Salt Lake City Dentist Blog
WE’VE ALL HEARD VARIOUS “FACTS” when it comes to our oral health—different ways to clean our teeth and gums, what is good or bad for them, etc. As your trusted dental professionals, we’re here to set the record straight about some of the most common oral health myths.
Myth #1: “If my teeth don’t hurt, they are healthy.”
In reality, many dental problems don’t hurt in their beginning stages, such as chronic gum disease and cavities. When they have progressed, however, to where treatment is quite extensive and expensive, you may begin to feel discomfort. Preventing a problem is always better than treating one. Visiting your dentist as frequently as recommended is key in maintaining a healthy body and mouth.
Myth #2: “Bleeding gums are normal.”
When you wash your body, does it bleed? No! It’s not normal for your gums either. In fact, bleeding gums are the first sign of infection. Gums will bleed because plaque accumulates where toothbrushes cannot reach to remove it. This is why flossing daily is so important! Flossing will help reach these plaque-ridden areas, which adds up to about 35 percent of your tooth surface. To heal bleeding gums, consistently brush and floss gently twice a day. If bleeding continues, come see us so we can evaluate your gums for possible gum disease.
Myth #3: “Always rinse your mouth out with water after brushing.”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Spit, don’t rinse”? Keep this tip in mind while brushing. Toothpaste contains fluoride which helps protect our teeth from dental decay, strengthens tooth enamel, and even reduces the amount of cavity-causing acid that bacteria produce. So, when brushing, spit out excess toothpaste, but refrain from rinsing your mouth out with water. This will help your teeth remain protected far longer throughout the day!
Myth #4: “Mouthwash will solve my bad breath.”
There can be many causes for bad breath and mouthwash alone is not the solution. Bad breath can be caused by certain medications, illnesses, foods, and poor dental hygiene. The most effective way to fight bad breath is through regular brushing, daily flossing, and especially tongue scraping. Tongue scraping gets rid of any remaining bacteria on your tongue, which is the real culprit behind bad breath.
Myth #5: “Brush your teeth immediately after eating.”
We may think that brushing right after eating is good because it gets any food particles that are left behind in our teeth. But brushing within 30 minutes of finishing a meal can actually weaken tooth enamel, especially if you’ve consumed anything sugary or acidic, such as citrus. After a meal, it is best to thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production. After about 30 minutes, however, brush away!
We’ve loved busting these oral health myths so that you have the best and most accurate information out there. If you have any questions, call or come in to see us!
Thank you for reading our blog and placing your trust in our practice!
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If you are covered by two dental plans…
When you are covered by two dental plans this is called "dual coverage." This does not "double" your coverage. However, it may reduce your out-of-pocket costs.
Dual coverage works the same way whether you are covered by two Dental insurance plans of the same company or by two different Dental insurance companies. Your primary dental insurance simply works with the other insurance company (secondary insurance) to coordinate your benefits.
Which plan pays first?
The plans set forth rules to determine which plan pays first, ("primary") and which plan pays afterwards ("secondary"). The general rule is that the plan that covers you as an enrollee is the primary plan and the plan which covers you as a dependent is the secondary plan.
For your children's coverage, generally the primary insurance company is determined by the birthday rule (i.e., coverage of the parent whose birthday —month and day, not year — comes first in the year is considered to be your children's primary coverage). A divorce agreement or other court ruling may supersede the birthday rule.
How dual coverage works
For example, if both of your plans provide two cleanings a year, each with 80 percent coverage, then: You would not be entitled to four cleanings a year. The primary plan pays its benefit as if there is no other insurance The secondary plan will act as a supplement to the primary plan with its payments limited to the lesser of its normal benefit or the patient’s out-of-pocket costs under the primary plan.
Non-duplication of benefits clause
Some dental benefit plans have "non-duplication of benefits" provisions. This means that the secondary plan will not pay any benefits if the primary plan paid the same or more than what the secondary plan allows for that dentist.
For example, if both the primary and secondary carrier pay for the service at 80 percent level but the primary allows $100 and the secondary carrier normally allows $80 for the same treatment, the secondary carrier would not make any additional payment. However, if the primary carrier only pays 50 percent of the dentist’s allowed fee, then the secondary carrier would reduce its payment by the amount paid by the primary plan and pay the difference. In this case, the secondary carrier would pay $14 ($80 x 80 percent - $50 = $14).
However, if the primary insurance plans annual maximum has exhausted all its benefits for the current policy year then the secondary insurance is obligated to pay at the rates outlined by the policy provisions of the secondary insurance plan.
Keep in mind that an insurance company will never guarantee that they will pay anything, even pre-authorizations are only determinations of benefits, no guarantee of payment.
Dual coverage saves money for you and your insurance by sharing the total cost of dental benefits between two carriers. Containing costs is an important part of your Dental insurance(s) plan to keep you smiling.
We're in the middle of our December rush. I don't mean getting ready for Christmas. Once again we have many patients that are trying to take advantage of their dental insurance benefits before the year ends. Most people who have dental insurance have a yearly maximum that is paid by their insurance company. Usually that amount is $1000-2000. If that amount is not used by the end of the year, those benefits are lost. Each October we send a postcard encouraging our patients with untreated dental disease to come in before the end of the year. Our hope is that they will come in October or November. Human nature being what is it is, most patients wait until December to seek dental care. Each year we are unable to accommodate all the requests for appointments.
This fall we are starting a newsletter that will be mailed to many of our patients. The goal in providing this information is to make sure that are patients are well-informed about the services we offer and how dentistry can improve your general health and well-being. We plan to publish the newsletter each quarter and will make it available for free online to those interested parties. This quarter's dental newsletter can be found at this link: Dental Newsletter.
It may be due to the economy, or in response to supply and demand, but lately there have been a lot of dentists advertising dental implants and what the fee is for those implants. In some respects, we'd hope you wouldn't shop for a dentist based solely on price, especially a surgical procedure, but I also operate with a budget and realize saving money is important and getting affordable dental implants is a worthwhile pursuit. So I'd thought I'd suggest a few things to look for and ask, when looking for a deal for dental implants.
This week is the Utah Dental Association's annual meeting. Most dentists and their teams will attend this 2 day event at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. I bring this up because a common question we get is how much CE or continuing education does a dentist need to take. In Utah, the requirement for continuing education is 30 hours every 2 years for both dentists and hygienists.
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