Why Is Smoking So Detrimental To The Health Of Your Teeth?

July 25th, 2015

It’s common knowledge that smoking can lead to serious health problems such as lung and throat cancer, but did you know that tobacco use can also have a huge impact on your oral health? Using tobacco of any kind, whether it be chewing, cigarettes, or smoking from a pipe, can create nearly irreversible effects on your oral health.

Some common problems associated with smoking and your oral health include bone loss, gum disease, plaque and tartar buildup, halitosis, and the notorious discoloration, “yellowing” of the teeth. These issues may result in the need for dental insurance, or asking about company plans. These are just some of the many effects smoking has on your teeth.

Gum Disease
Smoking effects the gums by inhibiting the regular functions of the gum tissues, as well as affects the bone attachment and soft tissues in the mouth. Over time the blood flow responsible for healing will become impaired and the mouth will become more amenable to infections. All of these issues combined makes smokers more susceptible to periodontal disease, or “gum disease.”

Oral Cancer
It is estimated that 35,000 patients will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in the United States. The odds of developing cancer is stacked against tobacco users, with an estimated 90% of oral cancer patients having been regular tobacco users (whether from pipes, cigarettes, cigars, or other smoking apparatuses.) In fact, statistics from the American Cancer Society show that smokers are 6 times more likely to develop cancer of the tongue, mouth, lips, or throat, than that of a non-smoker.

Issues with Dental Procedures
Not only does smoking make your teeth look bad, it also effects your recovery from dental procedures. This happens because of the weakened healing capabilities, causing an extended recovery time post-surgery. Persistent smoking can also lead to repeated tooth decay and complete loss of teeth.

Smokeless Tobacco
Those hoping to curb these oral health issues by using smokeless tobacco should know that they are still at risk. Smokeless tobacco products contain many chemicals that affect the esophagus, mouth, and throat, and may cause receding of the gums.

Protect your mouth against disease and unwanted issues by maintaining good oral health, brushing and flossing daily, having regular dental checkups, and conquering the habit of tobacco use.

What Is A filling And What Are Some Types Of Fillings?

July 21st, 2015

Oral issues arise, and as hard as you try to take good care of your teeth, sometimes your dentist will have to step in and take the reins. If you are suffering from a painful cavity your dentist will likely want to do a filling, meaning that he will use a material to fill and restore any of your teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay.

Be sure to keep an open dialogue with your dentist about the type of filling you want, and which tooth requires the most immediate attention, should you only be able to do one at a time. Your dentist will be happy to assist you with any dental insurance issues you may run into.

During The Visit:
During your appointment your dentist will assess the damage to your tooth and decide how best to proceed. The procedure should take relatively little time, though it will require a freezing anesthetic. After the anesthetic is applied, your dentist will then begin removing unwanted decay from your tooth with a small drill. Once the hole has been made and all traces of cavity have been removed your dentist will begin filling and sealing the hole with a dental filling.

What Is A Filling:
Fillings are a highly moldable material, making it easier for dentist’s to expertly restore decayed teeth. There are several different types of filling materials; it will be up to your dentist to decide which will be right for your mouth. Some filling options include:

• Amalgam, or “silver” fillings were traditionally used to fill cavities and remained a standby for years. However, this dark color was lackluster in visual appearance, making it all too easy to spot a filled cavity within the mouth.

• Ceramic/Porcelain fillings, sometimes called inlays, are a great choice for those looking to mask the appearance of a tooth filling. These pearly white on lays a bonded to the teeth to create a seamless visual transition from one tooth to the next.

• Composite resins are a great option for those looking to color match their fillings. These fillings are designed to match your teeth, however may not be as longwearing as other filling materials, and are prone to stain.

• Glass or acrylic fillings are designed to release fluoride periodically and should only be used in low- traffic areas of the mouth, such as the front teeth. These options are commonly used to replace chipped or broken teeth in the smile.

• Gold fillings are a great option for those looking for a long-term filling. Gold fillings may last up to 15 years. While many people enjoy the long-wear and fun look of gold fillings, they can run more expensive than other filling materials.

Keep decay causing cavities at bay by maintaining a regular oral health regiment, brushing twice daily and flossing regularly. To schedule a dental appointment for a filling or checkup, or to figure out if you qualify for company plans dental insurance, contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center at (614) 414-0111.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Teeth Whitening And Its Powerful Effects

June 29th, 2015

Looking to get your pearly whites their whitest? Whether you have a career in front of the camera or are simply trying to achieve a whiter smile, cosmetic teeth whitening is a sure way to get your teeth shining their brightest.

Teeth whitening is a safe form of bleaching performed inside the mouth. The bleach is applied to your tooth’s enamel and stained teeth will appear brighter and cleaner. This is great for those who partake in practices that tend to stain your teeth, such as drinking coffee or cola, smoking cigarettes, and drinking red wine. This powerful whitening effect can last anywhere up to a year, to as little as a month long (depending on your intake of foods or beverages that often stain teeth)

Whitening your teeth can have a powerful effect leading to a brighter smile, however it may also cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. It’s important to speak to your dentist before undergoing a whitening procedure to discuss long-term and side-effects associated with whitening your teeth. Results vary dependent on the color of your teeth. Yellow and brown teeth respond very well to whitening practices, whereas grey stained teeth may not show as bright of a result.

Easton Dentist will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding your cosmetic whitening procedure. For a bright, white new smile call Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111 to schedule an appointment for cosmetic teeth whitening. You will not regret your results.

Gingivitis? Signs, Symptoms, And Treatment

June 24th, 2015

Are you experiencing a bacterial infection and you’re not sure what it is? You may be showing symptoms associated with gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums normally caused by bacteria. The primary culprit of gingivitis is plaque, however smoking, changes in your hormones, irregular flossing and brushing, or a history of dental diseases in the family may all be contributing factors.

Signs And Symptoms Of Gingivitis
Many sufferers of gingivitis may not realize they have gingivitis for quite some time, as the symptoms are usually mild. Left unchecked gingivitis may turn into periodontitis, or gum disease, and lead to more oral issues in the future. Common signs and symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums, specifically after brushing
  • Receding gums
  • Pain associated with chewing
  • Persisting, irregular smelling breath
  • An irregular build-up of plaque

Treatment Of Gingivitis
After scheduling an appointment with your dentist, he will determine how far along the gingivitis is as well as dental insurance coverage (check with Easton Dentist for company plans). Your dentist will then deep clean your teeth by scaling (removing plaque and tartar from your gums), using lasers to remove plaque, or root planning (smoothing out rough areas and removing infected areas of your teeth). Catching gingivitis early is a surefire way to prevent gum disease.

After Treatment
After your dentist has administered the appropriate treatment, be sure to continue brushing and flossing regularly, as well as using a disinfectant mouthwash to prevent bacteria from building up in the future.

Regular brushing and flossing are essential to keeping great oral hygiene. If you have one or more of the symptoms described and feel you may be suffering from gingivitis, call Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111 to schedule an appointment.

Now Accepting New Patients For Consultations And Services

May 22nd, 2015

The Dental Center is happy to announce we are currently accepting new patients and families for dental services.

Dr. Gilmer and his staff are committed to providing quality dental service to you and your family. Our trusted dental services have been serving the Ohio region since 2009 and continues to shine as a practice in our field.

Serving the Columbus, Ohio area, The Dental Center offers restorative dentistry, periodontic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. We also offer emergency dental care for root canals and tooth extractions, with conveniently extended work hours so we can be there for you as soon as an emergency hits.

We also offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, tooth colored fillings, and our innovative dental implants. For questions and concerns comes and talk to The Dental Center’s Dr. Gilmer about cosmetic dental procedures.

The Dental Center has over 160 dental insurance carriers supporting our dental work, all with customized treatment plans. For those who aren’t insured for dental procedures – no need to worry. We offer flexible company plans customized to fit any budget. Come speak with us and we’ll help you find which plan will work best for you and your family.

To schedule an appointment with The Dental Center, phone us at (614) 414-0111 or visit our contact page and request an appointment. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to set up your visit and welcome you to the Dental Center.

New To Dental Insurance? Here’s How It Works

May 18th, 2015

Are you just now entering the complicated world of dental insurance? If so, the process can sometimes be overwhelming and difficult to understand. At the Dental Center we’re happy to help you through the complicated process of your insurance plan. Dental insurance can be summed up in these 3 easy points:

1. How do you get dental insurance? Dental insurance is provided either by your place of full-time employment, or bought independently by you. There are three main types of dental insurance: indemnity (which allows you to choose any dentist you prefer who accepts your specific coverage), PPO or Preferred Provide Network, or DHMO “Dental Health Managed Organizations” wherein you will be assigned a specific in-network dentist and insurance package.

2. What does it do? Dental insurance provides you access to basic and major dental care and covers a wide variety of services, such as fillings, root canals, fillings, cleanings, and extraction. When purchasing dental insurance on your own, you are likely not going to be covered for cosmetic dental surgery such as tooth whitening.

3. Try and find a preferred provider accepted by your dental provider. Each dental office is going to have a network of preferred providers, or insurance companies, that they like to work with. Our dental practice has over 160 dental carriers to ensure you can work with your most comfortable choice.

Getting approved for dental insurance is relatively easy. Much like other insurance plans, some dental services (such as a root canal) may be subject to deductible and co-pays, so be sure to go through your insurance agreement with a fine tooth comb before you decide which company you’d like to work with.

At the Easton Dental Center we’re happy to provide company plans to fit any budget, we also work with over 160 dental insurance carriers to ensure you can work comfortably with The Dental Center and your trusted insurance agency. If you don’t have dental insurance we are more than happy to offer you flexible payment plans. Please contact us for personalized payment plans or information about insurance and to learn more about our services.

Dental Insurance Providers and Plan Ranges

April 15th, 2015

Do you have Dental Insurance? If not, you likely know the stress involved with keeping your own personal dental health, as well as your family’s, in check. Those working part time, low-income jobs, those who are self-employed, or have no company plan should be interested to know that there are still great dental opportunities for them when it comes to premium dental insurance. For others who aren’t sure of what they’re looking for in a Dental Insurance Provider, here are some great options in the Ohio area.

What is an Indemnity Plan?
This means that your carrier will pay for your dental services after getting the bill. You will pay your dentist up front for any work done, but will be reimbursed by your insurance provider.

What is a Managed-Care plan?
In Ohio, many dentists within this network have agreed to a negotiated rate. Many see this as a more cost effective way to manage your dental insurance.

Anthem Dental Insurance
Anthem currently offers three different plan choices, with the ability to enroll yourself or your whole family into the programs. There is no waiting period for preventative or diagnostic services, and best of all you can still stay with your current dentist or choose from Anthem’s network of professionals for a lower rate. Choices come in the Dental Blue Basic package, including basic coverage and routine checkups. Dental Blue Essential package includes basic services, as well as specialty services such as root canals or denture work. Finally, the Dental blue Essential 200 offers basic dental work, specialty services, and offers you a larger choice of dentists available in the network.

United Health One
United Health One offers dental insurance that won’t be out of your price range. They have a healthy selection of dentists available, meaning you may not even have to switch from your current dental provider.

DenteMax
This dental insurance company offers over 216,000 dentists nationwide, and agrees to charge their clients a lower fee than normal for talented professionals.

Nationwide Dental Plans
Nationwide offers a comprehensive list of plans, from basic to voluntary, covering large or small groups, families, and annual benefits. Their plans come in Basic, Diagnostic and Preventative, Major, or Orthodontia. Nationwide also offers oral cancer screening, maternity care, dental implants, and a carryover program for unused benefits.

Dental Insurance Plans Ohio
If you’re still not sure what will work best for you, Ohio has five different types of insurance plans available at Dentalinsurance.com, including discount dental plans, managed-care plans, indemnity plans, and more. Simply visit the website and enter your postal code to see what plans are available to you.

Your financial situation should never prevent you from getting the oral care that you need. There are options available to you in dental emergencies, such as allowing University Dental School students to work on you, or by contacting your city’s health department regarding free or low cost dental clinics for low-income families.

To discuss your dental insurance company plans contact Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111.

Emergency Dental Problems and What To Do If They Happen

April 15th, 2015

If you have ever accidentally chipped a tooth or felt the pain of a wisdom tooth then you know how uncomfortable it can be to wait for the dentist office to open the next morning while you’re left with a swollen jaw. Let’s face it, emergencies are never on our timeline, that’s why when one hits you’ve got to be prepared. At Easton Dentists we provide extended business hours for urgent dental care. Our emergency dentists and dental insurance suggestions are just a phone call away.

So what is a dental emergency, and what should be done when one happens?

1. You Chipped or Knocked out a Tooth
Stay calm. While it doesn’t always feel easy to do so after losing or chipping a tooth, keep yourself under control and calmly try to locate the missing tooth. Call or visit a dentist immediately. The sooner you can get your tooth into a dentist office, the more likely it will be to take root again. If there is any bleeding, have some tissue or gauze handy to bite down on.

2. Swollen gums around Wisdom Tooth
While wisdom teeth are likely to cause discomfort when growing in, intense swelling and pain may be associated with an infection or abscess and should be looked at by your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, swish salt water in your mouth after eating and drinking to clean the potentially infected area.

3. Broken Fillings
The loss of a filling is uncomfortable, and sometimes painful due to sharp edges around your teeth. Especially when you are trying to eat or drink. Breaking a filling is a common dental emergency and may even make your mouth feel hypersensitive. Take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen to ease the sensitivity until you can get to your dentist, but never rub Advil or Aspirin directly to the area as it can burn your gum tissue.

4. Pain when Whitening Teeth
While this doesn’t exactly fall under an “emergency”, pain associated with at-home teeth whitening kits can be uncomfortable, and to some – unbearable. If you are experiencing this common trouble with whitening your teeth, desist using the product and make an appointment with your dentist to discuss why you may be experience this discomfort.

To discuss any emergency dental procedures, contact Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111.

Choosing The Right Dental Plan For You

March 22nd, 2015

Here are some useful tips for choosing the right dental plan for you:

1. If you presently have a regular dental provider, ask her/him for a recommendation. If you possess a favorite dentist you’d love to keep visiting, check with that dental professional about what plans she/he belongs to. Dental professionals also are great resources to learn what plans you should avoid.

2. Select a dental insurer that has experience and great reputation. If you are unfamiliar with a certain dental insurance provider, call the Better Business Bureau in your area or additional consumer protection agency.

3. Coverage Comparison. Compare all plans you are considering within these areas:

Yearly maximum: It’s the maximum quantity the plan pays for services within a given year for coverage (adult). $1,000 is standard for the majority of plans, although some might provide less and some might provide more.

Deductible: It’s the quantity you’ll pay prior to the benefits of the plan kicking in. Usually, the deductible resets every year.

What is covered, and at which level: Many dental plans categorize dental procedures in 1 of 3 categories: preventive and diagnostic, major restorative, and basic restorative, and assign a payment percentage for all categories. However, plans may vary as far as what category a service is thought to be: for example, root canals, might be within the basic restorative services classification of one plan, and within the major restorative services classification of an additional one. The difference within the quantity paid by the plan might be several hundred dollars. Prior to purchasing a dental insurance plan, think about which services you’ve needed in the past as one way of predicting which kinds of services you’ll require in the future.

Coverage for kids: The ACA (Affordable Care Act) involves coverage for kid’s dental care.

What isn’t covered: Some kinds of services aren’t covered whatsoever – for example, corrective orthodontics often isn’t covered within individual dental plans. A few procedures, like teeth whitening, might be excluded. Waiting periods might be imposed for a few services. Once again, prior to purchasing a dental insurance plan, think about which services you’ve needed in the past as one method of predicting which kinds of services you’ll require in the future.

4. Review networks. A few dental plans will require that you to obtain all services from a dentist inside their network. Many plans permit you to visit any dentist you want, yet there’ll be advantages if you visit a dentist participating in the plan’s network. Therefore, if you already possess a regular dentist, see if she/he is a network provider for the plan you are considering. Plus, if you do not have a dentist, search the plan’s provider network to see how many network providers are within your locality.

To discuss your dental insurance company plans contact Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111.

What To Do If You Don’t Have Dental Insurance

March 19th, 2015

As you grow older, your teeth become more prone to fracture and possess a greater risk for decay. Over a period of time, old fillings will weaken the teeth. This is not the best time to put your health on hold.

Yet, many people in their fifties and sixties do not have a dental provider either because they are self-employed, have retired or work part-time. Medicare does not cover the majority of dental care, like fillings, cleanings, dentures, tooth extractions, dental plates or additional dental devices; Part A just pays for specific dental services you might get while hospitalized.

The ACA (Affordable Care Act) will make dental insurance for kids amongst the required ten critical health benefits, yet there isn’t any dental insurance requirement for those over 18 years of age.

Though all of this sounds bad for the uninsured, you’ll still have some choices for obtaining great dental care at an affordable price:

1. Search for a dentist that has a payment plan. Most dentists provide a payment arrangement which will replace insurance. You’ll pay a yearly fee, typically over time, without any financing and interest.

If it’s not possible to locate a dentist in your area that has an affordable-payment plan, look for pro-bono services.

2. Look for events providing low-cost or free dentistry at America’s Dentists Care Foundation, Dentistry From the Heart, or upon your state’s dental association site.

3. Visit a dental school. National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research states that dental schools provide reduced cost, good quality dental treatment. Many have clinics in which students get experience treating patients as licensed, knowledgeable dentists supervise their work. You will locate a listing of accredited dental programs upon the American Dental Association site.

To discuss your dental insurance company plans contact Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111.