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Dental Procedures: The “Root” of All Evil?

Your teeth have been killing you, so you head to the dentist to investigate the pain. After your appointment, your dentist gives you the bad news — you have an infected tooth. At this point, it’s safe to say you’re not jumping for joy.

Your dentist will likely give you two treatment options to replace the tooth — a root canal or a dental implant. Torn between which way to treat your compromised tooth? Here’s a quick rundown.

Root Canals:

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Hearing the words “root canal” might as well be the sound of nails on a chalkboard. Root canal procedures get their bad rep because decades ago they were painful. But don’t let that outdated stereotype make you cringe! Today, a root canal is no more dramatic than a routine filling. Local anesthetics have been improved and the instruments used to clean the inside of the tooth are very small. Most root canals can be completed in one visit and are near painless.

During a root canal treatment, your dentist removes the source of your tooth pain, also known as the inflamed pulp. Once the inflamed pulp is removed, the tooth is then cleaned, filled, and sealed.

Dental Implants:

Dental implants had been used for decades with mixed success. Just like root canals, dental implants have come a long way since their breakthrough in the ’60s. In fact, dental implants and root canals yield virtually equal success rates.

Implants require extracting the tooth followed by multiple surgeries to insert a metal post in the jaw and attach a porcelain crown to the post. These surgeries often can take 3 or more visits to complete and can be timely and costly. If your tooth is severely damaged, however, an implant might be the best choice.

In the end, no one procedure is better than the other.

The decision should be based on the complexity of your case, as well as your preference. Make sure to weigh the pluses and minuses with your dentist. No matter what procedure you choose, both options are sure to make your smile last a lifetime.

22 kids books for oral health education

Efforts to improve oral health literacy tend to focus on parents, but raising children’s awareness of oral health is important too. The Maryland Dental Action Coalition and the University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library are teaming up to advance this goal through the power of reading. Just in time for summer reading activities, our organizations have released a recommended list of 22 oral health books for children under the age of seven.

Recognizing that books play an important role in the lives of young children, an interprofessional team was developed to review over 50 children’s books focused on oral health and create a list, including the categories of oral health care, visiting the dentist, and general information about teeth. A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that many low-income parents in Maryland did not know how to advise their children to brush their teeth, were confused about what causes tooth decay, and were uninformed about the importance of fluoride. Our book list will help support increased access to oral health information for children, families, and health professionals—and will help guide those who purchase and utilize children’s books to promote good oral health.

Our reading list includes several books available in Spanish, building on the success of our Spanish-language oral health literacy campaign, Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos (Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids). As a result of the campaign, there were significant improvements in oral health knowledge and behaviors among Spanish-speaking mothers.

For example, books such as “Mouth” and “All About Teeth” provide simple oral health messages for young children, and are available in both English and Spanish. The book, “Brush, Floss, and Rinse” is suitable for a slightly older audience of children (pre-school through 1st grade) and is available in Spanish as well. Additionally, a newer book titled, “Toothful Tales, Becoming Me Cavity Free!” is highly recommended as it’s written to help educate children as well as women (before and during pregnancy), new mothers, parents, and caregivers.

In addition to increasing access to oral health information by the public and raising awareness about the importance of good oral health, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages reading aloud with young children as one of the most effective ways to enrich language and encourage early literacy skills needed to promote school readiness. Regular reading, early conversations, and play activities around books increase parent-child interaction and strengthen these relationships, which are essential to a child’s development.

Child-serving organizations, health care professionals, educators, and families can access the list online at http://guides.hshsl.umaryland.edu/dentistry/DentalBooksForChildren. The website provides additional information including a “key” that identifies specific information included in each book and additional comments from the review team. Books available in Spanish are listed in a separate category. Visitors can also suggest a book to be reviewed, send a comment, and request to receive updates as the project continues.

Moreover, the “Spread the Word” section allows visitors to share how they have used the book list, the library’s subject guide, or specific books on the list, as well as share tweets, newsletter mentions, photos, and so on. To learn more about this project, visit www.mdac.us.

This guest blog post was written by Katy Battani, Health Education Coordinator at the Maryland Dental Action Coalition, and Mary Ann Williams, Research, Education and Outreach Librarian at the Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore. For Delta Dental Colorado

What’s happening with Health Insurance

Health insurance has been such a huge topic for years now. When Obamacare happened you were either for it or totally against it. Without a doubt, ACA helped a lot of people but the long-term effects are still to be seen. The big question is what now? So many carriers pulling out rates rocketing.  Due to the ever-changing nature of the new healthcare law, staying up to date on the latest ObamaCare news is a must. For some people, it was a big relief to find out that a lot of states extended the deadline for this year and for others the deadline could be extended for months and still simply wouldn’t be able to afford the rates being offered even with subsidies. Not to mention there are many reports stating that individuals are not using the exchange market due to their carriers not participating and many don’t want to loose a doctor due to a network change. No matter your situation in one way or another all these new healthcare laws and changes somehow effect you and for most, it’s not in a good way. You hear more and more every day about those who would like to see the Obamacare Care be repealed. Those who want to repeal ObamaCare due to being upset with the cost or the mandate should think carefully about why guaranteed coverage for preexisting conditions matters. Not to mention healthcare providers across the nation are unsure of whether they will be able to survive an abrupt repeal of Obamacare without a comprehensive replacement. Either way it’s definitely something to stay up to date on. There are a few sites that can help you do that and I have listed them below!

http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-news/

http://www.usnews.com/topics/subjects/health_insurance

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/categories/health_insurance

Of course there are hundreds but these seem to cover a lot of the facts!

 

Medicare and Lack of Dental Coverage

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Did you know that despite popular belief straight medicare doesn’t actually cover your dental?

Medicare’s dental coverage is limited. If you have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), you won’t be covered for most dental services and supplies, including:

  • Dental exams
  • Routine cleanings
  • Fillings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dentures and dental implants

That’s pretty much everything you would need to have done on a bi-annual basis that has to be paid out of pocket. Medicare.gove states that ” Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) will pay for certain dental services that you get when you’re in a hospital. Part A can pay for if you need to have emergency or complicated dental procedures, even though the dental care isn’t covered.”

So unless you’re hospitalized or it is an emergency procedure you’re simply left to cover it on your on. Not to mention each year the amount of money you get for being on medicare decreases ad the cost of living and these procedures continues to rise. I hear a lot of time people say they don’t need dental or they have had all the work they need already and they brush. The truth is everyone needs to take care of their dental needs but Risk for certain conditions, including gum disease and oral cancer, increases with age. Oral health is often strongly connected with overall well-being and should be maintained with daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular cleanings and oral exams. Early signs of other conditions, such as diabetes and cancer, are often first identified at the dentist’s office.

There are options out there such as Medicare Advantage plans that most often only cover minimal basic services and can be pricey so make sure to do your research and be sure that you and your loved ones are covered!

Pregnancy and Your Teeth

Pregnant woman at dentist before treatment
Pregnant woman at dentist before treatment

If you are pregnant or considering becoming a mom your oral health shouldn’t be overlooked. A healthy mouth reduces your risk of gum disease and other pregnancy conditions. Pregnant women with gum disease face a higher risks of pre-term delivery and low birth weight.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  •  Brush and floss twice daily.
  • Visit your dentist during your first trimester.
  • Eat well balanced meals that include vitamins A, C, D and phosphorous.
  • Avoid routine and elective x-rays during pregnancy.

For more info click here or head to  mysmileway.com

 

 

How to Brush

How to Brush Your Teeth

Flashing your best, most healthy smile means brushing well and often. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth twice a day for dental hygiene and to help promote dental health. Make the most of that time by giving your brushing technique a refresher.

Tooth Brushing Technique

You’ve been brushing your teeth your whole life, but are you getting the most from your efforts? The following technique will help you get the most thorough clean.

  1. On the outer and inner surfaces, brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle in short half-tooth-wide strokes against the gum line.
  2. On chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth.
  3. On inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with tip of brush.
  4. Brush the tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth.

Heres some Videos to help out 🙂

 

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    Rosanna Jones who works for N. A. F. M. D. As a customer service, I believe she is a very good assest to this co and derisive recognition for the hospital and help she gives to others.
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Thank you so much (Customer Service Rep),
I would like to tell you, you are a great asset to the company, taking time to walk me thru my options and you were extremely patient.
I will keep your email and let you know if I need anything.
Again much thanks

Best

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Testimonial -Customer Service – Carolyn Morris Texas, United States

On behalf of my father Leo Breed and myself (his daughter) Carolyn Morris, I would like to commend your Cust. Service Rep. for her outstanding service provided to my father in assisting him with dental charges that were misrepresented by his dental provider. Always diligent in responding and consistent with follow-up.