Use Or Lose?

It is hard to believe but 2013 is almost over. Now is the time to get any dental treatments done that you may have been holding off on. Your dental insurance plan sets a maximum on the amount of money they will pay each year. Although, maximums vary from one plan to another the average yearly maximum is $1,000. If you don’t use your benefits you will lose them. They cannot be carried over to the next year.

Contact your dental insurance company or our office to find out the amount of your remaining dental benefits. Even if you don’t need extensive dental treatments, you should use the benefit for an examination and prophylaxis (cleaning) to prevent them in the future. Routine visits can detect early problems like gum disease or oral cancer.

Another reason to use your dental benefits before December 31st is possible coverage changes. Some insurance companies make changes to the benefits they provide, which could include increased co-pays and changes in covered procedures.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

2 Free Cleanings A Year…..

The Big selling point for most dental insurance policies is that policyholders and their dependents will receive two free cleanings per year, but is that really the case? In short the answer is no, while many insurance companies reimburse for preventative and diagnostic services at 100%, the amount paid for these services is not subject to the plan deductible, but is deducted from the yearly maximum.

That’s right dental insurance policies have yearly maximums as well as deductibles that apply to most services. The typical dental policy allows for $1000-1500 yearly maximum, once that amount is paid there are no more payments made for the year; this includes any payment for dental hygiene services, or treatment to other providers such an endodontist or oral surgeons. In addition most policies have a $50-100 deductible that must be satisfied prior to reimbursement on the insurance company’s part. Once the deductible is satisfied the insurance company will pay a percentage of the cost for a service up to the yearly maximum, most companies reimburse at the rate of 80% for basic restorations such as fillings and simple extractions, and 50% for major services such as crowns, root canals and dentures. The percentages are usually paid based on the reasonable and customary amounts for the area, but may be paid on the employer’s fee schedule. These amounts are determined by your insurance company and vary depending on the insurance company and policy.

There are also exclusions and limitations that apply to dental policies, for instance many companies do not provide benefits for initial replacement of a tooth that was missing prior to coverage with their company.

The bottom line is dental insurance is helpful, but it does not cover everything, and as the old saying goes “the best things in life are free” unfortunately that does not include dental cleanings.

What is Cerec?

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics also know as Cerec . Cerec is a dental restoration product that allows your dentist to produce an indirect ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies (CAD). A Cerec procedure offers many benefits. Patients are able to have single visit appointments that offer beautiful esthetics with no temporaries or uncomfortable impression trays. Cerec can be used for simple fillings as well as an alternative for traditional crowns and veneers.

After examining your tooth your dentist can determine if a Cerec restoration is right for you. Following the preparation, the tooth will be coated with a safe tasteless powder which allows the Cerec digital 3D camera to capture images of your teeth. This replaces a traditional impression.

CAD software allows your dentist or assistant to design your restoration chairside. Once the design process is complete a milling unit is able to create your restoration from a solid block of porcelain. This process can take 5-10 minutes to complete. Your dentist will then fit, bond, and polish your new restoration. Your tooth is then restored to it’s natural form and function!

 

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Ashleigh Sullivan- Dental Assistant

 

How Diabetes Affects Your Dental Health

There is a higher risk in gum disease in people who have diabetes. It also weakens the ability to battle germs and bacteria that forms in your mouth. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s critically important that you let your dentist know of your condition, as the disease can have a negative impact on your oral health.

Most common dental problems associated with diabetes:

  • Increased tooth decay
  • Increase in severity of gum disease
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fungal Infections
  • Delayed healing

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes these are a few reasons to maintain routine checkups regularly with your dentist.

 

Facebook Referral Contest

Evans Dental Group will be running a contest from September 1st– September 30th to increase the number of “LIKES” we have on our Facebook page.  The person who refers the most “LIKES” to our page will win a FREE in office ZOOM! whitening session.

HOW TO ENTER:

To enter the referral contest you need to “LIKE” the Evans Dental Group, LLC page. Once you are on the page you need to use the “invite your friends to like this page” option, or under the * at the top right of the page you can click “share” and it will post a link to our page on your timeline with a description box you can use to encourage your friends to “LIKE” our page. To receive credit for the people you refer you must encourage them to post on our wall that you sent them. The person who gets the most people to “LIKE” our page and leave a comment wins the in office ZOOM! whitening session. The winner will be announced October 1st.

 

If you have any questions please email them to info@evansdentalgroup.com

Dance Your Way To The Dentist

I’ve been a hygienist here at Evans Dental Group now for 5 years, and being a General Practice, we see a variety of patients from the young to the young at heart. I enjoy the different relationships that this brings, and especially enjoy introducing our youngest clients to the dental world for their first time. It can perhaps be the most important visit to the dentist they’ll ever have, since it sets the tone for how the dentist is perceived for the rest of their life. Think about it… do you remember your first visit? Or is it something you wish you could forget? Were you going for a checkup, or were you going because you or your parent thought something was wrong? How did that shape how you felt every visit after that?

Well, I don’t remember bit by bit what happened my first visit, but what I do remember is friendly faces, a dentist and hygienist that made me laugh, and getting to pick something out of a treasure box because I was a good girl. I have enjoyed the dentist ever since. No, I wasn’t particularly crazy about the polishing (it tickled!), and the fluoride was sooo strong, but that was okay because my overall experience was a pleasant one. Perhaps I owe a lot of credit to my mom as well. She made sure to teach myself and my siblings at home a regular home care regimen, and enforced it, even when we put up a fight. My mom would take us every six months and tried to tell us ahead of time about our appointment (usually a day or two before). This went a long way. Whether she realized it or not, she was instilling value in us for our oral health, just by helping to create healthy habits in a positive environment at home.

I wish that every child had a similar dental experience as I did, but sadly this isn’t the case. Did you know it’s been estimated that up to 80% of adults deal with some form of dental fear or anxiety? Unfortunately, in many of the cases I’ve encountered, the anxiety began as a young child and in some, way before they were born. I know that sounds a little puzzling, but it’s true. You see, your child’s dental experience actually begins with you. Did you know that our children watch everything we do? From the actual things we say, to our body language, to even what we don’t like or want to do? Have you ever noticed that many of the things that bother or scare us actually scare our children as well? Like giant roaches, snakes, or the sight of blood? Well, they do! Even the slightest uneasiness about a dental appointment speaks volumes to them.

If you’re one of those that suffer from dental anxiety yourself, or you have a child that suffers, then dental appointments can be daunting to say the least. I’ve put together a list of some tips to help make the most of your child’s dental appointment-whether it’s their first or tenth. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even pick up a few tips for yourself!

Dance your way to the dentist!
Okay maybe you don’t really have to dance, but be enthusiastic! Talk about how clean everything will feel they’re done, how comfy our chair is, or the “ride” that they can go on in the chair. You know your child and what gets them excited, so be creative.

Be honest about where you’re going.
If they feel like they can’t trust you, then they’re not likely to trust us when we tell them how careful we’ll be.

Help them relax.
Let them bring their favorite stuffed animal, doll, toy… well, you get the picture. If music helps put them at ease, then let them bring their mp3 player and head phones. Don’t forget our very own personal television in every operatory, specifically for their viewing and listening pleasure.

Lead by example.
Let them come with you to one of your hygiene visits. Bring someone they trust to sit with them and keep them entertained. This is also a great opportunity to introduce them to some of our equipment. Once they see that you have survived they’ll be more willing to give it a try themselves.

If at all possible, don’t let their first visit be due to a suspected issue or pain. Be proactive.
If something is in fact wrong, then their first impression is going to be affected by the fact that they have to have extra work done. Give them the opportunity to have a fun first impression and to be proud of their smile.

Monitor how other siblings, family members, or friends discuss their own dental visits.
We all know how others can be-especially older siblings. Be sure to debunk any myths or stories that may scare them, and try to prevent them in the future.

Be consistent.
If taking care of their mouth is all they can remember doing, then they’re more likely to continue it throughout their lifetime as well. You’re preparing them for their future! The American Dental Association recommends dental hygiene cleanings every six months to help prevent dental problems, as well as to detect issues when they are small. Did you know that many cavities can be prevented just through regular dental exams and cleanings? Our professional fluoride treatments can actually penetrate the softened, pre-cavity tooth structure and reverse the damage if caught early enough. How cool is that?

BE POSITIVE!!!!!!!!
Even if you suffer from dental anxiety yourself-don’t let them know! Help break the cycle of anxiety in your family by providing a positive atmosphere for your child and giving them the opportunity to formulate their own opinion and experience.

By taking the time to work on these points and setting an example, you are empowering your child to take care of themselves and giving them the tools to take charge of their smile. If you ask me, that is definitely worth dancing your way to the dentist. We’ll even provide the music!

Brittni Ridgeway R.D.H

Sonicare Flexcare Platinum

We are now carrying the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum. It has a pressure sensor that alerts you when you are brushing too hard. There are 3 intensity levels with 3 brushing modes. The brush can last up to 3 weeks between charges. When you purchase the brush from your dental office it will have a two year warranty. We are selling them for $88.00 and we can provide you with a $10.00 rebate.

See video demonstration here:

Have questions? Send us an email.

What is a panorex x-ray and why are they important?

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A Panorex is much like a panoramic picture; it provides a full view of the entire oral cavity. The Panorex is one x-ray that provides a picture of all of your teeth and the surrounding bones. it can detect potential problems other x-rays cannot. A Panorex is an excellent way for your dentist to check for problems such as:

  • Early detection of oral cancer, tumors and cysts
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth and jaw development
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Sinus problems
  • Dental restorations

In our office we use a digital panorex x-ray , meaning less radiation than traditional x-rays. With all the benefits of a Panorex x-ray, why would you not have one taken?

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is used to straighten your teeth or close spaces. The Invisalign system uses a set of clear retainers that you take in and out when eating, brushing, and flossing. Most people are not aware that you are wearing them. You get a new set of retainers every 2 weeks, most cases take 12-14 sets of trays. The Invisalign system is used for esthetics and for patients with periodontal issues. Once your teeth are in proper alignment they will be easier to keep clean and healthy. Some patients think they are too old for straight teeth, but we have numerous older patients who have achieved great results with the Invisalign system. Not only will you have a beautiful smile but a healthier smile.

Lisa Phelps – Dental Assistant

Pregnancy and Dental Work

Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventative dental cleanings and exams are not only safe but recommended during pregnancy. The rise in hormone levels during this time causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums. To avoid infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth, preventative work is essential.

If dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns are needed then the second trimester is most ideal. The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work or elective treatments such as teeth whitening or cosmetic procedures until after the birth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that pregnant women eat a balanced diet, brush their teeth with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste 2 x a day, and floss daily.

Laketa Smith, EDA