Dr Dental, Detailed And Extensive Oral Evaluation Problem Focused

01/20/18

A detailed and extensive problem-focused evaluation entails extensive diagnostic and cognitive modalities based on the findings of a comprehensive oral evaluation. Integration of more extensive diagnostic modalities to develop a treatment plan for a specific problem is required. The condition requiring this type of evaluation should be described and documented. Examples of conditions requiring this type of evaluation may include dentofacial anomalies, complicated perio-prosthetic conditions, complex temporomandibular dysfunction, facial pain of unknown origin, severe systemic diseases requiring multi-disciplinary consultation, etc.

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Dr Dental, Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation

01/18/18

A Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation will typically includes evaluation of periodontal conditions, probing and charting, evaluation and recording of the patient’s dental and medical history and general health assessment. It may also include the evaluation and recording of dental caries, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, occlusal relationships and oral cancer screening.

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Dr Dental, What is a Comprehensive Oral Evaluation

01/16/18

A comprehensive oral evaluation is typically used by a general dentist and/or a dental specialist when evaluating a patient comprehensively. A comprehensive oral evaluation is a thorough evaluation and recording of the extraoral and intraoral hard and soft tissues. It may require interpretation of information acquired through additional diagnostic procedures. This would include the evaluation and recording of the patient’s dental and medical history and a general health assessment. It may typically include the evaluation and recording of dental decay, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, occlusal relationships, periodontal conditions (including periodontal charting), hard and soft tissue anomalies, etc.

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Dr Dental, Scaling and Root Planing

01/14/18

Dental Insurance Care for Scaling and Root Planning

Question: I do not have dental insurance but I went to a dentist the other day since it been about three years since I last been to one.  $200 latter I am told that I need to have a Scaling and Root Planning.  Which the dentist told me it is because I do not floss. I do not doubt what the dentist is telling me it just without dental insurance I am talking about another $700.00 to be spent.  Will getting dental insurance now help me out.

Reply: Yes all you need to do is compare the coverage’s cost for the dental services you need to have to what your cost would be without then get the better of the plans. You would however want to review our HMO insurance plans and or dental discount plans as these are the plan types that will not have a waiting period for the service you current need. However, you may have to change to a different dental provider

 

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Dr Dental, Knowing your Baby’s Mouth.

01/12/18

While in most cases your baby will let you know when he or she is teeth, there are other changes that can go on in their mouth that is harder to detect. Having good oral hygiene requires looking inside your baby’s mouth for any unusual changes. One common infection in infants mouths would be oral thrush. This is an overgrowth of yeast which can affect anyone, but more commonly appears in babies younger than six months. While oral thrush often disappears on its own, gum disease may progress. Taking your infant to see a dentist another very important part of promoting good oral healthcare. It is suggested that a baby see a dentist when they cut their first tooth but no latter then their first birthday.

 

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Dr Dental, How Does Dental Insurance Work.

01/08/18

Question: I do not currently have dental insurance and thought about getting some. However what I been looking at it seems that the cost of dental insurance does not match the benefits received.

Reply: You may be reviewing dental PPO plans. Dental PPO plans are really long term dental insurance something you are going to keep for at least a few years. Since these plan have waiting periods. They are worth getting but you need to keep the limitations in mind. Otherwise you may wish to review dental HMO plan which are generally lower cost dental insurance plans that do not have waiting periods.

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Dr Dental, Maintaining Dental Care During Pregnancy.

01/06/18

Generally most routine X-rays can be put of until after you have your baby. However if you do have a more serious dental problem that needs immediate attention, it’s very unlikely that a low level of radiation would cause a problem for your baby as long as your dentist takes the appropriate precautions, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

 

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Dr Dental, Dental Cleaning During Pregnancy

01/04/18

Having Dental Cleaning During Pregnancy.

Adults should have their teeth cleaned at least once every six months. The odds are good that if you are pregnant you will have at least one dental appointment that will come up during your pregnancy. If so do not reschedule your dental appointment. Also if you have not had a dental cleaning in the last six months make an appointment to have one. Dental appointments are not only safe to have during pregnancy but they are a good idea according to the American Pregnancy Association.

 

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Dr Dental, Affordable Dental Plan Options

01/02/18

What are your most affordable plan options

Question: My wife is three months pregnant and this will be our first child.  Before now we took care of our own dental care needs since we did not have any dental insurance.  It was find when it was just the two of us but with the baby coming I want to get dental insurance for the family. We live in CA and I am looking for the most affordable plan not only in plan cost but what I would be paying out for our dental services.

Reply: In the state of California this website offer not only dental insurance but low cost dental discount plans. I suggest reviewing the different plans we have for you and seeing which you would like the best.

If you want dental insurance where you can choose your own dentist you may want to start with reviewing our PPO and Free Choice of provider plans though Delta Dental, StandardLife and Madison National

If you want a lower cost dental insurance plan with no waiting periods we have them too. HMO insurance plans though California Dental, Delta Dental, PrimeCare and United Healthcare. With HMO insurance plans they do tend to be the most affordable but you do need to choose a plan provider.

Another low cost plan option with no waiting periods would not be insurance but a dental discount plan.  look at the few dental discount plan choices we have available to you in California. And remember we are here to help so if you have any questions about the plans we offer just call our member service line at 310-534-3444. They would be happy to address any questions you may have about the dental plans available

 

 

 

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Dr Dental, Pregnancy-Related Tooth Pain

12/30/17

Having gum and tooth pain during pregnancy is not uncommon, however, discomfort is usually a symptom of a more serious underlying dental condition. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, roughly 50 percent of all pregnant women develop gingivitis, or an inflammation of the gums. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more severe periodontal disease, causing uncomfortable tooth pain and possible tooth loss. Therefore having proper dental care during pregnancy becomes very important in order to maintain your oral health care.

 

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Dr Dental, Maintain Dental Care During Pregnancy.

12/28/17

According to studies: Maintain your regular dental care while you are pregnant may help lower your risk for premature labor. According to the studies done there is a link between inflammation and early uterine contractions, and the inflammation in your body caused by gum disease may be enough to trigger premature birth.

 

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Dr Dental, What is the Best Dental Insurance Plan

12/26/17

Question: I shopping for dental insurance but do not know much about it what is the best dental plan?

Answer: People have many different dental needs and depending on your own dental needs and what you may want will determine what is the best plan for you. Such as if you are on a fixed income you may want a lower cost dental insurance such as an HMO. However, if you are wanting to stay with a certain dental provider you may be better off with a PPO that lets you choose dentist in and out side their network of dental providers. What type of dental services you are wanting to have will also help determine the plan the best fits your needs. Take your time and read though a few dental insurance plan options. This website provide dental many different dental insurance plan choices in all states. Give member services a call if you have any question about any of our dental insurance plan options at 310-534-3444

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Dr Dental, What is a Periodontist

12/24/17

Question: I went to the dentist the other day and I had no cavities which I though was good since I have not seen a dentist in many years prior to this point.  I was told by the dentist that I do have gum disease and that I need to see a Periodontist.

Why would I need to see a Periodontist?  I am not too sure what that is but I am guessing it has to do with my gums.  Why can not the dentist just do a deep cleaning that I thought you would get when people have gum issues.

I do not have dental insurance and I know if I go to one of those Periodontist people it will cost me way more then I can afford.   Is it really all that important that I go?  After all my teeth are just fine and my gums do not hurt me.

Reply: One thing you may want to keep in mind is that when you go to a dentist the dentist is not thinking about whether or not you can afford to do what they suggest to you.

The dentist is telling you only what he/she feel is the best thing for your oral health care. One would not refer you to a specialist if they did not believe that would be the best thing for you.

At some point you need to tell the dentist that you can not afford to go to a specialist right now so you need to do the next best thing.

The dentist may tell you how important it is to see a specialist, however if comes down to it they know it would be better for them to do what you can afford to have done then for you to do nothing at all.

Dentist are not mind readers if you do not explain to them what you can and can not afford to do then do not get upset because they are telling you something that is costly and you can not afford it.

 

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Dr Dental, Supplemental Dental Insurance

12/22/17

Getting a Second Dental Plan

Question: The dental insurance that I have currently though my job as a 1000.00 year max per person.  Which is really not much coverage when you need more the two cleanings a year.  My wife needs to have a few crowns with in the next year and she would like it all to be done around the same time but we will max the limit of our coverages. If I get a second dental plan will this be helpful to us or not?  I was thinking there maybe a supplemental dental that we could pick up where it would make some sense for us.

Reply: You would first need to find a dentist that takes your current dental plan and whatever plan you are thinking about getting. Keep in mind plans that let you choose your own dentist like PPO and Indemnity plans will also come with long term waiting periods for the crowns your wife needs.

That said if you can find a dentist that is willing to combine your current PPO plan with an HMO or a dental discount plan you may be better off. The more you can reduce your cost being billed off to your current dental insurance the longer your max limitation will last you as well as you saving money. However I will state that I do not think many dentist would be willing to combine these type of plans with a PPO but nothing wrong with asking

 

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Dr Dental, Avoiding Gum and Tooth Pain During Pregnancy.

12/20/17

Having good dental hygiene during pregnancy is one sure way to avoid gm and tooth pain. Make sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush and gently clean your teeth and gums after every meal. If your teeth are more sensitive during your pregnancy you can use toothpaste specifically designed to combat sensitivity. Do not forget to floss your teeth daily, and cut down on the sugary food and drinks. You may also want to chew gum that contains xylitol, an ingredient that reduces the bacteria that causes tooth decay. It should go without saying but make sure you see your dentist regularly even during y our pregnancy

 

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Dr Dental, Dental Sealants

12/18/17

Dental sealants are protective coatings placed over the tops of the back teeth (molars). They block bacteria and acids from sticking in the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces of these teeth. Sealants can be placed in adults and children. Children can have sealants placed on their permanent molars once they come in, around age six. Sometimes they are also used on primary (baby) molars. Dentists can put sealants on molars with signs of early decay, as long as the decay hasn’t broken through the enamel.

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Dr Dental, On Fluoride

12/16/17

Fluoride penetrates into teeth. Fluoride helps to strengthens teeth by replacing minerals that acid has removed. The benefits of fluoride to teeth were first discovered in the 1930s. Dentists started to notice that people who drank water that naturally contained fluoride had less tooth decay. In 1945, communities started to add fluoride to water supplies. Adding fluoride to water systems has been the most successful cavity prevention method to date. In the early 1960s, fluoride also began to be added to toothpaste. This also had a major impact on cavity prevention. Now almost all toothpastes contain fluoride. Everyone should brush with a fluoride toothpaste every day.

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Dr Dental, Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Tooth Decay

12/14/17

To prevent your teeth from decaying, you can do three things:

* Strengthen your teeth’s defenses with fluoride, sealants and agents that contain calcium and phosphate ions.

* Have your dentist or dental hygienist place sealants on your back teeth.

* Reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.

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Dr Dental, Risk factors That May Increase Your Risk of Tooth Decay

12/12/17

According to dental research done, it has found out that certain factors can affect your risk of tooth decay.

These factors include:

* The current number of decayed or filled teeth
* Your fluoride exposure, including fluoride in drinking water, toothpaste and rinses, and fluoride treatments in the dental office
* Parents or siblings with dental decay
* How well you take care of your teeth
* The amount of saliva and the balance of minerals, enzymes and buffering agents it contains How often and what types of foods you eat (especially fermentable carbohydrates) Ask your dentist about the best ways to reduce your risks and limit dental decay.

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Dr Dental, Saliva and Dental Heath

12/10/17

We may never give much thought to our spit (saliva), but this fluid is remarkable for what it does to help protect our oral health. Saliva keeps teeth and other parts of your mouth moist and washes away bits of food. Saliva contains minerals that strengthen teeth. It includes buffering agents, that reduces the levels of acid that can decay your teeth. In addition saliva also protects against some viruses and bacteria.

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