posted on May. 3rd 2024 | by carol | in Dental Help, Kids Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Using the Correct Equipment in Maintaining Your Dental Health

Thursday, Apr. 11th 2024 10:02 AM

When it comes to your dental health, it would help if you started using the right tools to do the job correctly. Use toothpaste with fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively. A side benefit is they can help reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis) more than a manual brushing dose.

Here are some additional brushing tips to help maintain your dental health:

  1. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time.
  2. Use gentle circular or back-and-forth motions to clean all surfaces of your teeth and gums.
  3. Remember to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
  4. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
  5. Avoid brushing too hard, as this can damage your enamel and irritate your gums.
  6. Consider using a mouthwash or dental floss to clean hard-to-reach areas between your teeth.
Posted on Apr. 11th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Help, Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Cost of Dental Bridge 

Wednesday, Apr. 3rd 2024 4:15 PM

Question: How much does a bridge cost, and is it permanent? 

Answer:  Dental bridges are an excellent option for restoring missing teeth and improving the appearance of your smile. The cost of a bridge can vary depending on several factors, such as the number of teeth being replaced, the type of bridge, and the region you’re located in. A single fixed bridge can cost anywhere from $500 to $900 per tooth. Remember that this cost is per tooth and doesn’t include the expenses for anchoring crowns on either side of the bridge. 

It’s important to note that dental insurance can help cover the cost of the bridge, typically paying for about half of the total cost. However, insurance policies vary, so it’s best to check with your provider to see what’s covered. 

As far as permanence goes, dental bridges can last for many years with proper care. With regular visits to the dentist and an excellent oral hygiene routine, a dental bridge can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for your bridge to ensure it lasts as long as possible. 

I hope this information helps! Let me know if you have any further questions. You can call our member service line at 310-534-3444. Our team of experts can explain each plan’s various options and benefits and help you select the one that best fits your needs and budget.

Posted on Apr. 3rd 2024 | by carol | in Dental Help, Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Kids Teeth and Dental Care Regarding Poor Tooth Enamel. 

Thursday, Mar. 28th 2024 1:09 PM

My son has terrible teeth enamel on his baby teeth. He is seven and has already had five fillings done. This is going to be very costly. Even though I have dental insurance for him, it does not pay out that much, and I have to pay the difference. 

Does anyone know how to slow him down from getting cavities? As it is now, he is brushing three times a day and using toothpaste that is supposed to help tooth enamel, but I don’t know how much that is working.

Reply: Has your son’s dentist talked to you about dental sealants? Dental sealants are a thin protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. They can help prevent cavities by smoothing the grooves and pits on the teeth where food and bacteria can quickly accumulate. Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities. 

Most dental insurance plans provide benefits for dental sealants for children, so it could be a cost-effective way to prevent future dental problems. If your current dental insurance does not provide coverage for dental sealant or has limited coverage, you may want to start shopping it out for a plan that will fit your and your son’s current dental needs better. 

Posted on Mar. 28th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Insurance for a 23-year-old

Wednesday, Mar. 6th 2024 10:32 AM

I am a 23-year-old part-time student/worker—no kids and not married. I have not been to the dentist since I got dropped from my dad’s insurance. How much dental insurance is available for a part-time student? Is there any discount for being a student even if you are only part-time?

Reply:  It’s great that you are considering getting dental insurance. While your school may provide some insurance options for students, it’s not a guarantee that they offer discounts for part-time students. So, check with your school’s insurance office to see if they offer dental insurance plans that could work for you.

If you cannot find an insurance plan through your school, you can purchase individual dental insurance independently. However, most individual dental insurance plans don’t offer student discounts. That being said, you should look into dental HMO insurance plans, which are typically low-cost and can provide you with necessary dental coverage. 

I hope this information helps you make an informed decision about your dental insurance options. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!

Posted on Mar. 6th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Help | No Comments »

What is the aftercare a baby tooth extraction

Sunday, Jul. 10th 2011 7:32 AM

My son who is five year old just had three baby teeth removed do to bad dental carries. He was very good while the dentist removed his teeth. However when the dentist was done with the extractions my son really just wanted to go home.

Now I know I should have taken more time to ask the dentist about his aftercare but I was only thinking of my son at the time. My son needs to go back to the dentist in a week to be fitted for space maintainers.

I guessing his gums will be heal by then. But since I forgot to ask about the aftercare I am not really sure. So besides trying to keep his mouth clean is there anything else I should be doing for him?

Posted on Jul. 10th 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Kids dental care, Pulling out baby teeth

Monday, May. 16th 2011 12:00 PM

Kids dental care, Pulling out baby teeth.  My son has two baby teeth that are really loose.  You can see the adult teeth coming in but the baby teeth have yet to come out.  Should I take him to a dentist to have them pulled?  Or will they come out if I just leave them alone.  I do not have much money but I take him to the dentist is need be.   Helpful advise please

Posted on May. 16th 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | 3 Comments »

Buying Dental Insurance Online for kids and families

Sunday, May. 1st 2011 12:50 PM

Buying Dental Insurance Online for kids and families.   I do not know much about how to go about buying dental insurance for myself and my two boys.   My insurance agent does not sell dental insurance and told me to go online and get some since dental insurance plans are cheap and easy to get online.   I do not know where to find the cheap and easy  dental insurance plans and hoping you can help.

Posted on May. 1st 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | 1 Comment »

Family PPO Dental Insurance Plans in California

Friday, Apr. 22nd 2011 7:45 AM

Family PPO Dental Insurance Plans in California.  I am single mom in Los Angeles California.  I have two children and right now we do not have any dental insurance in place for our dental care needs.

I am working a full time job but it does not offer dental benefits and my children need to see the dentist twice a year.   There dentist does not take HMO plans and I was told to get a dental PPO plan if I was wanting to get dental insurance.  I do not know much about insurance matters but I do want my kids to stay with the dentist they know.  Can you help me find a good plan?



Posted on Apr. 22nd 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Kids dental specialist, need dental insurance in Florida

Sunday, Mar. 6th 2011 11:06 AM

Kids dental specialist, need dental insurance in Florida:  My son is four and he needs a lot of dental work.  I found out by our family dentist that due to his age and all the dental work that is needed he needs to see a child specialist in which my current dental insurance does not offer any coverages for.  I need help and do not know where to get a plan that can help my son.

Posted on Mar. 6th 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

How Can I Get Dental Care for my Kids in Texas

Wednesday, Feb. 23rd 2011 11:07 AM

How Can I Get Dental Care for my Kids in Texas?  Ever though I have a full time job I do not get dental benefits.  I have two kids and a very small income left after rent and utilities bills.  It is truly a struggle to get though each day.

My kids are very important to me so I did get them private dental plan but with the amount of dental care they need my share of cost even with the dental insurance is well over $1000.00 which for two kids I can not afford to have the dental work done.

I tried to qualify for the financing through the dental office I was going to but did not get it.  Each day that goes by without them having the needed dental is making me sick.  Where can I go for lower cost dental care? Or where can I get a better dental plan that will not make me wait out waiting periods again for more affordable dental care?  At a loss please help

Posted on Feb. 23rd 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Single mom of two kids needs dental care or low cost dental insurance

Saturday, Feb. 19th 2011 10:23 AM
Single mom of two kids needs dental care or low cost dental insurance:  I live in CA and really need help.  I have two kids and I am working but my job does not offer dental benefits.  I do not have much money for my own dental health care and because of that I am starting to have really bad teeth issues. 
I need to either find a willing dentist that will make their dental services more affordable for me a or I would need to get a very affordable dental insurance plan that can help me have dental care at a price I can afford.  I am not asking for hand out just help please advise.
Posted on Feb. 19th 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Disable with children in New Hampshire and need a low cost dental insurance plan.

Monday, Feb. 14th 2011 11:15 AM
Disable with children in New Hampshire and need a low cost dental insurance plan:  Because I am permanently disable with children I do receive medicaid.  However I really need dental care and my medicaid does not cover dental.
Where can I go with on a low income to have my dental work done at an affordable cost to me?  I would be willing to get dental for myself and children if I can also afford to make monthly payments and that it really dose help me save money on our dental care.   Please advise.
Posted on Feb. 14th 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | 1 Comment »

Ohio dental care for kids.

Saturday, Jan. 15th 2011 8:02 PM

Ohio dental care for kids.   I live in a real small town with one dentist with in a 50 miles radios.  So acorse he is our family dentist.  My problem is he cost for my family is going up all the time and I do not have dental insurance because the few dental plans I look into he is not a provider of.   I do not think he takes any plans since he is the only dentist in town it not like he has too.  What can you suggest that will help me low my kids dental bills?

Posted on Jan. 15th 2011 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Dist of Columbia children dental insurance dental care

Wednesday, Dec. 22nd 2010 9:43 AM

I am looking for either some place I can take my five year old daughter too that offer low cost dental care.  Or I need a low cost dental insurance dental plan that will greatly reduce my cost for her dental care.  

She needs to have four fillings done and I just do not have the money to afford what the dentist was quoting to me.  Need help.  thanks.

Posted on Dec. 22nd 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Kentucky family in need of a low cost dental plan

Wednesday, Dec. 15th 2010 8:44 AM

Hello I our family is in need of so dental care and I do not know where to turn to get additional help needed.  We are a family of five  living in Kentucky.  My husband got laid off from the job he had for over 10 years. 

His new job pays less and does not offer dental benefits.  But right now that is the best he can fine. I am working but since it is only part time I do not get benefits.  We have not been to the dentist in over a year and if it was just my husband and I…  well I would not care but I do not want my kids to have bad teeth. 

We do not have much so I really could use your help in finding a low cost dental plan that  will make sense to get and be affordable for us.

Posted on Dec. 15th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | 1 Comment »

Flordia dental care for kids in a low income family

Tuesday, Dec. 7th 2010 7:52 AM

I am a signal mom and I have a four and a two year old.  I have not taken either yet to see a dentist and I my self have not see a dentist in over five years.  I just do not have the money.  I work part time so that I can be home with my kids but I get very little benefits and help from the state. 

I am on my own when it comes to dental and would like to get something that can help me with the cost of going to the dentist.  Do you have any low income dental plans that can help me in my time of need?  Thanks

Posted on Dec. 7th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Dental care for kids, Rotten baby teeth help needed in Connecticut

Thursday, Nov. 25th 2010 3:25 PM

I would like to know can a baby just have rotten baby teeth?  My friend son is just now cutting his teeth at eight months old.  His first few baby teeth look like they are rotten.    His teeth are grayish white in color.  She does not know why this is happening.

Since I have two boys she came to me for my opinion and I told her she should take him to see the dentist.  Both of  my sons baby teeth were white.   I told her that I am not sure if  babies can be born with bad teeth or bad teeth color.

I think she will be taking him to see a dentist but I did let her know that I would look into it some more and see what I can come up with.

Posted on Nov. 25th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Cheap dental care needed for my kids.

Wednesday, Nov. 17th 2010 9:27 AM

I have a two and  a five year old that I have to start taking to the dentist.  The medical help that I get for them is  not helping me with dental and I am not working right now so it has been hard for us.  I living with my mom but she does not have much either so I do not want to keep getting money from her so my kids can see the dentist.  Where can I take my kids to get some cheap dental care.

Posted on Nov. 17th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »

Non Stop Tooth Pain Need Dental Help

Sunday, Oct. 17th 2010 3:45 PM

Please I need good advise.  I am poor with little money so my dental care as been getting put off.  I have this on and off toothace that I been putting up with for some time now.  Now it is really starting to hurt all the time and I have to be very careful not to eat on that side of my mouth.

I want to fix my tooth but I am guess at this point we are talking a lot of money to get it fixed.  What can I do?   Any tips on stoping the pain without having to spend every last cent I have?

Posted on Oct. 17th 2010 | by admin | in Dental Help | No Comments »


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