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Dental Benefit – February is Children’s Dental Health Month

02/02/23

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, bringing thousands of dedicated health care providers and educators together to spread the word on the importance of good oral health to children, their caregivers, and teachers. Since 1941, Children’s Dental Health Month has grown from a single day to a whole month celebrating healthier smiles without tooth decay – the most common chronic health condition for children in the U.S., according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

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Dental Benefit – Periodontal Disease 

01/28/23

According to research, three out of four adults will experience gum (periodontal) disease at some time in their life. However, gum disease can often be prevented or treated in its early stages.  

Severe periodontal disease causes damage to the gums, bone and other structures that support the teeth. Regular dental checkups along with brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily, are the best ways of preventing costly dental problems.

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Dental Benefit – As people age, subtle changes occur in the mouth. 

01/21/23

Many seniors suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition that occurs when the salivary glands do not provide enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. Dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, increased rates of gum disease, burning mouth syndrome, and trouble speaking, swallowing and tasting food.  

Often times dry mouth is caused by the prescription drugs seniors are taking. More than 400 drugs, many popular with seniors, can interfere with good dental health. Seniors should let a dental professional know what medications they are taking

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Dental Benefit – Seniors are Staying Healthy

01/18/23

Staying healthy and looking good is important to todays’ seniors. Therefore many more seniors are exercising and eating right. Equally important however is having  good oral care of teeth and gums. Simply by brushing twice a day with fluoride,  toothpaste and flossing daily seniors can avoid many oral health problems. Regular dental checkups and having their teeth professionally cleaned are also important.

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Dental Benefit – Sealants Make Sense

01/16/23

Research on sealants shows an 80 percent reduction in the risk of decay when adding this to a comprehensive dental health routine as recommended by the ADA. Dental sealants – a thin, nontoxic protective coating painted on the surface of teeth – are typically applied for children and teens once permanent molars have emerged, between 6 and 14 years of age. Dental sealants help keep cavities from forming but do not replace regular brushing and flossing.

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Dental Benefit – Seniors and Flossing 

01/13/23

Question: Do Seniors need to brush and floss more frequently?

Answer: Although it is important for senior to keep maintaining good oral health habits because they are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. However dental habits do not change just because of your age.  Seniors still need to floss daily and brush their teeth at least twice a day. 

If you have arthritis or other condition that limits movement, try an electric toothbrush. Be sure to clean between teeth daily with floss. If floss is too difficult to work with, try a floss pick or tiny brushes made specifically to clean between teeth.  Seeing a dentist regularly is very important to maintain your dental health and catch any minor dental issues before they turn into larger ones. 

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Dental Benefit – Eating a balanced diet is good for your teeth.

01/09/23

Snacking on sweets too often without brushing increases the acid in your mouth, giving you a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Munch on vegetables fruit and cheese instead.

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Dental Benefit – Be Kind to Your Teeth

01/06/23

Think twice before using your teeth as tools. Many people get into a bad habit of opening a stubborn chip bag or holding objects in their mouth however doing so can  cause chipped or cracked teeth. You do not live in the Stone Age, so there is really no excuse to use your teeth to open a bottle of beer, the bottle opener was made for that. Tools are easier to replace than your teeth, which were really meant to last you a lifetime.

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Dental Benefit – Having Bad Oral Habits

12/31/22

Did you know that the little things you do or do not do on a day to day basis affect your oral and dental health and may fall under a list of bad oral habits? These include not brushing or flossing enough, eating too many sweets too often, or even using your teeth to open a bag of chips.

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Dental Benefit – Unmet Dental Care

12/29/22

When people are unable to access dental care, it can affect their ability to stay healthy, secure employment and improve their families’ economic success. Oral health may not be top of mind for many people, but it should be front and center. Oral health is an integral piece for good over all health

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Dental Benefit – Senior Dental Care

12/26/22

Good oral health is essential for general health and well-being at any age. Oral health problems affect not only the ability to eat and speak but are inter-connected with serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and preterm or low birth weight. However there is good news, oral health problems are preventable. A healthy smile for life starts with healthy habits like brushing and flossing, using fluoride, making smart food choices and eating habits, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year.

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Dental Benefit – Brushing Your Teeth.

12/23/22

It is important to  make sure you are brushing your teeth every day twice a day for at least two minutes as part of your daily dental care habit. For a healthy mouth the ADA recommends you follow these tips.   

1) Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.  

2) Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth. 

3) Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

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Dental Benefit – Low cost dental insurance for dental bridge needed.

12/21/22

I need to get a new dental bridge.   I had my old one now for over eight years and I need a new one because the tooth that it  is attached too has a new cavity under it.  Not even sure how that happen but that is what I am being told.  If they take the bridge off to fix it I will need to pay for a new bridge. I do not have dental insurance and need help.  

Reply: You may want to buy yourself some dental insurance. By getting an individual dental insurance plan, it will help you with your dental care and reduce your dental cost. Look at dental HMO plans for now since generally dental HMO insurance plans do not have long terms waiting periods for the dental care you currently need to have   You may also want to look into dental discount plans options. Dental discount plans will give you a discount off the cost of the new bridge and all your other dental needs. Hopefully so that you can afford to get your needed dental work done.

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