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5 Time-Saving Oral Health Hacks

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, June 18, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

 

With every June comes Father’s Day – the perfect time to recognize just how much dads do for their kids. Our gift to fathers this year is a list of five time-saving oral health hacks that can make things a little bit easier for dads on the go.

 

Keep oral health supplies in your car.
Stock up with travel-size toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, healthy snacks and water bottles. Choose mouth-healthy foods that don’t spoil easily like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, beef jerky and almonds. It’s also good to keep a set of oral health supplies in your desk at work in case you need to freshen your breath before a meeting or to get that piece of lettuce out of your teeth after lunch.

Chew sugar-free gum.
Indulged in a sweet treat, but don’t have time to brush afterward? This hack can tide you over until you find a couple spare minutes. Pop in a piece of sugar-free gum after eating sweet or stinky foods. The gum will wash away food particles by increasing saliva and help protect tooth enamel by reducing acid levels.17

Find out if you’re brushing correctly.
The next time you have a dental appointment, ask your dentist or hygienist what parts of your mouth could use more attention during your oral health care routine. Or stop by the store to pick up plaque disclosing tablets. By chewing on a disclosing tablet, plaque that you missed will turn a bright color, so you know where to pay extra attention when you brush.

Eat “detergent foods” after meals or as midday snacks.
No, these have nothing to do with laundry. Detergent foods are crunchy, fiber-rich foods that can partially remove plaque while you chew. They also increase saliva flow to wash away leftover food particles. Some great options to choose are raw carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and apples.

The best hack of all: Avoiding costly and time-consuming dental procedures by practicing good oral health habits daily.
Make sure to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day and visit the dentist regularly

 

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17http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD20

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Costs for whitening your pearly whites

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, June 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

 

Need to prep your smile for a big summer event? Take a look at the most common whitening methods from least to most expensive.

Whitening toothpaste can often be purchased for under $202 and will take two to six weeks to show a noticeable difference. This method works by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. Since whitening toothpastes don’t alter the natural color of your teeth or lighten stains that go deeper than the tooth’s surface, the effects won’t be as significant as other methods.3

Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels usually fall between $104 and $1005 and can take 10 to 14 days to whiten teeth.6 The bleaching agents used for these products are weaker than those used by dentists, so they require longer application times than professional whiteners to achieve similar effects.7 Each product will be applied differently based on the instructions included in the package.

At-home whitening trays typically cost between $150 and $600 and take full effect in one to four weeks.8 Your dentist will customize a bleaching tray for you to take home and wear as instructed. The bleaching tray looks somewhat like a retainer or mouth guard in which peroxide-based bleaching gel or paste is contained during the whitening process.9 You may wear it overnight or during the day for several hours at a time.10

In-office bleaching can cost between $500 and $1,000 and normally takes less than two hours.11 The process is completed painlessly at the dentist’s office. After applying a bleaching agent, your dentist may also use light, heat or both to enhance the whitening effect. Depending on your situation, you may need to complete more than one session.12

Before choosing a whitening method, consult with your dentist to determine the best option for you. Whiteners may not work on all teeth. For example, teeth with porcelain crowns and composite fillings won’t whiten along with your natural teeth, so their color may no longer match. Your dentist can also advise on the safety of your intended method.13 After or during your whitening process, you may experience a temporary increase in teeth sensitivity. Talk to your dentist if this happens to you.

 

 

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SOURCES

2https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Health-Personal-Care-Toothpaste/zgbs/hpc/3778371
3https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/whitening-toothpaste/faq-20058411
4https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#2
5https://www.consumersearch.com/teeth-whitening
6https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#2
7https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
8https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#2
9https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
10http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21546
11https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
12http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21546
13Oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21297

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How Dental Coverage Changes When You Get Married

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, June 4, 2018

June can be a great time to schedule a wedding. That means it’s also a good time to learn what can happen to your dental benefits when you get married.

 

When it comes to your dental coverage, marriage is considered a “qualifying life event.” After a qualifying life event, you can make changes to your dental plan within a specified amount of time. If your change isn’t requested in time, you may have to wait for open enrollment – the window of time when you can make changes to your dental coverage.1 Check your dental coverage to see when the adjustment will take effect.

In the period during which you can make a change, you have a couple options. You can choose to keep your coverage as is, become a dependent under your spouse’s plan or make your spouse a dependent under your plan. If one party does become a dependent, they have the option to keep their current coverage or discontinue it. If you choose to be covered under both plans, you have what is known as “dual coverage.” The plan that covered you originally is the primary plan and the plan that covers you as a dependent is the secondary. The primary plan will pay its portion first and the secondary plan will act as a supplement.

Depending on what you choose, you may need to make a coverage update.
For coverage obtained through employers, HR departments of both parties will need to make the requested change and update you and your spouse’s personal information. If you don’t receive coverage through an employer, you can reach out directly to your dental plan provider.

In the case that you decide not to switch your dental plan but change your last name, you will still need to contact your HR department or benefits provider to update your information. When updates have been made, you may want to request a new insurance card for your next appointment.

By knowing your options ahead of time, you can take some stress off your plate as you prepare for the big day.

 

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1http://fortune.com/2017/11/01/obamacare-open-enrollment-questions-answers/

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Myth vs. Fact: Pregnant Women and Dental Care

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, May 21, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018

The list of “dos and don’ts” for pregnant women is long – and sometimes contradictory. For example, you may have heard that pregnant women should postpone any dental work until after the baby arrives, but waiting to get infections taken care of can actually cause more damage. Here’s the truth behind that myth and three others.

Myth: Pregnant women should avoid dental work.
Fact: It’s very important for expecting mothers to get dental work taken care of – lingering dental infections can harm the health of both the baby and the mother.11 Dentists usually recommend the second trimester for pregnant women who need work requiring topical or local anesthetics. Expecting mothers should still contact the dentist when experiencing oral health problems, regardless of the trimester.12

Myth: A pregnant woman’s oral health has nothing to do with her baby’s overall health.
Fact: Some evidence shows that women with generalized moderate-to-severe periodontal disease may be at higher risk for delivering pre-term, low-birth weight babies.13 Because of increased hormones, it’s also common for pregnant women to develop “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues characterized by redness, swelling, tenderness and bleeding. Professional cleanings will help keep conditions like this in check, which is why Delta Dental’s Enhanced Benefits program covers additional cleanings for pregnant members.14

Myth: Pregnant women should not have dental X-rays taken.
Fact: Because the amount of radiation in dental X-rays is extremely low, it’s fine to take dental X-rays
when necessary15 to help identify potentially harmful dental issues that need immediate treatment. Although the radiation is minimal, the dentist will take precautions to make sure the pregnant woman is
properly covered with a lead apron and collar.

Myth: Morning sickness isn’t any fun but it doesn’t actually do any harm.
Fact: Over time, exposure to stomach acid from repeated vomiting can dissolve tooth enamel. Pregnant women who suffer from extreme morning sickness should discuss their symptoms with their
dentist, who may offer a solution to lessen harmful effects on tooth enamel, such as rinsing with baking soda to neutralize the acid.16

 

 

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11http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD123
12http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD123
13http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD36
14https://www.deltadentalil.com/assets/docs/Enhanced_Benefits/EBP_Summary.pdf
15http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD123
16http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,delta132

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Why Dental Plans Are So Valuable

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, May 14, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018

You’re no doubt aware that dental coverage saves you money. Dental benefits prevent you from paying the full cost of many dental procedures, and often completely cover the cost of exams and other preventive services. But dental benefits have value beyond just dollars and cents.

For example, your dentist screens for a number of diseases at every appointment – and you may not even realize it’s happening. From oral cancer to diabetes, over 120 diseases and health problems5 have symptoms that appear in the mouth. Early detection of these issues means they can be treated early, which usually results in the best outcome for the patient, minimizing the impact both physically and financially.

But that’s not the only way your oral health can affect your overall health. Studies show that people with dental benefits are more likely to visit the dentist, and people who visit the dentist regularly are more likely to report good overall health versus those who don’t keep regular dental appointments.6

Of course, dental benefits also save you money. Benefits are designed to help minimize out-of-pocket costs – and using an in-network dentist will help keep those costs even lower. A network dentist is one who has agreed to provide services at pre-established fees that are lower than what they would usually charge. They also agreed to not “balance bill” patients, meaning they won’t charge patients the difference between the pre-established fee and their usual fee.7

Dental benefits can result in great cost savings for members — but the value is much more than just monetary. Dental benefits can also impact overall health while providing peace of mind— and that value is priceless.

 

Interested in learning more about ASBA's exclusive dental and vision plans for members? Contact Ashley Vizzerra for a quote today!

 

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SOURCES

5Journal of the American Dental Association, Vol 134, No suppl_1, 41S-48S. 2003.
6Delta Dental Oral Health & Well-Being Survey
7Why Dental is Different, p6

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