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.

The Importance of Tooth Enamel

February 25th, 2015

Enamel, which is the hard mineral-rich outer layer of your teeth, is the number one defense against tooth decay.  Unfortunately over time, enamel can be eroded by acid, which is found in food, drinks, and bacterial plaque.  As enamel erodes, your teeth become more susceptible to tooth decay.  When acid levels rise, calcium in enamel becomes soft which is called de-mineralization.  Your mouth can counteract this process with salvia.  Saliva has the ability to neutralize acid and the calcium within saliva helps bind to your teeth to help replace the lost enamel.  This is a process known as re-mineralization.

If there is too much acid in your mouth, saliva is not able to neutralize the effects.  Drinks that contain high citric acid such as soda and sports drinks can be very damaging to enamel.  Not only are these drinks high in acid, they also have a high buffering capacity that slows down the neutralizing effect of saliva.  Although brushing your teeth after drinking highly acidic beverages seems like a way to protect enamel, it can actually have a counter effect if done to promptly.  Acid found in food or drink softens the enamel and if you brush your teeth too quickly, the brushing can essentially brush away some of your enamel.

There are a few methods in maintaining a healthy pH balance in your mouth.  The most effective way is to limit the amount of acidic food or drinks you consume.  If you decide to drink acidic drinks, use a straw in efforts to reduce the amount of time the acid is in contact with your teeth.  Also try and drink these during your mealtime.  The final step is to wait at least 30 to 60 minutes after drinking or eating something acidic before brushing your teeth.  Because tooth enamel is the main component in maintaining healthy teeth, keeping your enamel strong is the best way to keep your teeth from decay.

To ensure your tooth enamel is intact with proper dental care consult The Dental Center at Easton today!

Root Canal Treatment

February 16th, 2015

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime.  Brushing, flossing, and proper oral hygiene help to keep your teeth strong and healthy over the course of your life.  Sometimes, however, damage can occur to a tooth, most often from a deep cavity or an injury that causes a tooth to crack, and this can cause the interior of the tooth to become infected.  The infection can damage the pulp of the tooth, which is a network of blood vessels and nerves.  If left untreated, the damaged pulp can cause infection that will damage the bone around the tooth, which will then lead to swelling and pain.  If the damaged tooth becomes infected, your dentist may have to preform a root canal to save the tooth.

A root canal involves opening the tooth, removing the damaged pulp, cleaning, shaping, filling and sealing the tooth.  Root canals are a very common and effective procedure used to save the infected tooth from having to be removed.  Root canals do require two appointments because a permeate crown needs to be fitted and molded before it can be applied to the tooth.  During the first appointment, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and drain any abscesses.  The root canal will then be cleaned and shaped for a temporary filling.  During this visit impressions will be taken so a proper fitting crown can be molded for the infected tooth.  During your second visit, your dentist will check the tooth and make sure all of the infection has cleared.  Once this has been completed, the permanent crown will be applied to the tooth.  Any adjustments to the shape of the crown will be made so that the new crown does not affect your bite.

After your root canal has been completed, your tooth will look and feel as good as new.  Proper oral hygiene will help prevent any additional infections to the tooth.  If you are experiencing any sensitivity or discomfort, schedule an appointment with your dentist today to address the issue and prevent any further decay.

How Do You Know If You Need A Root Canal?

February 9th, 2015

If you’ve been experiencing tooth sensitivity or pain, how do you know if you need a root canal?  This answer unfortunately is sometimes painfully obvious, and that pain is caused within the affected tooth.

Anyone can experience some degree of tooth discomfort.  An issue within a tooth’s root canal is not necessarily always the cause for discomfort.  You might experience sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or foods, which isn’t usually a sign of a serious problem.  These symptoms could also be the result of a loose filling, a small area of decay, or an exposed root surface.  If you are experiencing sharp pain that occurs when you bite down, pain that lingers after you’ve consumed hot or cold food or drinks, or a constant ache from an area that is difficult to pinpoint, these may all be symptoms of infection or inflammation within the root canal.  An infection within the pulp tissue of a tooth is typically treated with a root canal.

A root canal dentist will be the only one who can determine whether the pulp tissue inside your tooth is the cause of the pain.  If this is confirmed, then a root canal procedure can be the most effective way of relieving the pain and preventing further damage to the area.

If you ever begin to feel severe aching or pressure in your mouth that does not subside, or if you begin to notice sensitivity and swelling in your gums, don’t wait for the problem to fix itself!  These symptoms are all major reasons to schedule an appointment with your dentist and have the issue checked out and treated.

Mouth Guards And Sports

January 15th, 2015

The winter season has arrived which means a number of children are about to begin participating in winter sports such as hockey, basketball, and wrestling.  These sports (among other sports throughout each season) pose a high risk of injury to the mouth.  The unsettling fact is that most children do not wear mouth guards while playing sports.

Although mouth guards are mandatory to wear in some sports such as football, it is recommended by dental professionals to wear a mouth guard in any high contact athletic activity.  A study found that 68% of children do not wear a mouth guard during soccer, basketball, baseball and softball games.  The likelihood of a ball, bat, or body part coming into contact with someone’s mouth is extremely high.  It is estimated that wearing a mouth guard during sports could prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries per year.

Proper fitting mouth guards should be:

- Comfortable.
- Easy to clean.
- Durable and tear resistant.
- Not restricting to breathing or speech.
- Able to easily stay in place.

With the numbers as they are, it is very important for children to protect their teeth and mouth by wearing a mouth guard.  This could be what saves your child from a mouth injury and thousands of dollars in dental expenses.

New Year Dental Resolutions

January 9th, 2015

The New Year has arrived but that does not mean there still is not time to add a few dental related resolutions to your list!  Although many people often aren’t able to keep their resolutions, oral related resolutions might be a bit more motivating to keep.  We at Easton Dentist have come up with three suggestions for some oral health related resolutions this 2015:

Reduce The Sweets – This New Year try cutting down the amount of sweets you consume.  The longer your teeth are exposed to the sugars in sweets, the longer the acids have to attack tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay.  Reducing the amount of sweets you eat can help keep your teeth cavity free this year.

Brush & Floss Regularly – If you don’t already, commit to brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes.  Brushing for two minutes is important because is will provided the recommended and necessary cleaning to keep your teeth healthy and cavity free.  Also, another part to this resolution should be to increase your flossing.  If you aren’t flossing once daily, try to start out by at least flossing once a week.  As this habit begins to pick up, slowly work your way to flossing once a day to keep those gums healthy.

Quit Smoking – Cigarette smokers might already have a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking but your oral health is another major reason to kick the habit.  Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of gum disease.  Not only will your lungs thank you for this resolution but your teeth and gums will too.

These few resolutions are just some of the suggested oral health tips we recommend you strive to improve upon this New Year.  Make sure that you also schedule a teeth cleaning every six months to keep your smile vibrant and healthy!

The Four Types of Teeth

December 26th, 2014

When you think about teeth, you may not naturally think about the fact that there are different types of teeth.  As you run your tongue along the tops of your teeth, you can feel the changes in size and smoothness.  What you probably don’t know is that there are four different types of teeth and they each have distinctive functions.

Incisors – These are the top and bottom four teeth in the center of your mouth.  These eight teeth are flat and can often be sharp, which is why you might primarily use them for biting into food.

Canines – The canines are the teeth to the right and left of your incisors.  These are the sharpest of your teeth and best used for grasping and tearing food.  The canine teeth also have very long roots due to their size.

Premolars – These teeth are located behind your canines. There are two on the top and two on the bottom. They are larger and have a flat chewing surface, which makes them best for crushing food.

Molars – The molars are the last teeth towards the back and are the largest teeth in your mouth.  These teeth have bigger, flatter chewing surfaces and make chewing and grinding food into smaller pieces easier.

Each one of your teeth assists to make eating possible.  It’s important to take proper care of your teeth to prevent cavities and decay.  Make sure to brush twice daily and floss regularly.  Also remember to schedule a cleaning every six months to check to see if your teeth are cavity free.