2 Minutes 2x Per Day

Part of our job as dentists is to help educate our patients and the public about how to care for their mouth and the mouths of their children.  The Academy of General Dentistry has a great patient focused website filled with great information about how to keep your child's mouth as healthy as possible.  There are also numerous videos that are exactly 2 minutes long -- the perfect amount of time to brush your teeth -- that will keep your child entertained while they are scrubbing those pearly whites!  Take some time and peruse the information on http://www.2min2x.org/kids-healthy-mouths/ so that you can help keep your teeth and your child's teeth healthy for a lifetime.

Have you flossed today?

Few of us realize the importance of flossing.  It's one more thing to do and often it is the first thing to be neglected after a person has had her teeth cleaned.  I think one of the best quotes I've ever heard about flossing came from an article in Reader's Digest.  It said something like this: "If your hands bled every time you washed your hands, you would immediately make an appointment with your physician.  And yet, each time we attempt to floss and our gums are bleeding or inflamed, we treat that as normal."  Read more about flossing, its importance to your oral health and how to improve your technique in this Academy of General Dentistry article.  If your gums are bleeding, give us a call to find out how we can help.

Has your child had her first dental visit?

When your new baby is born, it's hard to know what to do and when to do it.  Many times the first dental checkup gets lost in the shuffle and parents might not bring their child in until there is a problem.  So when should your baby come in for that first visit?  Read more from our informational handout below, and feel free to share with friends and family.  If your child is due, call our office and we will get that cute kid on the books!

A Few Things You May Not Have Realized About Your Dental Insurance

Well, we've reached the halfway point of the year, and it's a great time to think about your dental benefits that you obtain through your employer.  Do you have any idea what your benefits actually are?  Do you know how much dental benefit you have remaining in your plan year?  Did you know that those benefits don't roll over into the next year?  Here are a few things to think about as we get into the last half of the year.

You have paid your insurance premiums all year – you have EARNED your
dental benefits, do not let them slip away before your remaining
benefits expire at year's end.

1.      Yearly Maximums

Your dental plan gives you a maximum of what can be spent on your
dental care on an annual basis.  This amount varies between insurance
companies, and averages around $1000 per person per year.  These
maximums are typically reset at the end of the year, and if you have
unused benefits, they will be forfeited.

2.       Deductibles

The deductible is the amount of money that you pay out of pocket
before your benefits begin to take effect.  The fee varies between
insurance companies and could be higher if you prefer to see a dentist
that is out of your network.  When your plan rolls over, you are
required to pay your deductible again to start taking advantage of
your benefits.

3.      Premiums

If you are paying for dental benefits, you should be taking advantage
of them!  This sounds simple, but there are many people that do not
exercise their benefits and let the insurance company take that money
away from you, and put it straight into their own pockets.

4.      Fee Increases

Another reason to use your benefits now is because it is always
possible that fees will be raised to accommodate for the cost of
living or increased material costs.  An increase in fees can also
raise your copay.

5.      Dental problems don’t get better over time

By delaying treatment, you may be opening the door for more extensive
treatment to be needed in the future.  What may be a simple cavity now
can turn into a root canal or extraction down the road.  Treat your
teeth with care now, and they will thank you for it in the long run.

We love to educate patients about their dental benefits so that they fully understand their plans.  Stop by the office or give us a call if you are interested in finding out if you have any remaining benefits for the year.  Even if you don't have pending treatment we would love to give you great information about your plan.  By completing your treatment before the end of the year, you will be able to maximize yours insurance benefits and enjoy better dental health.