Fall is open enrollment for many employers. Now is the time to enroll or review your current dental insurance company, plan and benefits.
As you are evaluating your dental plan, please keep in mind that we are In-Network with Delta Dental Premier, Lakeland ASR and Dental Health Options by Health Resources.
Some of our patients have dental insurance that is Out-of-Network. We do work with and file for them daily. There are some Out-of-Network insurances that still have good coverage in our office. Although, if you can switch to one of the above In-Network dental insurances, you will have a greater savings in our office.
For those patients who are unable to obtain dental insurance, we do offer an in-office dental savings plan. Details can be found simply by clicking the link below.
We understand that insurance, in general, can be confusing and overwhelming. Any of our administrative staff would be more than happy to assist you with your dental insurance questions.
Finally, as the end of the year approaches, we like to take time to remind our patients about the importance of using their dental insurance benefits, health savings and/or flex spending accounts.
Keep in mind, each person or family member on a dental plan is entitled to their own dental benefits. Just because one member used their maximum for the year, doesn't mean other members benefits are depleted.
Each month, employees pay for their dental insurance premiums, health savings and/or flex spending accounts. If you do not use those benefits before the end of the year, they are lost and do not roll over to the following year.
If you haven’t had your check-up and cleaning or have treatment that needs to be done, now is the time to schedule your appointment before the end of year rush!
The Dangers of Soda
Over the last few years, the consumption of soda by kids, teens, and young adults has increased dramatically. These days it seems like everybody prefers to drink things that are sugary and acidic. What is important to realize is that these drinks offer no benefits to oral health (or health in general). According to reports the average person drinks around 16 ounces of soda a day which equates to 53 gallons of soda a year. Consuming 53 gallons of liquids filled with acids and sugar will repeatedly expose teeth to sugar, fueling decay.
Harmfulness of Soda on your Teeth
Soda harms teeth by directly exposing them to acid and by feeding acid-producing bacteria. Erosion occurs when acid breaks down tooth enamel, leaving the sensitive dentin layer with less protection. This makes teeth more sensitive to hot and cold, resulting in frequent toothaches. The sugars in soda also allow bacteria to multiply and produce acid as their waste product. This acid gets trapped in plaque…
Dental Care for Children Dental Care for Children Even the smallest teeth need attention and care. Infants will start to teethe at about six months old, and many of the baby teeth will erupt above the gum line by the time the child is one year old. This is why the first dental appointment for your child should take place between their first and second birthdays. A child’s first dental appointment does not typically involve any treatment. Instead, this visit is a wellness check or "chair-ride" for the infant to discuss oral care during development and introduce oral care habits as a routine to keep up with throughout their life.
The First Appointment At the appointment, you can hold your child in your arms while your dentist examines his or her teeth and mouth. You should use this opportunity to discuss your child’s medical history and any issues you’re concerned about. Your dentist will review the child’s teething and tooth development to see that their growth is on track. Your d…