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Dental Insurance Kids – How Mouth Rinse Can Help Prevent Cavities 

Tuesday, May. 28th 2024 3:02 PM

Mouth rinse is an effective way to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent cavities. It is important to note that mouth rinses are not a substitute for brushing and flossing but can complement a daily oral hygiene routine. Mouth rinses are designed to kill bacteria and freshen breath, but not all mouth rinses are created equal. Some are specifically formulated to fight cavities.

If you are experiencing early-stage decay or are at high risk for cavities, your dentist may prescribe a mouth rinse that contains chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine is a powerful antiseptic that destroys harmful bacteria in the mouth, preventing decay from developing into cavities. This type of mouth rinse can benefit individuals who have difficulty reaching certain areas of their mouth with a toothbrush or floss.

It is important to note that if a cavity has already formed, a mouth rinse alone will not effectively treat it. In this case, seeing a dentist for a filling or other appropriate treatment is necessary. However, using a mouth rinse with chlorhexidine as part of your daily oral hygiene routine can help prevent cavities from forming and maintain good oral health.

Posted on May. 28th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Cleaning – Children’s Dental Insurance

Tuesday, Apr. 9th 2024 9:25 AM

Your oral health starts with clean teeth. Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can help prevent gum disease. Keeping your tooth surfaces clean will help you prevent cavities. Consider these brushing basics from the American Dental Association: 

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily. 
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do an excellent job of cleaning your teeth.  
  • Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
  • The proper brushing technique is to: 
  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.  
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. 
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. 
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. 
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Taking care of your oral health is essential, starting with clean teeth. Regular brushing using the proper technique and an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste can help prevent gum disease and cavities. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Following these brushing basics from the American Dental Association, you can maintain good oral hygiene and keep your smile healthy and bright.

Posted on Apr. 9th 2024 | by carol | in Cleaning, Kids Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – What age would a child get braces? 

Tuesday, Mar. 26th 2024 12:47 PM

Question: My daughter is nine, but her teeth are crooked, and her dentist stated she may need braces. Right now, she has a space maintainer in hopes of avoiding braces. If she needs braces, would that be when all her baby teeth are out? I see no point in putting braces on baby teeth. Yet that is what her dentist is hinting at. 

Reply: It would be hard to say; sometimes, children get braces while they still have baby teeth. The braces help keep the teeth in place as the adult teeth come out. It would help if you talked to an orthodontist as a consultant. Some orthodontic dentists will offer free consultations, which will be beneficial information for you. Consider consulting your dental insurance carrier to confirm your coverage for braces.

Posted on Mar. 26th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Don’t Let Cost Stop You from Getting the Dental Care You Need – We Have You Covered.

Friday, Mar. 22nd 2024 12:17 PM

I have a family of six, and we do not have dental insurance. We used to, but we had canceled our plan when my husband changed jobs. We can only afford a little, so we would like to know where to get low-cost dental insurance or dental services.  

Reply: Your concern about finding affordable dental services for your family of six is understandable. There are a few options you can consider. Firstly, you can see a dental insurance plan that fits your budget. You should check with your husband’s employer if they offer any dental insurance options or search for affordable plans online. Regarding dental insurance, an HMO insurance plan would be the cheaper option. 

Another option is to look for community health centers or dental clinics in your area that offer low-cost or even free dental services. Some clinics offer a sliding fee scale based on income, so it’s worth exploring this option.

I hope this information helps you find the right solution for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need further assistance. 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 Mar. 22nd 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Understanding the right age for dental check-ups and why you may need a pediatric dentist.

Wednesday, Mar. 20th 2024 11:26 AM

What age should you add your child to your dental and vision insurance plan? I have a three-year-old; I took her to see a vision doctor since you can have things go wrong with your eyes at any age, but what about teeth? Is she too young, since most dentists I call will see kids when they are around five or six? 

Reply: Generally, it’s recommended to start taking your child to see a dentist around one or two or when their first tooth comes in. This ensures that their teeth and gums are healthy and developing correctly. Indeed, many family dentists may only provide services for children once they are five or six years of age, so you would need to take a younger child to a pediatric dentist. 

A pediatric dentist is a dental specialist who has received additional education and training to treat infants, children, and teenagers. They focus on children’s oral health from infancy through their teenage years, including those with special needs. A baby should see a pediatric dentist because babies have a unique set of dental needs that differ from those of adults. Pediatric dentists can help prevent dental problems, promote healthy habits, and provide early treatment for any issues that may arise. They can also teach parents and caregivers how to properly care for their child’s teeth and gums.

Posted on Mar. 20th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance, Kids Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Are You Getting the Facts Before You Buy Dental Insurance? 

Friday, Feb. 9th 2024 12:23 PM

When shopping for dental insurance online or through an agent, know all the facts about each type of dental plan before buying one. Mistakes happen when you need clarification on how a dental plan works. Purchasing dental insurance online is easy and convenient, but people need to read and understand what they buy. Before hitting the submit button, do you know the plan’s terms? 

  • Does the dental plan have waiting periods or yearly max dollar amount limitations? 
  • Is the dental insurance plan an in-network dental provider only, or can you go outside the network of dental providers? 
  • When is the insurance plan effective? 
  • Did you call the dentist to confirm they still accept the dental insurance plan? 
  • Is what you are reviewing a dental insurance plan or a dental discount plan? 
  • What are your dental needs, and are you getting a dental insurance plan that best fits them? 

Taking the extra time to fully understand the dental plan you are buying will save you from headaches and being upset later on.

Posted on Feb. 9th 2024 | by admin | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Smokers or Tobacco Chewers have a Higher Risk of Gum Disease.

Wednesday, Feb. 7th 2024 2:23 PM

It goes almost without saying that smoking or chewing tobacco is not good for your health. However, concerning oral health, if you smoke or chew, you have a high risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Men are affected twice as often as women, and 95 percent of oral cancers occur in those over 40. More than 8000 people die each year from oral and pharyngeal diseases. If you use tobacco, seeing a dentist frequently throughout the year is essential. Your dentist can thoroughly screen oral cancer to help ensure your mouth remains healthy.

Posted on Feb. 7th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Men Oral Health Care.

Monday, Feb. 5th 2024 2:03 PM

Men’s oral health care is just as critical as women’s oral health care. However, men are less likely than women to care for their oral health needs. Even though good oral health has been linked with longevity, being male is the common factor associated with infrequent dental checkups. Men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care from a dentist and often neglect their oral health for years. They only visit a dentist when more significant dental issues arise from neglect. According to oral health statistics, men will lose 5.4 teeth by the age of 72 and are more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal disease.

Posted on Feb. 5th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Finding Relief for Sensitive Teeth.

Friday, Feb. 2nd 2024 1:46 PM

There is a new ingredient in toothpaste, developed by dentists, called Novamin. Novamin can reduce teeth sensitivity. Teeth can become sensitive when the gum tissue recedes, exposing a tooth’s roots. Roots contain small holes or tubules that lead directly to the tooth nerves. Novamin plugs up the holes cutting off contact with nerves and eliminating pain. It is made from a compound from elements naturally critical for bone and tooth mineralization: calcium, phosphorus, silica, and sodium. In their common forms, these elements have minimal value in tooth healthy. But in their rare ionic form, they can make teeth stronger and help eliminate tooth sensitivity.

Posted on Feb. 2nd 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Dental Exams Help Your Overall Health Care.

Wednesday, Jan. 31st 2024 1:43 PM

Dental exams are about X-rays and teeth cleanings. A filling here or there if they are unlucky. However, the dentist may be able to recognize and diagnose numerous other potential health problems. According to Dawn West, DMD, RN with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, when you go for a dental checkup, you might save more than just your teeth and oral health because the mouth is the gateway to your entire organism. There might be several vital signs of other diseases that a dentist may be able to see.

Posted on Jan. 31st 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Smoking and Gum Disease Links.

Monday, Jan. 29th 2024 11:59 AM

There are significant links between smoking and gum disease. According to a new study at Ohio State University, smoking causes the body to turn against its helpful bacteria. The study shows how cigarette smoke also wipes out good bacteria in the mouth, making the tissue much more susceptible to attack from harmful bacteria, which leaves smokers more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay.

Posted on Jan. 29th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – A Simple Tip for Feeling Better.

Thursday, Jan. 25th 2024 11:49 AM

While many people many know the basic tips for staying healthy and feeling well is a balanced diet and exercise. However, did you know your oral health can significantly affect your overall health? By having good oral health care habits, you can maintain good oral health and overall wellness.

Posted on Jan. 25th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Supporting Dental Bridges with Dental Implants.

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd 2024 11:40 AM

Dental implants can be helpful in several ways to replace missing teeth. A single implant can be used to replace a single tooth missing tooth. If you are missing several teeth, or even all of your teeth, dentures or dental bridges can be attached to dental implants. Compared to tooth-supported bridges and gum-supported dentures, dental implants to support these restorations provide optimum stability, comfort, and function.

Posted on Jan. 23rd 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help You.

Friday, Jan. 19th 2024 11:30 AM

Many people have some aspects of their smile that they would like to improve. Cosmetic dentistry is a way to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile so that you can feel confident. If you do not want to smile simply because of the way your teeth look, consult a cosmetic dentist about the possible smile improvements that can be made.

Posted on Jan. 19th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – How to prevent tooth decay from bottle feeding or nursing.

Wednesday, Jan. 17th 2024 11:26 AM

Prevention is vital to good dental health in babies. Avoid bottle feeding or nursing at will after the first primary teeth erupt to avoid early childhood caries. Babies should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water. Fruit juices or soda should not be provided in a baby bottle. Offer these types of drinks in a cup and only with meals or snack time.

Posted on Jan. 17th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Dental Problems A Baby Could Have.

Monday, Jan. 15th 2024 11:14 AM

Believe it or not, dental problems can begin early. One of the more significant concerns is Early Childhood Caries (BBTD or Nursing Carries). Once a child’s diet includes anything besides breast milk, erupted teeth are at risk of tooth decay. Early Childhood Caries can be preventable with proper at-home dental care habits for your child and regular dental visits. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems.

Posted on Jan. 15th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Avoiding BBTD.

Saturday, Jan. 13th 2024 6:11 AM

BBTD or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is caused when a child is left with a baby bottle that has any liquid other the water. To avoid BBTD, do not put your baby to bed with a bottle. Milk, formula, fruit juices, and other such drinks all have sugar. If sugary liquids stay on your baby’s teeth for long periods, it can lead to tooth decay. Other habits to avoid would be giving your child a bottle or sippy cup filled with sweet drinks to carry around throughout the day. Teach your child to drink from a cup as soon as possible. (Normally around their first birthday.)

Posted on Jan. 13th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Protecting your Baby Teeth with Fluoride.

Wednesday, Jan. 10th 2024 10:54 AM

Many people may know that fluoride protects teeth from tooth decay. Fluoride can even heal early tooth decay. Fluoride is added to the drinking water of many towns and cities. Ask your dentist if your water has fluoride in it. If not, ask about other kinds of fluoride treatments that can help keep your child’s teeth healthy.

Posted on Jan. 10th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Healthy Teeth for Your Baby.

Sunday, Jan. 7th 2024 10:37 AM

Having healthy teeth is essential, even for baby teeth. Having healthy teeth and good oral habits starts at home. Children need healthy teeth to help them chew and to speak clearly. Baby teeth also hold the space for adult teeth to come in correctly. Make sure you are taking proper care of your baby’s teeth. If you need more time, talk to your dentist. Your dentist will gladly show you good dental care for your child.

Posted on Jan. 7th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

Dental Insurance Kids – Dental Care and Keeping Healthy Teeth.

Thursday, Jan. 4th 2024 10:31 AM

As soon as your child’s teeth erupt, tooth decay can occur. There for once, your child cuts their first tooth gently with a child-size toothbrush and water. For children over two, you can brush their teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste and rinse with water.

Posted on Jan. 4th 2024 | by carol | in Dental Insurance | No Comments »

 

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