Coverage for dental specialists

by MikeMeehan 4/19/2018 9:11 AM

The trees are blooming and their roots are growing. But what happens if the roots of your teeth aren’t doing so well? Learn how your dental benefits work when you’re referred to an endodontist for a root canal or when you need to see another dental specialist.  There are multiple reasons you might need to visit a specialist. Here are just a couple: •If you have a problem with your tooth nerves or pulp, your dentist may determine that you need to see an endodontist.  •If you have issues with your gums and surrounding areas, a periodontist can provide the right care.  •For more complex or difficult problems requiring surgery in the oral cavity and maxillofacial area (the face and jaws), you may be treated by an oral surgeon.  In most cases, your dentist will refer you to a specialist, but you may not be required to have a referral for your benefits to apply. Check your plan to find out if you need a referral to see a specialist. Once you know what kind of care you need, the best way to save on your procedure is to visit an in-network specialist. Because Delta Dental has both PPO and Premier networks, make sure the specialist you see is in your plan’s network. Some dental practitioners are only members of the Delta Dental PPOTM network, some just belong to the Delta Dental Premier® network, others participate in both networks and some don’t participate in any Delta Dental network at all. You can use the Find a Dentist tool on deltadental.com or Delta Dental’s free mobile app to see which network a specialist participates in. When visiting a specialist, “pre-authorization” (also called “pre-treatment estimate” or “pre-determination”) is a useful term to know. Some plans require a pre-authorization, which is a formal decision by your coverage provider that the procedure is medically necessary. It is not required for most Delta Dental plans, but it’s best to check beforehand. If you do need a pre-authorization, ask your specialist to submit a request to Delta Dental. If it’s not required, you may still want to ask for a pre-authorization because it will give you a general idea of how much the procedure will cost.  With some research upfront, you can ensure you’re making a smart decision about which specialist to see to have your smile healthy again in no time.

At Work? Think About Your Eyes

by MikeMeehan 3/28/2018 2:34 PM

Eye injuries at work are very common, according to the American Optometric Association. But most of these injuries can be prevented with the proper eye protection and with raised awareness. Depending on your occupation, there are workplace eye safety precautions to take. Eye injuries at the workplace happen for two main reasons – you were not wearing any eye protection or you were wearing the wrong type of eye protection for the job at hand. Consider these potential hazards at your workplace: Projectiles or particles like bits of wood and metal that could fall or fly into your eye Chemicals that could splash into your eyes or create fumes Radiation exposure like UV, infrared and lasers Oil or grease that could splash into your eyes Bloodborne pathogens Then take these steps to prevent an eye injury: Assess your workplace and look for possible eye safety hazards If possible, remove or reduce the eye hazard Wear appropriate eye safety gear like safety glasses, goggles and face shields Regularly inspect your eye safety gear to be sure it’s still effective and not damaged Blue light at work Another eye hazard at work is blue light from your computer screen. If you have prolonged exposure to digital devices, you could be susceptible to Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. If you spend more than two hours a day in front of the computer, you have a 90% chance of developing this vision problem. To prevent digital eye strain at work, use the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus on something at least 20 feet away. For Workplace Eye Wellness Month, Prevent Blindness America reminds all employees to have regular comprehensive eye exams to be sure they have sufficient vision in order to do their jobs safely.

Smile Snacks for Your Football or Oscar Party

by MikeMeehan 1/31/2018 11:07 AM

Whether you’re hosting an awards show party or throwing a game-day bash, you can help your friends take care of their smiles as well as their taste buds. Reconsider the trend Rosé, champagne and prosecco may be a trendy choice and a fun idea for an award show party or to celebrate your favorite team winning the big game, but these drinks can be hard on tooth enamel. Prosecco, champagne, and rosè have high acid levels, so opt for sparkling water or even a dry martini instead. Cheese – both appetizing and helpful A fancy cheese tray – or even just slices of good ol’ cheddar – is an easy choice. It can also protect your teeth if you do decide to indulge in champagne and the other celebratory drinks described above. Cheese is always a crowd pleaser, and you can dress it up with a charcuterie board including prosciutto, salami and chorizo. Throw in some healthy garnishes, such as almonds and pickles, and you’ve got a spread that’s sure to impress. But skip the crackers and crostini. Foods that are high in carbohydrates break down into sugars that can harm your enamel just like the sugars in cookies and candies. A veggie tray will save the day Instead of opening a bag of chips, which are also high in carbohydrates and starches, put a veggie tray on the menu. Vegetables will provide the same satisfying crunch your guests crave while keeping their smiles healthy. If you’re looking for something different than the usual celery, carrots and broccoli, try parsnips, jicama, snap peas, artichokes and asparagus. Berries for sweetness For a little something sweet, opt for berries drizzled with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has lower sugar content than milk chocolate and white chocolate, so it’s a good choice for dessert.

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