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Dental Opinions – Soda and fruit juice are ‘biggest culprits in dental erosion’

Posted on Feb. 20th 2024 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Help Comments Off on Dental Opinions – Soda and fruit juice are ‘biggest culprits in dental erosion’

Soft drinks are the most significant factor in the severity of dental erosion, according to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Anything with a pH value (acidity) lower than 5.5 can damage the teeth. Diet and regular sodas, carbonated drinks, flavored fizzy waters, sports drinks, fruit, and fruit juices are all known to be harmful to teeth if consumed too often. If you drink these types of drinks, limit their contact with your teeth by drinking through a straw. Also, consider substituting that type of drink with water whenever possible. Water is good because it causes no damage to your teeth and is also great for your body.

Posted on Feb. 20th 2024 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Help | Comments Off on Dental Opinions – Soda and fruit juice are ‘biggest culprits in dental erosion’

Dental Opinions – Get Dental Insurance That Lets You Keep Your Dentist.

Posted on Feb. 16th 2024 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Help Comments Off on Dental Opinions – Get Dental Insurance That Lets You Keep Your Dentist.

Once you find a dentist and dental office you like and trust, it can be challenging to change providers just because you want dental insurance to help control your dental care cost.

However, you do not have to change your dentist and have dental insurance. Many good dental insurance plans let you choose and stay with your current dentist. These plans are called Indemnity plans. That is because Indemnity dental insurance plans do not have providers that let you choose the dentist you want. One thing to remember is that Indemnity dental insurance plans are like PPO’s dental plans. They usually come with waiting periods. So, buying these types of dental insurance plans is best before you have a toothache.

Posted on Feb. 16th 2024 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Help | Comments Off on Dental Opinions – Get Dental Insurance That Lets You Keep Your Dentist.

Dental Opinions, What can be done if you loose a tooth in and Accident.

Posted on May. 5th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, What can be done if you loose a tooth in and Accident.

If you loose a tooth due to an accident and the tooth is recovered quickly you have a chance to save the tooth by going straight to a dentist and having it reattached.  However often too much time passes between the loss of the tooth and getting the dental care needed.  At that point you will need to think about how you are going to replace the tooth.

One way is by having a dental implant. Implants are artificial roots for a tooth that is placed in your mouth and attached to a replacement tooth. They do not rest on other teeth to support the replacement tooth, but rather are rooted into the gums. A dental implant will look just like any of your other teeth and  work and function the same.  Dental implants are a great substitute for dentures and bridge work. They are secure, and do not feel or look fake. The only problem with the procedure is the high cost.

Many dental insurance plans do not cover for dental implants but there is still an option if your insurance plan does not offer benefits for implants.  If implants works is needed then you may want to get a dental discount plan.  On a dental discount plan you will be able to save money off the cost of having dental implants as long as there is a provider in the plan that does that type of dental services.  It is worth looking into when deciding about implant dental work.

Posted on May. 5th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, What can be done if you loose a tooth in and Accident.

Dental Opinions, Do not forget to change out your toothbrush

Posted on May. 3rd 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Do not forget to change out your toothbrush

Make sure to change your toothbrush regularly. Throw away your old toothbrush every three months or when the bristles start to flare, whichever comes first. Also note: If your bristles flare much sooner than every three months, you may be brushing too hard. Try easing up.

Posted on May. 3rd 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Do not forget to change out your toothbrush

Dental Opinions, Buying Dental Insurance Online.

Posted on May. 1st 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Buying Dental Insurance Online.

There are a few steps you may want to take when thinking about buying dental insurance for yourself and or your family.   First step is to know your own dental needs the best you can.  You will be able to see that on line there are a ton of website offering dental insurance and dental plans that  you can have the option to review.  However, if you do not have a clear understanding of what you may need from a plan it will quickly seem overwhelming.  Before getting online ask yourself a few questions.

First are you trying to stay with a dental office?  If so the first step should be calling the dental office you are wanting to stay with to find out what plan they are a  PROVIDER for.  The key word is provider.   There are many higher cost dental insurance plans one can buy that lets you choose your own dentist but if your dental office is a provider of a lessor cost plan would you not want to know about it.   At the same time knowing this information will save you time in reviewing dental plans like HMOs where you have to stay within a network.

With that said you also need to have some idea on the dental services you may want.  Such as if you are in need of having a root canal getting a dental PPO with waiting periods for major dental services may not be the best option as to buying a dental HMO plan with no waiting periods or a getting a dental discount plan that let you see the dentist normally within the next business day of your online enrollment..

Make sure you read each plans terms and conditions so that you are sure to buy a dental plan that best fits your dental needs.   And lastly when in doubt about coverages or plan details call member services and get a clear understanding the time you put into make sure you getting the right plan from the start is well worth it.

Posted on May. 1st 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Buying Dental Insurance Online.

Dental Opinions, How many days off of work after complete tooth extraction?

Posted on Apr. 29th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, How many days off of work after complete tooth extraction?

I am 25 and will be getting all four wisdom teeth pulled how many days will it take for me to recover enough to go back to work.

Answer: It would depend on how you feel. People are different about how much they can take or do when they do not feel 100 % . Part of the time healing process is to do as directed afterwords. I would guess about two to three days. If you have your teeth pulled towards the end of the work week you may only miss a day of work.

Posted on Apr. 29th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, How many days off of work after complete tooth extraction?

Dental Opinions, How does having a Root Canal save the tooth.

Posted on Apr. 27th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, How does having a Root Canal save the tooth.

Root canal can be done by either a general dentist or an Endodontist specialist.  Normally you would go to a general dentist first and if determine that you should see a endodontist the general dentist will refer you to one. The dentist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp that is in the inside of your tooth.  Then the tooth is filled up and sealed.

If you went to a endodontist dentist for the root canal you would return to your general dentist for a crown.  The crown will help to protect your tooth and restore it back to full function.  Even though having a root canal and crown work can be costly, most dentist will advise this procedure in order to save a tooth.  Some people feel that having an extraction would be less costly however that is not the case if you are wanting to replace the missing tooth pulled.    Leaving gaps in your teeth due to pulling is never a good idea because shifting of your remaining teeth will happen over time.  That is why it is a good idea to have dental insurance in place prior to having any major dental services render.

Posted on Apr. 27th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, How does having a Root Canal save the tooth.

Dental Opinions, Brushing Your Teeth with a Gentle Hand.

Posted on Apr. 25th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Brushing Your Teeth with a Gentle Hand.

Brushing your teeth too hard can cause damage to your gums. It can cause your gums to recede. Plaque attaches to teeth like jam sticks to a spoon. It can not be totally removed by rinsing, but a light brushing will do the trick. Once plaque has hardened into calculus (tartar), brushing can not remove it. If you think you might brush too hard, hold your toothbrush the same way you hold a pen. This encourages a lighter stroke.

Posted on Apr. 25th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Brushing Your Teeth with a Gentle Hand.

Dental Opinions, How can i get the stains off my teeth?

Posted on Apr. 23rd 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, How can i get the stains off my teeth?

I am fourteen and my teeth are yellowish in color.  I brush my teeth twice a day with crest+ with whitening but it really is not helping and my mom will not pay for me to have my teeth whiten by the dentist because it is over $100 to have that done.  What are some home remedy I could try to whiten my teeth?

Answer:  Listed a few Ideas that may help. However, ASK YOUR MOM BEFORE DOING ANYTHING !!
1)Brushing with Lemon Juice
2)Brushing with Baking Soda
3)Brushing with Hydrogen Peroxide
4)Brushing with Salt
5)Rubbing Strawberries on your teeth then Brushing off.

However, all though the above may help whiten your teeth they can do damage as well. They contain sugar and acids and are abrasive, all of which can damaged your enamel that helps protects your teeth from tooth decade

Posted on Apr. 23rd 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, How can i get the stains off my teeth?

Dental Opinions, Acid reflux disease and dental care.

Posted on Apr. 21st 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Acid reflux disease and dental care.

It is always important to have good dental care and to see a dentist regularly.  If you are one of the 3% (depending on what study you  read)  of the US population that suffers from Acid reflux disease, dental care and seeing a dentist becomes a larger issue and one that should be address.

With people that have acid reflux disease you may need to see the dentist more then just twice a year. Prolong or chronic acid reflux can start to cause major teeth damage.   Day after day of exposure to stomach acids will begin to dissolve away the tooth enamel which is the protective coating of your teeth.  Thus leaving your teeth noticeably weaken and more open for tooth decay.  Causing you to have larger dental issues as well as health care issues.   A dentist would be able to help you prevent teeth damage due to acid reflux but only if you see a dentist regularly.  By having a good dental insurance plan, it will help you control the cost of your dental care needs

Posted on Apr. 21st 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Acid reflux disease and dental care.

Dental Opinions, Affordable Dental Plans, HMO

Posted on Apr. 19th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Affordable Dental Plans, HMO

Affordable dental insurance plans from an HMO have a limited pool of dentist to select, but it is a more affordable insurance plan. If you are self employed and looking for a more affordable dental plan, a discount dental plan may be an alternative.

Discount dental plans are not dental insurance plans. A discount plan partners with dentists to provide customers with a savings on visits to the dentist office. The downside to discount dental plans is that they are not regulated and you have limited recourse if you experience dental plan problems

Posted on Apr. 19th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Affordable Dental Plans, HMO

Bad Teeth Causing Anxiety and Panic Attacks.

Posted on Apr. 17th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Bad Teeth Causing Anxiety and Panic Attacks.

I am 23 with very bad yellow teeth.  I been to the dentist and I have no cavities.  I brush my teeth and use tooth paste with whiting., but it not helping to make my teeth look any better.  I hate them I look as if I do not take care of my teeth and makes me not want to smile.  I have dental insurance but they will not pay claims for teeth whitening or having veneers.   I really do have anxiety’s and panic attacks over how my teeth look.  I need help but not sure where to find any.

Answer: Many dental insurance plan do not provide benefits for teeth whitening services.  I suggest reviewing the dental discount plan options we also have available though this website.  With a dental discount plan you are able to save money off the cost of having your teeth whiten.  Hopefully making teeth whitening services more affordable for you.

 

Posted on Apr. 17th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Bad Teeth Causing Anxiety and Panic Attacks.

Dental Opinions, Affordable Dental Plans

Posted on Apr. 15th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Affordable Dental Plans

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, approximately half of the U.S. population does not have an affordable dental plan. The cost for affordable dental insurance can vary. Therefore, it is important to understand all your options in obtaining the most affordable dental plan coverage.

The company where you work may provide the most affordable dental insurance plan options. Dental insurance plans for individual and families are usually an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) or a PPO (Preferred Provided Organization) and operate much like traditional health insurance organizations.

Posted on Apr. 15th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Affordable Dental Plans

Dental Opinions, Any Provider Vs. Limited Choice of Providers Plans.

Posted on Apr. 13th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Any Provider Vs. Limited Choice of Providers Plans.

In more traditional policies (such as dental Indemnity plans) they allow the insured to obtain dental treatment from any provider and be reimbursed for claims made according to the plans benefits.   Where as on HMOs dental insurance plans limit coverage to services provided by the HMO’s providers and PPOs dental insurance plans provide a list of providers for whom benefits are provided on a preferred basis (while covering dental services of non-listed dental providers can be on a less favorable basis).

Posted on Apr. 13th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Any Provider Vs. Limited Choice of Providers Plans.

Dental Opinions, What is Supplemental Dental Insurance?

Posted on Apr. 11th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, What is Supplemental Dental Insurance?

Supplemental Dental Insurance

Supplemental dental insurance is an individual or family insurance policy purchased to cover a portion of the dental costs. Supplemental dental insurance will normally not cover the entire dental care procedure.

If you have a primary dental insurance plan that you purchased or your employer provided, the supplemental dental policy typically covers the remaining dental bill.  For example, if the dental plan policy covers half of the dental cost, the secondary or supplement dental insurance plan should cover the remaining balance of your dental procedure.

A supplement dental insurance plan may also be purchased to cover the dental charges when there are annual dental benefit plan limits or exclusions.

I hope this information on supplemental dental insurance has helped.

Posted on Apr. 11th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, What is Supplemental Dental Insurance?

Dental Opinions, Benefit Schedule Vs. Usual, Customary and Reasonable

Posted on Apr. 9th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Benefit Schedule Vs. Usual, Customary and Reasonable

When you are reviewing dental insurance plans that shows benefits on a fee schedule (like an HMO dental insurance plan) the schedule of benefits listed shows the amount to be paid for each treatment or dental services render under the plan.  Thus letting you know your cost ahead of time for each dental service covered under the plan.

When you are reviewing insurance plans that pay coverages based on usual, customary and reasonable (like PPO dental insurance plans) charges does not specify an amount; it provides benefits up to the reasonable and customary charge (the prevailing or average fee charged by dentist for the service in the area)  Coverages are normally paid by a percentage ( Example: 100% for preventive 80% for basic and 50% for major dental services up to UCR )

Posted on Apr. 9th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Benefit Schedule Vs. Usual, Customary and Reasonable

Dental Opinions on Home Whitening Treatments

Posted on Apr. 7th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions on Home Whitening Treatments

Although all the home remedies that are listed may help to whiten your teeth only a dentist can get your teeth the whitest.

Here are some suggested home remedy that may help to whiten your teeth.

1)Brushing with Lemon Juice
2)Brushing with Baking Soda
3)Brushing with Hydrogen Peroxide
4)Brushing with Salt
5)Rubbing Strawberries on your teeth then Brushing off.
6) Orange Peels
7) Banana Peels

All though the above may help whiten your teeth they can do damage as well. They contain sugar and acids and are abrasive, all of which can damaged your enamel that helps protects your teeth

I can understand with all that been said that many people can not afford to go to the dentist to whiten their teeth. I would advise if you are going to try any home remedy to understand that you run the risk of doing more damage to your teeth in the along run.

Trying looking into some of the over counter products that are not so costly. Like tooth paste with whiting, mouth wash with whiting, gum with whiting. Maybe even just speak to your dentist and get advise on what he/she may advise for you. A good dentist will advise you on what you can use to help whiten your teeth. They may still tell you only they can do it the best (which would be true) but they still will tell you other ways if asked.

Posted on Apr. 7th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions on Home Whitening Treatments

Dental Opinions, The three types of dental abscess

Posted on Apr. 5th 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, The three types of dental abscess

A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. The abscess typically originates from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth.  There are three types of dental abscess

* Gingival abscess: This is where the abscess is only in the gum tissue and does not affect the tooth or perodontal ligament.

* Periodontal abscess: This is when the abscess starts in the supporting bone tissue structures of the teeth

* Periapical abscess: This is when the abscess commences in the soft pulp of the tooth.

Posted on Apr. 5th 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, The three types of dental abscess

Dental Opinions, Can Eating A Tube of Tooth Paste Kill You?

Posted on Apr. 3rd 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Can Eating A Tube of Tooth Paste Kill You?

I do not mean just eating a little bit of toothpaste I am talking about the whole tube of toothpaste.  

Answer: If you are talking about tooth paste with fluoride, the it is important to understand that fluoride is toxic. On most tooth paste with fluoride you can read a warning label, as noted: “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately”

However according to the ADA statment on FDA toothpast warning labels.

The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs believes that one part of the warning now required on fluoride toothpastes by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could unnecessarily frighten parents and children, and that the label greatly overstates any demonstrated or potential danger posed by fluoride toothpastes.

The label language, “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately” is now required on all fluoride toothpastes. But the ADA, in a letter sent to the FDA, pointed out that a child could not absorb enough fluoride from toothpaste to cause a serious problem and that the excellent safety record on fluoride toothpaste argues against any unnecessary regulation.

Recent media coverage has focused attention on the safety of fluoride toothpastes, but the coverage has not revealed that the ADA limited the amount of fluoride allowed in ADA-Accepted toothpaste years ago for this reason.

In addition, back in 1991, the ADA began requiring that toothpaste manufacturers include the following language on all ADA-Accepted toothpastes: “Do not swallow. Use only a pea-sized amount for children under six. To prevent swallowing, children under six years of age should be supervised in the use of toothpaste.” The new FDA labels are consistent with the ADA statements, with the exception of the poison control warning.

The ADA warning labels were required to help reduce the risk of mild fluorosis, which is a cosmetic defect noticeable as very light spots on permanent teeth and develops only while the teeth are still forming. Fluorosis only occurs when more than the optimal daily amount of fluoride is ingested.

Through its ADA Seal of Acceptance program, the toothpaste manufacturers must submit clinical data to the ADA in order to meet its guidelines on safety and effectiveness. Additionally, all products with the ADA Seal must submit the product’s advertising and packaging for review so that consumers and dentists have assurance that the claims the product makes are supported by the clinical data.

Posted on Apr. 3rd 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, Can Eating A Tube of Tooth Paste Kill You?

Dental Opinions, What should I do if I have dental abscess symptoms?

Posted on Apr. 1st 2014 by Dental Plan Review in Dental Plan Reviews Comments Off on Dental Opinions, What should I do if I have dental abscess symptoms?

I think I have a dental abscess and since I am starting to have many of the symptoms. what can I do?

Answer:  Any person with symptoms linked to a dental abscess should see their dentist ASAP. Your dentist can quickly diagnosed if you have a dental abscess and provide proper treatment. Some of the warning signs of a dental abscess include

* Pain in the abscessed area when chewing
* Pain when brushing or flossing in the affected area.
* Sensitivity to cold or hot food and liquids
* A foul taste in your mouth
* Fever

Posted on Apr. 1st 2014 | by Dental Plan Review | in Dental Plan Reviews | Comments Off on Dental Opinions, What should I do if I have dental abscess symptoms?

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