Top Gums: Feel the Need – the Need to Prevent Gum Disease!

by Jason 9/25/2014 8:30 AM

If you don’t already feel the need to prevent gum disease, consider the following.    Gum disease can take two forms – gingivitis and a more advanced form, periodontitis. Both diseases come with a host of nasty symptoms, including receding gums, gum pain and teeth sensitivity. Interested in a toothless smile? Negative, Ghost Rider. If left untreated, gum disease can cause teeth to fall out! But take heart. Gum disease is preventable, so it’s important you take care of your teeth and gums from this point forward. Jump in the pilot’s seat and work your way to top gums by: ·         Brushing and flossing daily: Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day. Flossing is the wingman to brushing – make sure to floss at least once a day. ·     Getting regular checkups: Regular dental checkups are especially important in preventing gum disease. With twice-a-year checkups, the condition of your gum tissue can be compared over time. Additionally, professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, a buildup of bacteria along the gum line. ·        Saying “no” to tobacco use: Using cigarettes, chewing tobacco and/or other tobacco products automatically puts you in the danger zone. Tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease. Eating a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition can worsen your gum’s condition. Obesity is a risk factor for developing gum disease. Make your mouth and body happy by eating well. Load up on nutritious, low-sugar foods, limit snacking and drink plenty of water.

Pre-Treatment Estimates: Your Personal Crystal Ball at the Dentist’s Office

by Jason 9/4/2014 8:30 AM

Think of a pre-treatment estimate like a fortune-teller and crystal ball – it predicts the future of a dental procedure. But unlike fortune-tellers, pre-treatment estimates are reliable. Reasons to get a pre-treatment estimate: You’re planning to have extensive dental work, such as crowns, wisdom teeth extractions, bridges, dentures or periodontal surgery. To see if a procedure is covered under your dental plan. To see if you’re going to exceed your plan maximum benefit. Before you schedule an extensive dental treatment, ask your dentist for a detailed cost estimate. Next, your dentist will submit the procedure cost to your benefit provider (for example, Delta Dental) for an estimate. Your dentist may have to submit x-rays or supporting documents. Finally, your benefit provider will send you and your dentist the final estimate. After you receive the estimate, you’ll know: How much your plan will pay toward treatment Your out-of-pocket financial responsibility The amount remaining toward your deductible (if applicable) How close you are to your benefit maximum While many aspects of your future remain unknown, pre-treatment estimates act as the tarot cards of the dental world. Get an accurate picture of what your next dental procedure has in store for you. Remember, coverage details will differ depending on your benefit provider, as well as your specific plan. Want more information about dental plans? For Missouri residents, visit For South Carolina residents, visit

Dental Benefit Categories and Coverages

by Jason 8/26/2014 9:45 AM

Many dental plans offer three classes or categories of coverage. Each class provides specific types of treatment and typically covers those treatments at a certain percentage.... more...


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