Evaluating Your Dental Plan Options

by Jason 9/30/2014 8:32 AM

Do you have a choice to make about your dental benefits? Perhaps your employer offers more than one dental plan – and you’re wondering about the differences. Take time to review your options to see which one is the best fit for you and your family. Network Understanding the network requirements of a dental benefits plan is an important consideration. Check each plan’s network to see if your dentist participates. Dentists who participate in networks agree to accept fees that often are lower than their regular billed fees. A strong network helps manage costs since network dentists agree not to bill their patients the difference between their regular billed fees and what the network payment allows. Delta Dental has the nation’s largest network, with dentists participating in its Delta Dental PPOSMNetwork and Delta Dental Premier® Network. With an average of 4 out of 5 dentists participating – it’s a sure bet you’ll find a Delta Dental dentist near you. Go to DeltaDentalMO.com or DeltaDentalSC.com to find one. Cost Management Premium cost is only one measure of a dental plan’s true cost. A strong plan will also help you manage you oral health by encouraging preventive care. This reduces long-term dental costs and could also have a significant long-term impact on overall health and healthcare costs. Make sure your plan covers preventive care, as well as other services you need. Service You need to have confidence that you will be taken care of after signing on with a dental plan. Look for service statistics, such as how quickly phones are answered, claims are paid and any problems are resolved, to give you confidence that you will receive the service you expect. Dental Expertise Medical and dental coverage operate under very different models. While medical coverage focuses more on treatment, dental coverage concentrates on prevention. Furthermore, the dental network is not the focus of a medical benefits provider. Look for coverage from a dental expert – one with a commitment to your oral health. Now you’re armed with the knowledge you need, and you’re ready to choose the best plan option for you and your family. But, if you have more questions, we’re happy to help. Give us a call at 866-991-7345 to review your specific plan options. To find individual and family dental plans, visit the following websites. Missouri residents: https://individual.deltadentalmo.com/ South Carolina residents: https://individual.deltadentalsc.com/

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.

Master Five Behaviors to Mature Gracefully

by Jason 9/23/2014 8:30 AM

  What do you, a fine wine and George Clooney all have in common? These are all things that get better with age! While many of us come to loathe blowing out our birthday candles each year, employing these simple tips to mature gracefully can help us embrace our age -- and have fun while doing it! 1. Kick up your cardio. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, four to five times a week. Moderate exercise can include a fast walk, household chores, playing with your kids outside or even taking the stairs at work. If you make an effort to stay active now, you’ll help keep your body feeling and looking great for years to come. 2. Brush up on oral health (literally). To keep your mouthful of natural teeth for a lifetime, you need to make the right moves now. You know you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, but it’s also important to see your dentist on a regular basis. A dental visit involves a comprehensive checkup that extends beyond your teeth. Dentists can screen for oral cancer, diabetes and more.  3. Social network. We all know it’s fun to hang out with our friends, but people who grow their social networks as they age have higher IQs and lower rates of dementia. Win-win! 4. Eat well and prosper. Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t have to be hard. For starters, follow the new “food plate” recommended by the USDA. The food plate will help you understand which foods are better for you and which foods you should enjoy in moderation. We all know that a healthy diet is key to having a fit body. The healthier your body, the longer it will last. 5. Smile, Gorgeous! In addition to improving happiness, smiling may even prolong your life. A 2010 study of professional baseball players, conducted by researchers at Wayne State University, showed those who smiled genuinely in their 1952 Baseball Register pictures lived an average of five years longer than players who didn’t smile. This study provides some evidence that smiling is linked to people living longer.

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