Dr Dental, Dental Prophylaxis

09/18/19

Under most dental insurance plans preventive dental services such as general or basic cleanings are covered at no cost to you. The common dental term used for this type of cleaning is dental prophylaxis, which is a scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove coronal plaque, calculus, and stains.

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Dr Dental – Association files complaint with FTC, FDA against SmileDirect Club

09/14/19

ADA acts ‘out of concern for consumer safety, customer recourse’

The Association announced July 11 it sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners.

The letter, sent on June 27, comes about two months after the Association filed a citizen’s petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, stating that SmileDirect Club is placing the public at risk by knowingly evading the FDA’s “by prescription only” restriction the agency has placed on teeth aligning materials.

“The ADA took these actions out of concern for patient safety and to enable consumers to take action when negative treatment outcomes occur,” said Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, ADA president.

Source: ADA

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Dr Dental, What is a Periodontist

09/11/19

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 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.

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- Dental Laboratory Accountability Bill Signed into Law

09/07/19

The Washington State Dental Association and Washington State Dental Laboratory Association worked together to lead a successful legislative effort to implement ADA policy on dental laboratory registration.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the dental laboratory registration and disclosure bill into law April 19, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Commencing on New Year’s Day, all dental labs serving dentists in Washington state will be required to:

• Register with the state department of health.
• Disclose in writing to the dentist what materials are in each device or prosthetic.
• Disclose in writing to the dentist the city, state and country where each device or prosthetic was made.
• Have at least one lab technician annually complete 12 hours of continuing education or who is a certified dental technician.

Source: ADA

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Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation

09/04/19

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- Federal legislation would bar dental, vision plans from setting fees for non-covered services

09/02/19

The Dental and Optometric Care Access Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives July 15, proposing federal legislation that would prohibit dental and vision plans from setting fees for noncovered services.

The bill, H.R. 3762, also called the DOC Access Act, is supported by the ADA and American Optometric Association.

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, reintroduced H.R. 3762. The legislation would prohibit all federally regulated plans from mandating that dentists discount their normal fee when the fee is for a service not covered by the plan. The bill also would also prohibit plans from imposing restrictions on medical plan participation and setting limits on a doctor’s choice of lab.

Source: ADA

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Dr Dental- Oral Evaluation

08/30/19

Detailed And Extensive Oral Evaluation Problem Focused

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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Need Dental Insurance? DrDental.com Has plans Starting at 7.95 A Month

08/27/19

Our insurance plans make having dental care more affordable. Our lower cost HMO plans have no waiting periods or Maximums annual limitations.

We also however do provide PPO and Indemnity plans that will let you stay with your choose your own dentist. we also have a PPO plan without waiting periods depending on the state you are in. Check our our dental insurance option on line today. Just enter your Zip code in the quote box provided to review all our available dental insurance plan options. Have Questions? Call our customer service line at 310-534-3444 M-F 8am – 4pm as we are always happy to assist you with finding the right plan for your dental care needs.

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Preventative Measures Paves Way to Tackling Gum Disease.

08/23/19

The unexpected findings could pave the way for the development of preventative measures in tackling gum, by manipulating the normal bacteria in the same way that probiotic yogurt works to protect the intestine.Researchers at Queen Mary’s Blizard Institute, including Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellow Mark Payne, worked with scientists in the US; they published their findings in the journal Cell Host and Microbe.

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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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