Oral Cancer Screenings are Very Important!

The type of cancer that everyone hears or reads about the most is usually cancers such as lung, breast, and brain cancers. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about oral cancer, and tend to overlook that cancer could actually develop in a person’s mouth.
In case point, even though oral cancer does not top the list of leading cancers, it too is a serious devastating disease, with a 5 year survival rate at 60% or lower. In fact, that would be more than enough reason to call your dentist and set up an appointment to get your mouth screened for oral cancer. Unlike other cancers, oral cancer signs are easy to detect at their earlies stage.
Getting checkups and oral cancer screenings is easy and inexpensive. On your next dental visit, ask your dentist for information on oral cancer screenings, and what to expect during the exam.
In order to help prevent and protect yourself from oral cancer below are some simple steps that you can take to protect yourself from this deadly disease….

1. Ask your dentist to screen for oral cancer on your next visit
2. Stop smoking cigarettes, pipes, and cigars
3. Stop using smokeless tobacco products including electric cigarettes
4. Do not consume alcohol products excessively
5. Eat a balanced diet of nutritional food
6. Avoid being overly exposed to the sun

To learn more about oral cancer and the symptoms, read this article. Also, be sure to contact your dentist today, and schedule an oral screening on your next visit.

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Have you heard about Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay?

Often we hear more about tooth decay damaging permanent teeth. However, did you know that infants can experience tooth decay between birth and seventy-one months of age?
If you are not aware of how Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay attacks baby teeth, here are three things that you need to know….

What is Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay?

This issue is typically found around the front region of an infant’s mouth. More important, when sugary liquids, such as juice, milk, and formula leave a residue on the infant’s teeth, bacteria producing acids will attack the baby teeth.

Caring for baby teeth is very important

Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean that dental hygiene should be overlooked and ignored. Baby teeth are very important, because if they are lost too soon, a child may end up with crooked teeth, speech problems, severe pain, and life-threatening infections.

Tips on how to avoid Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay

1. Be sure to bring your infant in for a dental checkup, at the age of one.
2. Make sure that you do not give your child sugary liquids before napping or sleeping.
3. Begin brushing your child’s teeth, as soon as the first tooth comes in.
4. Using gauze or a wet cloth: wipe your infant’s gums and teeth once or twice a day.

For more information and tips on how to prevent Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay, click on this link. Find more helpful information about dental health on our blog.

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Dental Insurance 101

Understanding your dental insurance is just as important as receiving quality dental care. Many people have had dental insurance for years, but few of those people actually understand what it is they are getting when they say they have dental insurance.

The problem is no one wants to deal with the complicated legal jargon and technical details associated with better understanding their insurance plan, and there are so many different options out there. However, it is important to both you and your health that you get a better understanding of dental insurance.

The first thing you need to know is that all insurance is not created equal, and dental insurance is not like other insurance. In fact, dental insurance is not run like auto or home insurance or even your other medical insurance. This is mostly because dental costs are much more predictable and routine than a car accident or broken bone, so there is no need to protect from unseen expenses. As a result, dental insurance should be thought of less like insurance and more like a coupon that gives you a discount on services provided to you to offset the costs.

Secondly, you need to understand what your personal policy plan covers and what percentage of each of these services are covered by insurance. For example, your plan can cover routine care, treatments, oral surgery, orthodontics, and more all at different percentages. While routine care might be covered 100%, orthodontics might only be covered 50% or not at all. The percent discount you get off of the usual fee for a service is your deductible, and the remaining amount you have to pay is your co-pay. If you have 100% coverage for your fluoride treatments for example, your co-pay would zero.

In this way, you should choose a dental insurance plan based on need. If you have children that are going to need braces over the next few years, a dental insurance plan that covers a higher percent of the cost of orthodontics might be beneficial even if the plan covers a smaller percent of the cost of your routine visits. In general, most plans do cover the basics such as routine visits, but not all policies cover services such as fillings or crowns or orthodontics. For this reason, it is necessary to examine policies closely.

It is also important to keep in mind however, that all dental insurance policies have a cap or a maximum amount of benefits you can receive in one year. If you go over that cap, you then personally will have to pay for any expenses over the maximum.

Thirdly, many people find that their plan requires them to see a specific dentist within their insurance provider’s network. This can sometimes cause people need to switch dentists in order to get full coverage from their dental policy.

In this situation, it is important to examine the benefits and disadvantages. Sometimes it may be worthwhile or financial necessary to switch dentists if this is the case with your insurance policy. For others, if you are getting high quality dental care, staying with your existing dentist, even when they are not included in the insurance provider’s network, may be worth paying more for their services and getting less of a discount. At that point however, it might now be worth paying for insurance.

Finally, you should always feel comfortable talking to your dentist or their staff about dental insurance. They will be happy to answer your questions and will do their best to help you find the answers you need if they do not know the answer. You only deal with dental insurance a few times a year, but it is there job to know about dental insurance and to help you make educated decisions about your dental health.