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What You Need to Know About Dental Insurance 

Millions of Americans don’t have access to a dental plan, approximately 36% of the population according to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP.) Of the 64% that has dental benefits, 7.2% buy dental insurance on the open market while a vast majority (92%) receive dental insurance through an employer or social program. If you’re contemplating becoming part of that 7.2% and looking into dental insurance, here’s what you should know about the types of plans commonly found in the marketplace and if you should purchase one. Types of Dental Plans HMO: HMO (healthcare management organization) plans restrict your coverage to dental practices
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Improved Technology, Better Dentistry 

People are usually not thrilled about going to the dentist. But for those who have been avoiding getting the dental care they urgently need, this advanced technology can make a huge difference in their lives. New dental technology is transforming modern dentistry for the better. Modern Dentists have a wide range of new technologies to not only improve the level of care that they offer patients, but also the ability to avoid many of the common complaints of patients. Here is an overview of just some of the newest dental technology available: Digital X-rays requires up to ninety percent less radiation than traditional X-rays which is
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Dentures and Dementia: Memory Loss & Dental Health

Unfortunately, people who suffer from any of dementia’s cruel disorders struggle with relationships, memory loss, and the execution of many daily tasks. In many cases, the first daily tasks affected relate to oral health. Tasks like brushing, flossing, or rinsing are often forgotten entirely. And for patients with poor dental health already, this neglect can become catastrophic. If you have a family member struggling with dementia, there are things you can do to help monitor and assist in their dental hygiene. As it applies to people suffering with memory loss, here are 4 steps to keep their dental health in
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Being Afraid of the Dentist is a Worry of the Past

From a young age, many people learn about the common fear of dentists, and often develop the fear themselves. But, in reality, there is no longer any reason for patients to be afraid of visiting the dentist, regardless of age. Because of advancements in technology and training, people can view the dentist as a positive experience where oral health is taken care of confidently. Oral Health Professionals are Well Trained Some dental fears are associated with the training of the dentists and the staff. It is important for patients to understand that dentists and oral health professionals have a significant amount of
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The Truth About Flossing: Why It Absolutely Still Matters

For years, you have heard your dentist tell you “you need to floss and brush twice a day.” Last summer, you may have found out that a study questions whether flossing (which includes water flossers) actually achieves anything. Studies show that there was no statistically significant improvement between flossing and brushing or brushing alone. Stop Flossing? Absolutely Not! So, should you stop flossing? Absolutely not – because here’s the issue: The benefit of flossing is extremely hard to measure. We actually don’t have good quality evidence as to whether flossing works or not. The study which claims that flossing “does
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Teeth Whitening Methods for Cosmetic Dentistry

People with stained teeth can relate to the pain of feeling like the person in front of them is staring at their teeth the entire time. Some people are born with genetics that predispose their teeth to stains while other people have stained their teeth with years of tea, coffee, or soda. Whatever the reason, many people wish that they could whiten their teeth in order to improve their confidence and self-esteem. Furthermore, having pearly white teeth is great for milestone photos such as graduation pictures or wedding photos. Fortunately, there are a variety of options for people who would
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Why a Dental Implant?

When people think about treatment options for various dental conditions, the dental implant often gets overlooked. Some patients might fear the idea of having a false tooth permanently placed. Other patients may assume that the treatment is too expensive or somehow represents a failure of their oral hygiene. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are many reasons that people could have a dental implant placed. Understanding these reasons is the first step toward reaching a successful treatment outcome. Some People are Missing a Tooth Congenitally  Many patients don’t realize that some people are born missing one
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How to Encourage Children to Floss

Anyone who has spent any time as a parent or a babysitter understands that getting kids to brush their teeth is hard. They won’t sit still, make a mess of the toothpaste, and never seem to brush long enough; however, this challenge doesn’t match the difficulty that caregivers have convincing children to floss. Many parents try to floss their children’s teeth but have trouble reaching the back from their position. Kids will squirm constantly and don’t like it when their gums bleed. If only there was a better way to encourage children to floss. Let the Kids Select the Flossers
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Are your gums trying to tell you something?

Plaque on the teeth is unsightly as well as dangerous to your oral health and can wreak havoc in other areas of your body’s system. A dentist might be the first to encounter the symptoms leading to conditions you are not aware of, just by examining the status of your gums. There are different degrees of periodontal or gum disease. Gingivitis – This is the early stage, at this point, the gums show signs of redness and inflammation. It is the result of sticky particles of food with bacteria forming a film on your teeth and around the base of the
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Teaching Children to Brush and Floss Independently

From the moment your child gets that first tooth, brushing should become a daily routine. It’s recommended that you use a child’s brush and a small grain of fluoride paste twice daily. When they have multiple teeth, flossing becomes part of the practice. Moving from you managing these tasks to them achieving dental hygiene independence varies in difficulty from child to child. But it’s important that you motivate them early and often to be self-reliant and always keep their teeth clean. Motivational Speaking Children want to be like grownups and make parents proud. That’s a message that you can reinforce
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