Preventive care in the new year

by MikeMeehan 1/8/2019 3:28 PM

If you and your family’s annual maximum restarts in the new year, now is a great time to schedule checkups and cleanings. With Delta Dental and most dental offices, you can take steps to make scheduling quick and easy. Check out our tips for fitting regular appointments into your busy schedule. Find a convenient timeLook for a dentist with a schedule that works for you. Some dental offices may offer hours outside the typical 9-to-5 schedule to accommodate working families. Once you chose a dentist, schedule your appointment at the same time as the rest of your family to avoid the hassle of multiple visits. If you’re scheduling appointments for the full year, pair them with other annual events like spring cleaning or yearly physician visits to build regular visits into to your family’s yearly routines.  Access scheduling toolsIf you’re covered by Delta Dental, you can download the Delta Dental mobile app to conveniently schedule appointments from your phone.* Additionally, many dental offices will allow you to schedule appointments months in advance. Getting it on the calendar early can help you avoid conflicting events. Take advantage of remindersA possible culprit for skipping the dentist is forgetting the visit you already scheduled. Luckily, there are lots of tools to help. Remember to program the appointment time into your phone or write it on your calendar. You can also ask the dental office receptionist how your appointment reminder will be sent. Choose the method that’s most convenient for you such as a text message, email or friendly phone call. You may even consider requesting a reminder letter from your dental office. Schedules can get hectic any time of the year. But by scheduling smart, you’ll ensure your smile receives the dental care you need to stay healthy. *Appointment scheduling is powered by our partners at Brighter™. Availability may vary by geographic area and individual dentist participation in Brighter Schedule™.   

Keeping smiles happy when family comes to town

by MikeMeehan 12/19/2018 2:10 PM

If you’re hosting holiday celebrations at your place, add a little prep time to ensure your family’s smiles stay sparkling – especially for relatives traveling from out of town. Consider stopping by the store beforehand to stock up on these oral health supplies:  • Extra floss, toothpaste and new toothbrushes in case someone forgets theirs.• Mouth-friendly snacks like broccoli, celery, carrots, cheese and nuts.• A baby gate so younger guests don’t venture into areas that pose a risk for mouth injuries.• Pain medications such as acetaminophen for children and ibuprofen for adults.• A dental emergency kit with items like gauze, bandages, temporary filling material, dental wax for people with braces, dental cement for broken fillings or crowns and hydrogen peroxide for wound disinfection. Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, mouth emergencies can still happen. Make sure you know when to seek professional care. • Toothaches are not the time for home remedies. Call your dentist for their advice. • Depending on the severity, bitten tongues and lips might be solvable at home, but if bleeding continues, you should go to the emergency room.  • Professional care is normally needed for chipped teeth. • Emergency care is always required for adult teeth that fall out from an injury. If you address a lost tooth quickly enough, you might be able to save the tooth.  Because it’s the holidays, most regular dental offices will probably be closed, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options for professional care. Start by contacting your personal dentist via an after-hours care number. Some dentists will see family members, depending on the circumstances, or can provide a referral to solve the problem. If you end up needing to find a new dentist, look for one in your family member’s dental benefits network. Additionally, you might consider visiting urgent care or the emergency room. These facilities can help manage pain but won’t be able to fix teeth. Your dental benefits don’t cover these visits, so you’ll need to check your medical plan. Your family member will save the most money by visiting a dentist in their plan’s network. If they’re covered by Delta Dental, you can quickly find an in-network dentist with the Delta Dental website or our free mobile app. Stay safe this season and be prepared for any surprises your family might encounter. Happy holidays!

Keeping smiles happy when family comes to town

by MikeMeehan 12/19/2018 2:10 PM

If you’re hosting holiday celebrations at your place, add a little prep time to ensure your family’s smiles stay sparkling – especially for relatives traveling from out of town. Consider stopping by the store beforehand to stock up on these oral health supplies:  • Extra floss, toothpaste and new toothbrushes in case someone forgets theirs.• Mouth-friendly snacks like broccoli, celery, carrots, cheese and nuts.• A baby gate so younger guests don’t venture into areas that pose a risk for mouth injuries.• Pain medications such as acetaminophen for children and ibuprofen for adults.• A dental emergency kit with items like gauze, bandages, temporary filling material, dental wax for people with braces, dental cement for broken fillings or crowns and hydrogen peroxide for wound disinfection. Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, mouth emergencies can still happen. Make sure you know when to seek professional care. • Toothaches are not the time for home remedies. Call your dentist for their advice. • Depending on the severity, bitten tongues and lips might be solvable at home, but if bleeding continues, you should go to the emergency room.  • Professional care is normally needed for chipped teeth. • Emergency care is always required for adult teeth that fall out from an injury. If you address a lost tooth quickly enough, you might be able to save the tooth.  Because it’s the holidays, most regular dental offices will probably be closed, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options for professional care. Start by contacting your personal dentist via an after-hours care number. Some dentists will see family members, depending on the circumstances, or can provide a referral to solve the problem. If you end up needing to find a new dentist, look for one in your family member’s dental benefits network. Additionally, you might consider visiting urgent care or the emergency room. These facilities can help manage pain but won’t be able to fix teeth. Your dental benefits don’t cover these visits, so you’ll need to check your medical plan. Your family member will save the most money by visiting a dentist in their plan’s network. If they’re covered by Delta Dental, you can quickly find an in-network dentist with the Delta Dental website or our free mobile app. Stay safe this season and be prepared for any surprises your family might encounter. Happy holidays!

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