As more people pursue ideal beauty, including that perfect smile, teeth whitening kits are becoming increasingly popular. But over-the-counter products aren’t professionally designed to last on the teeth, making their results temporary at best.
That’s just part of the cosmetic tooth bleaching market, which is a $3.2 billion global industry and still growing. In fact, in-office bleaching procedures rose 29% from 2014 to 2015. The key driver? Sparkling white smiles can be found all over movies, television, and social media, and people tend to prefer how their teeth were bright when they were young.
Permanent teeth whitening, however, offers more long-lasting results and less risk. Requests for permanent teeth whitening are increasing, too. As more and more people have learned about the white, translucent crystal shells made to fit over their existing teeth, the more interest seems to be generated.
When people learn that their teeth are preserved and not “prepared,” they are much more receptive to a cosmetic treatment for their teeth. The idea is like that of veneers, except the process is much better for the patient. Thin (think contact lens) casings are placed over the fronts of the teeth and permanently bonded in place.
In my practice, we’re currently seeing about one or 2 patients a week for permanent teeth whitening. This is remarkable given that they are just as expensive as veneers. As much as anything, however, the increase is probably due to the fact that most candidates for veneers are excited to switch to permanent teeth whitening when they learn of its advantages.
Permanent teeth whitening is very new to the United States. The trademark was issued in March 2016. Basically, like other veneer systems, it is a proprietary combination of porcelain type and techniques that enables clinicians to create some of the strongest and thinnest veneers available.
Are There Any Risks?
Compared to all other veneering processes, permanent teeth whitening is the safest in terms of your patients’ ability to return their teeth to their original condition—or at least more closely than any other system can allow you to. The more original enamel you can save during the restoration process, the longer the life expectancy of those teeth and their subsequent restorations. Each time there is an evolution toward being able to save more enamel, the safer the procedure becomes.
The biggest risk with permanent teeth whitening is when you don’t discuss realistic outcomes concerning its use with your patient properly. Obviously, certain deep discolorations will challenge its ability to cover up the offending blemishes. In these instances, it is sometimes advisable to consider more conventional veneering processes. Just like regular in-office or take-home whitening procedures, permanent teeth whitening is best suited to healthy straight teeth that just need to be whitened fabulously well and permanently.
What Are the Advantages?
Not only is it an obvious financial benefit by adding another income stream to your practice, but it’s also rewarding in another way. I’ve seen a beautiful array of different life-changing and life-lifting experiences in patients’ lives after successful cosmetic dental work. It is the best reward you can get in and of itself. When you see happy tears, as I call them, that can change your life as well.
When we finally got permanent teeth whitening figured out, I decided I needed to make a video of the process because the before-and-after shots were unable to truly demonstrate the nature of the procedure. After this realization, my son chipped his front tooth in an accident. I thought that it was a perfect opportunity to record how we applied permanent teeth whitening.
We had never really recorded a full live procedure from beginning to end, but we were able to troubleshoot the recording as we went along since it was my son. The footage came out so well, and early enough to be one of the first, it went viral around the world. It garnered more than 45 million hits on Facebook and more than a million on YouTube, making it one of the most watched dental videos of all time.
Article Source: Dentistry Today
Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that the mix of microorganisms that inhabit a person’s saliva are largely determined by the human host’s household. The study, published this week in mBio®, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, shows that early environmental influences play a far larger role than human genetics in shaping the salivary microbiome — the group of organisms that play a crucial role in oral and overall health.
“It’s generally becoming known that there’s a link between our microbiomes and our health and that’s reason enough to find out what’s in there, how they arrived there, and what they are doing,” says Adam P. Roberts, senior lecturer in antimicrobial chemotherapy and resistance at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Roberts co-led the study, which was conducted during his previous post at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. UCL Genetics Institute graduate student Liam Shaw adds, “The oral cavity is naturally colonized by hundreds of bacterial species, which stop external pathogens from establishing a foothold, but they also can themselves cause oral disease.”
The research team wanted to know how the salivary microbiome gets established and which factors are most responsible for the mix of bacteria found there. Roberts’ colleague, UCL immunologist Andrew M. Smith, had access to a unique sample set — DNA and saliva from an extended, Ashkenazi Jewish family living in various households spread across four cities on three continents. That allowed the team ask how much of the variation seen in salivary microbiomes is due to host genetics and how much is due to environment.
Because the family members are ultra-orthodox Ashkenazi Jews, they share cultural diets and lifestyles that control for many confounding factors. Also, because the family members’ DNA had already been sequenced to the level of single changes in the DNA code, the research team had a unique and precise measurement of their genetic relatedness.
Next, Shaw and the team sequenced the bacterial DNA signatures present in saliva samples from 157 family members and 27 unrelated Ashkenazi Jewish controls. Across all samples, they found the core salivary microbiome made up of bacteria from the genera Streptococcus, Rothia, Neisseria, and Prevotella.
To get at what might be driving differences at the bacterial species level, Shaw and the team used statistical methods adopted from ecology to determine which factors are responsible for the most variation. When comparing factors such as shared household, city, age, and genetic relatedness, the factor that determined who shared the most similar saliva microbes was overwhelmingly household.
“What that tells us is that the contact and sharing of microbes that goes on at the very local environment is what determines the differences between individuals,” says Shaw.
Spouses and parents and children younger than 10 living in a household together had the most similar saliva microbiomes. “The contact doesn’t even have to be intimate, like kissing,” says Roberts. “Individuals’ hands are covered in saliva and they are touching everything in the house.” Children younger than 10 had more similar bacteria to their parents than older children, perhaps reflecting that older children are becoming “more independent individuals,” says Roberts.
The team also looked carefully at whether genetic relatedness drove the makeup of the saliva microbiome. When they used a measure of relatedness based on family tree relationships alone, they saw a small, but statistically significant effect. However, when they used the genetic sequence information, a more accurate measure of relatedness, the effect disappeared. In other words, a person’s genetics played virtually no role in shaping their saliva microbes.
“Pedigrees do not always precisely reflect actual genetic relatedness in terms of the amount of genome shared,” says Shaw. Roberts encourages other researchers undertaking large-scale microbiome studies to use detailed human genetic sequence information rather than relying on family trees.
This study shows that environments shared during upbringing play a major role in determining what community of bacteria gets established. And knowing that the shared environment drives the microbiome, Roberts says, may gives us the ability to one day modulate it.
He points to the example of periodontitis, or gum disease, an incredibly common and often debilitating infectious disease associated with an altered microbiome. “Once we understand the members of the microbiome that are responsible for health, our everyday behavior could change to shift our microbiome favorably.”
Article Source: Science Daily
Following research which has suggested claims about oral healthcare products containing activated charcoal to whiten your teeth have been exaggerated, a leading charity has looked at the facts and myths surrounding this current health trend.
The Oral Health Foundation is examining these products following the publication of research showing that there is insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal and charcoal-based oral health products.
The charity is worried that consumers are using these products without fully knowing what they contain and as a result are not getting enough of the ingredients which actively protect their teeth.
Speaking on this subject Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said: “Activated charcoal is undoubtedly the current fashionable health ingredient, appearing in everything from face masks, deodorant, lip balm and increasingly frequently, from our point of view, toothpaste.
“The number of charcoal toothpastes and powders on the market is growing rapidly and are being marketed at through instafamous celebrity endorsements, but we believe shoppers may be being misled.
“Much of the time the celebrity has had professional tooth whitening and their white smiles are not a direct result of using the product.
“From a whitening perspective, there may be anecdotal evidence of their whitening potential but any effect they have will likely be superficial.
“Many toothpastes which claim to whiten our teeth are simply removing surface stains, and will not offer the long lasting bright white smiles which many users may be looking for, or being promised though advertising.”
New research1 has also suggested there is no robust evidence which currently supports the claims made by many of these increasingly popular products in terms of tooth whitening and, importantly, some products may be actually harmful as they do not contain the effective ingredients to help prevent tooth decay.
Toothpaste needs to contain 1350 to 1,500 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride to actively protect teeth from tooth decay, but many of the current toothpastes which contain activated charcoal fall well below this level and are putting users at an increased risk of tooth decay.
“I would advise consumers to ensure they do their homework before deciding to use a product with activated charcoal,” adds Dr Carter.
“There are many reasons why people want to have whiter teeth, and I advise them to speak with a dental professional to establish what the best option for them individually is.
“Some of the products may be over abrasive and if used too often can wear away the enamel on the teeth causing sensitivity. Be careful to check with a dental professional that the product you want to use is safe, but as long as the toothpaste has the correct amount of fluoride in it should be fine to use.
“But in the long term, it is important to understand that the only way to get the white teeth many people desire is through professional whitening services provided by a dental professional.”
Article Source: Oral Health Foundation
Asthma sufferers have been found to be at a much higher risk of developing gum disease, according to the findings of an innovative new piece of research.
The study, which looked at a selection of 21 papers published between 1979 and 20171, analyzed the relationship between asthma and oral health, with the most recent results from 2017 confirming that people with asthma were almost one fifth (18.8%) more likely to suffer from periodontitis2.
In response, leading charity, the Oral Health Foundation is encouraging asthma sufferers to ensure they pay close attention to their oral health in order reduce their risk of developing gum disease.
Speaking on this important new research, Dr. Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation said: “We have known for some time that there are close links between oral health and systemic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. This new study is hugely significant as it could help many millions of asthma sufferers from having to deal with further significant health problems.
“The good news is that avoiding gum disease can be as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, using interdental brushes daily and regular visits to the dentist. While gum disease can be treated very effectively, the best approach is certainly prevention and making sure we do not fall foul of it at all.
“When not caught and treated early enough gum disease can lead to tooth loss and further oral health complications.
“We are encouraging anybody who suffers from asthma to be especially alert to the early signs of gum disease; which include red inflamed gums, bleeding when brushing your teeth and persistent bad breath, and ensure that you visit your dentist as soon as possible to get checked out and avoid any further problems.
“We welcome more research on this topic, as a greater understanding could be a game-changer in stopping asthma suffers also developing gum disease.”
The findings, published in the journal of ‘Journal of Periodontology’, illustrate a close link between the two diseases and suggest that there is huge potential for millions more people to develop gum disease in the UK, gum disease is already one of the biggest non-communicable diseases (NCD) globally.
According to Asthma UK, 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma3. The UK has some of the highest rates of asthma across Europe.
Anybody wishing to find out more about their oral health, or suffering asthma and feel they may have symptoms of gum disease, can contact the Oral Health Foundation’s Dental Helpline.
The Dental Helpline is staff by fully-qualified dental professionals and gives free, impartial and expert advice on all matters pertaining to oral health.
Article Source: Oral Health Foundation
A study published online in The FASEB Journal delves into the mystifying fact that wounds in your mouth heal faster and more efficiently than wounds elsewhere. Until now, it was understood that saliva played a part in the wound healing process, though the extent of its role was unknown. The study examined the effects of salivary peptide histatin-1 on angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), which is critical to the efficiency of wound healing. Researchers found that histatin-1 promotes angiogenesis, as well as cell adhesion and migration.
“These findings open new alternatives to better understand the biology underlying the differences between oral and skin wound healing,” said Vicente A. Torres, Ph.D., associate professor at the Institute for Research in Dental Sciences within the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. “We believe that the study could help the design of better approaches to improve wound healing in tissues other than the mouth.”
The study involved experiments at three levels: (1) endothelial, or blood vessel-forming, cells in culture, (2) chicken embryos as animal models, and (3) saliva samples obtained from healthy donors. Using these three models, histatin-1 and saliva were found to increase blood vessel formation. Researchers are now taking the next step in this line of study — using these molecules to generate materials and implants to aid in wound healing.
“The clear results of the present study open a wide door to a therapeutic advance. They also bring to mind the possible meaning of animals, and often children, ‘licking their wounds,'”
Article Source: Science Daily
If you have this condition, you may feel exhausted during the day — even after a full night’s rest.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing, or have very shallow breathing, while you sleep.
This pause in breathing can last for seconds or minutes and may occur 30 or more times in an hour.
If you have sleep apnea, you may not know that you’ve stopped breathing during the night. But you may wake up choking or gasping for air.
Sleep apnea episodes can also make you fall out of a deep sleep and into a light sleep, which affects the quality of your rest and may lead to tiredness throughout the day.
The disorder gets its name from the Greek word apnea, which means “without breath.”
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea
This is the most common type of sleep apnea. It happens when muscles in the back of your throat fail to keep the airway open.
Central sleep apnea
In this form of sleep apnea, the brain doesn’t send the proper signals to control breathing while you sleep.
Complex, or “mixed,” sleep apnea syndrome
This condition has characteristics of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a common condition. It affects more than 18 million adults in the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
The organization also estimates that at least 2 to 3 percent of children have sleep apnea.
Many people with the disorder don’t know they have it.
According to the American Association for Respiratory Care, researchers believe that about 10 million Americans have undiagnosed sleep apnea.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
In people with sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs.
This can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as:
- Your throat muscles and tongue relax more than usual.
- Your tonsils and tongue are large compared with the opening of your windpipe.
- You’re overweight, and the extra soft fat tissue thickens the wall of your windpipe, which makes it harder to keep open.
- The shape of your head and neck contribute to a smaller airway size in your mouth and throat area.
- Aging limits your brain’s ability to keep your throat muscles stiff during sleep.
Sleep Apnea Complications
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to many problems, including:
Daytime fatigue and trouble focusing People with sleep apnea are often drowsy, tired, and irritable due to interruptions in nighttime sleep.
Car crashes and other accidents If you have sleep apnea, you’re at higher risk for vehicle and workplace accidents.
Depression and other psychological conditions Not getting adequate sleep can lead to depression or anxiety. Children with sleep apnea may exhibit behavior problems.
High blood pressure or heart problems Sleep apnea can cause drops in blood oxygen levels, which can increase blood pressure and put stress on the cardiovascular system.
This raises your risk for heart rhythm disorders, stroke, and heart attack.
Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes Your chances of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are higher if you have sleep apnea.
Liver disease People with sleep apnea are more likely to develop a nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Difficulties with medications and surgery You’re more likely to experience complications after taking certain medicines or undergoing major surgery because of the breathing problems associated with sleep apnea.
Tell your doctor if you have sleep apnea before having any medical procedure and before taking any new drug.
Memory problems Some people with sleep apnea report an increase in memory difficulties.
Weight gain Untreated sleep apnea may lead to unwanted weight gain.
Metabolic syndrome If you have sleep apnea, you’re more likely to develop a group of related conditions — including high blood pressure, abnormal blood triglycerides or cholesterol, and hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar) — that may predict heart disease and other health problems.
Sexual dysfunction Sleep apnea is linked to impaired sexual function.
Article Source: Everyday Health
We are one groggy, cranky, sleep-deprived population.
Depending on our age, we are supposed to get between seven and 10 hours of sleep each night.
But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of us get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night. In addition, 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and restless leg syndrome, which can ruin a good night’s shuteye.
And we’re not alone. In bedrooms around the globe, men, women, and children are tossing and turning. According to World Sleep Day statistics, sleep deprivation is threatening the health of up to 45% of the world’s population.
Risking life and money
Science has linked poor slumber with high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, weight gain, a lack of libido, mood swings, paranoia, depression and a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, dementia and some cancers.
Car crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and occupational errors also increase as we tire, not to mention a decrease in work productivity and efficiency.
A study by RAND Europe found that the United States loses an estimated $411 billion each year from workers who sleep fewer than six hours a night. That’s about 2.28% of US gross domestic product. Japan comes next, with $138 billion, or 2.92% of GDP, followed by Germany ($60 billion; 1.56% of GDP) and the United Kingdom ($50 billion; 1.86% of GDP).
But guess what would happen if those same people added an hour of pillow time? The US could add $226.4 billion back to the economy, the study said, and Japan would recover $75.7 billion, while Germany and the UK would be blessed with an additional $34.1 and $29.9 billion.
Consequences on your body
Exactly how does a lack of sleep affect the body? There are the obvious signs: irritation, moodiness, dull reflexes and a fuzzy mind. As you can imagine, how those continue to affect us depends on whether the deprivation is short-lived or long-term and chronic.
Studies show that after 17 to 19 hours without sleep, you’ll be functioning as if you’ve been drinking enough to raise your blood alcohol concentration to 0.05%. Skip a full 20 to 25 hours of sleep, and you’ll soon be at 0.1% — well over the US legal driving limit of 0.08.
In other words, a lack of sleep for one night can impair your reflexes and decision-making to the same extent as being over the limit.
But sleeping less than the recommended amount on a regular basis can be almost as bad. A lab-based sleep study found that people who were sleeping fewer than six hours a night for two weeks — and who thought they were doing just fine — functioned as badly on cognitive and reflex tests as people who were deprived of sleep for two full nights.
This is evident in traffic statistics. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that at least 100,000 accidents reported to US police are the result of drowsy driving. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
An unfocused mind
While you sleep, your brain is busy. It’s preparing for the next day, sorting your experiences and making new pathways for learning.
To capture newly acquired information, absorb fresh skills and form key memories — as well as to retrieve them later — you need plenty of sleep time to let your brain do its work. A lack of sleep, therefore, impacts your ability to pay attention, learn new things, be creative, solve problems and make decisions.
A chronic lack of sleep is also closely tied to anxiety and depression, as the body struggles to cope with the stress of sleepiness.
Some studies have found a connection between sleep apnea, a disorder with which you actually stop breathing for up to a minute, and cognitive impairment, and insomnia has been associated with reduced brain size.
There’s even growing evidence that poor sleep early in life can lead to the development of the plaques and tangles that cause Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia.
A study published this month in the journal Brain found that healthy middle-aged adults who slept badly for just one night produced an abundance of the protein beta-amyloid, responsible for the plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s. A week of disrupted sleep upped the amount of tau, another protein responsible for the tangles associated with Alzheimer’s, frontal lobe dementia and Lewy body disease.
If that’s not enough, a study in mice by the University of Pennsylvania found that prolonged periods without sleep actually killed brain cells.
Continued sleep deprivation can also lead to wide swings in mood, increasing paranoia and even hallucinations. The chronically sleep-starved will also become less able to tolerate pain and resist coercion, which makes it one of the military’s favorite tools for torture.
Deep sleep, the kind that comes only after a full cycle, is necessary for the body to release hormones designed to repair cells and build tissue in the body and brain, especially in children and teens.
Unfortunately, although preteens and teens need the most sleep of any age group — at least nine hours a night — they are the least likely to get enough rest.
Early start times for school, combined with today’s technology lures, high stress levels, and late-to-bed habits, are creating a nation of sleep-starved youngsters. Over 90% of US high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, with 20% getting fewer than five hours a night, according to a Sleep in America poll.
According to a study from the CDC, this sets teens up to engage in more risky behavior, such as drinking or texting while driving or not wearing a seatbelt or helmet, compared with those who get at least nine hours a night. Previous studies on teen sleep found that fewer than eight hours a night was also associated with obesity, migraines, substance abuse, lack of exercise, sexual activity, feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide.
The teen sleep problem is so bad that in 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement asking schools across the country to delay the start of middle and high school to no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Even though some schools are heeding that call, the advocacy group Start School Later says that more than four in five start classes earlier than the recommended time.
Studies show that poor sleep leads to an increase in hunger and weight gain. That’s partly due to the connection between sleep and the peptides that regulate your appetite: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin, which makes you hungry, goes up when you don’t get enough sleep. At the same time, leptin, which sends “full” signals to the brain, decreases.
A lack of sleep is known to increase stress, which pumps up the body’s primary stress hormone, cortisol.
Among other things, cortisol helps control blood sugar levels and regulates metabolism. During times of stress, the increased cortisol causes higher insulin levels, which in turn drops your blood sugar and results in cravings for fatty, sugar-filled foods.
Shorter, unhealthier lifespan
Getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night on a regular basis raises your risk of dying. In a longitudinal study of 10,308 British civil servants published in 2007, researchers found that those who reduced their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night were almost twice as likely to die from all causes, especially cardiovascular disease.
Here’s the worst news: As you head toward death, your chances of developing a major disease or medical condition are also much higher if you don’t get enough sleep. That’s because, during sleep, your body is literally repairing and restoring itself on a cellular level.
Studies show a significant association between a lack of sleep and cardiovascular disease. Weight gain can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Your immune system takes a hit, making you more vulnerable to colds, flu and all sort of viruses and other infectious diseases.
It may even mess with your genes. A small study of 15 men looked at the impact of sleep deprivation on “clock genes” that regulate circadian rhythm. They found that the loss of a single night’s sleep could alter those genes in key metabolic tissues. Whether that change is permanent is unknown.
Changing your sleep habits
The good news is that you can do something about your sleep deficit.
You can train your brain to seek better sleep just as you train it to learn and accomplish other skills. One of the first tasks is to set up your sleep environment and establish a relaxing bedtime routine. It’s that repetition that will train your brain to recognize that its time to relax and sleep.
Start with the bedroom. Make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable and the room is cool: Between 60 and 67 degrees is best. Don’t watch TV or work in your bedroom; you want your brain to think of the room as only for sleep.
Be sure to eliminate all bright lights, as even the blue light of cell phones or laptops can be disruptive. If that’s hard to accomplish, think about using eye shades and blackout curtains to keep the room dark.
Try to eliminate disturbing sounds as well. Earplugs or white noise machines can be very helpful, but you can create your own with a humidifier or fan.
During the day, try to get good exposure to natural light, as that will help regulate your circadian rhythm.
Develop a routine
Then, establish a bedtime routine you can follow each night. Taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or doing light stretches are all good options.
Food and drink to avoid
Other suggestions for good sleep include avoiding stimulants such as nicotine or coffee after mid-afternoon, especially if you have insomnia. Alcohol is another no-no. You may think it helps you doze off, but you are more likely to wake in the night as your body begins to process the spirits.
Also avoid rich, fatty foods just before sleep. If you have any digestive issues, eating fried or fatty foods, spicy meals, some citrus, and even carbonated drinks can trigger heartburn and indigestion.
Exercise is key to promoting good sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, as little as 10 minutes a day of walking, biking or other aerobic exercises can “drastically improve nighttime sleep quality.”
Follow all these steps, and you’ll be well on your way to closing your sleep deficit and improving your health.
Article Source: CNN
This holiday season, we’d like to thank our clients for their continued patronage and our team for another year of good work. May this holiday season be filled with much joy, happiness, and memories for you and yours.
We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to make your smile even brighter this past year. We look forward to working with you again in 2018. So here’s wishing you and yours a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous holiday season and new year filled with promise and prosperity!
In Short yes! If you don’t use all of your dental insurance benefits this year, you lose them forever! That’s right – no dental benefit plan we know of allows you to carry unused benefits over to the following year so don’t let those remaining benefits go to waste!
Here are 5 reasons to use your dental benefits before the end of the year:
1. Yearly Maximums
Your dental plan gives you a maximum of what can be spent on your dental care on an annual basis. This amount varies between insurance companies, and averages around $1500 per person per year. These maximums are typically reset at the end of the year, and if you have unused benefits, they will be forfeited.
The deductible is the amount of money that you pay out of pocket before your benefits begin to take effect. The fee varies between insurance companies and could be higher if you prefer to see a dentist that is out of your network. When your plan rolls over, you are required to pay your deductible again to start taking advantage of your benefits.
If you are paying for dental benefits, you should be taking advantage of them! This sounds simple, but there are many people that do not exercise their benefits and let the insurance company take that money away from you, and put it straight into their own pockets.
4. Fee Increases
Another reason to use your benefits now is that it is always possible that fees will be raised to accommodate the cost of living or increased material costs. An increase in fees can also raise your copay for the treatment.
5. Dental problems do not get better over time
By delaying treatment, you may be opening the door for more extensive treatment to be needed in the future. What may be a simple cavity now can turn into a root canal, crown or extraction/implant down the road and cost you thousands. Treat your teeth with care now, and they will thank you for it in the long run.
If you have been postponing dental treatment, call our office today to see if you have any benefits remaining this year. We also have various financing options available to help with any portion that is not covered by your dental insurance. If you have no dental needs at this time, good for you! Please just accept this as a reminder that we are concerned with keeping your out-of-pocket dental costs to a minimum.
We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. We look forward to brightening your smile in the new year. Thank you for your support.
From your friends at Quince Orchard Dental Care, Happy Thanksgiving!