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Share of Cost – Preventing Tooth Loss.

Saturday, Nov. 26th 2022 6:19 AM

In a prior post we talked about the signs and causing factors of tooth loss, and how with a long-term commitment you can prevent tooth loss from happening. Yet even with all the warning signs given prior to tooth loss, sometimes people do not go to the dentist regularly or refuse to go even if a tooth hurts because they are afraid of pain associated with fixing problems or think they do not have the money to pay for treatments.

Unfortunately, putting off dental treatment can only make the problem worse and you may ultimately face tooth loss if you ignore symptoms or skip your regular dental checkups. Dental prevention starts at home and continues at your dental office.

The best way to prevent tooth loss is to practice good dental health habits, which include brushing and flossing regularly. You should also see your dentist at least once every six months and make an appointment as soon as possible if you experience tooth pain or other problems with your teeth.

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Share of Cost – Understanding and Preventing Tooth Loss.

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd 2022 5:41 AM

Your adult teeth should last you a life time. However preventing tooth loss means making a long term commitment to your dental healthcare.  Such as making healthy dental and diet choices, maintaining good dental habits and seeing your dentist for regular dental check ups.

Although there are several reasons that adults may lose their teeth. The most common reasons involve a combination of poor oral hygiene and dietary habits. Gum Disease a main factor in tooth loss, yet it is important to understand that poor dental hygiene is a causing factor to gum disease as well as dental decay (cavities).

In addition to poor oral hygiene habits, many people eat/drink a lot of candy, soda or other sugary snacks. Which can lead to tooth loss because sugar contributes to tooth decay, especially if you do not brush your teeth after eating. Other causing factors to tooth loss include smoking or chewing tobacco, grinding and clenching your teeth.

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Share of Cost – What type of dentist should I see for TMJ?

Saturday, Nov. 19th 2022 5:22 AM

I may be having TMJ issues. My jaw seems to be making popping and cracking noises and when I wake up in the morning my jaw is sometimes sore. What type of doctor do I need to see for this issue.

Answer: The temporo mandibular joint, or TMJ pain syndrome is a very common medical problem, and symptoms typically include pain in the joint, especially when chewing. There may also be trouble opening the mouth wide in more severe cases. TMJ pain syndrome is most often picked up and evaluated initially by your dentist. 

Therefore a dentist is a good place to start if you have not seen anyone about this issue.  A dentist will be able to determine if you do have TMJ and either start treating you or refer you out to a specialist such as an Orthodontic dentist.

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Share of Cost, Dry Socket.

Wednesday, Nov. 16th 2022 2:08 PM

After having a tooth removed such as a wisdom tooth dry socket can occur when the blood clot for the healing process becomes dislodged or does not form.  When that happens, the bone and fine nerve ending are exposed to air, liquids and foods.  This will delay the healing process and can be very painful.  One should see a dentist right away if you suspect you may have dry socket

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Share of Cost – Toothpaste

Monday, Nov. 14th 2022 10:07 AM

There is no need for toothpaste to be used initially on babies.  However, for toddlers who want to imitate their parents, use only a tiny amount of non-fluoridated paste (amount smaller than a pea, since infants and toddlers often swallow toothpaste).

Keep using the non-fluoridated variety until your child can spit it all out, because swallowing too much fluoride can cause fluorosis, a discoloration of future permanent teeth.

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Share of Cost – Preventing Periodontal Disease

Wednesday, Nov. 9th 2022 9:45 AM

Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However periodontal disease is preventable and even reversible in it early stages. One main reason why periodontal disease is a problem among older adults is because it can progress slowly and painlessly over time and go undetected. Yet with careful oral hygiene and regular dental visits perodontal disease can be controlled and prevented.

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Share of Cost – Seniors Have Special Dental Care Needs

Sunday, Nov. 6th 2022 6:40 AM

While many seniors citizens are keeping their natural teeth longer they may have more complex dental care need to consider than previous generations. Due to increasing age comes the likelihood that more medications are being taken to chronic disease such as diabetes.

Due to that it is important for the elderly to inform their dental professionals of any changes or updates in their medical history to ensure safe and effective dental care treatment.

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Dentures and Dental Visits – Share of Cost

Thursday, Nov. 3rd 2022 5:24 AM

Many people with a full dentures may feel there is no reason to see a dentist since they no longer have teeth.  However it is still important to maintain your regular dental visits even if you no longer have your natural teeth.  The dentist will still be able to examine your mouth to check for any problems with the gum ridges, the tongue and joints of the jaw, as well as screen for oral cancer.  Also there may be times when you dentures will need to be adjusted or alined in order to maintain proper fit.

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Flexible Dental Coverage for Your Family – SOC

Monday, Oct. 31st 2022 3:25 PM

Dental HMO insurance plans are low cost dental plans that will normally fit into most budgets. HMO dental insurance plans are able to provide dental coverages without a lot of limitations, thus making them more flexible then many dental PPO or Free choice of provider plans. Dental HMO plan offer affordable dental care without the hassle of claim filing. In many HMO dental plans preventive dental care is free and normally there is not any waiting periods for larger dental services.

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Share of Cost – Low Income Seniors Citizen 

Thursday, Oct. 27th 2022 4:20 PM

I am on a very fixed budget and I live in California.  I need around $2000.00 worth of dental work but I do not have dental insurance and Medicare is not helping with my dental care needs. 

Reply: I suggest buying a low cost dental HMO plan. Under an HMO plan dental services are schedule show the cost for each covered dental treatment. This way you can compare cost of services you will need and know how much the plan will save you based on what you been told you needed.  We offer many good HMO dental insurance plan options please call our member service line at 310-534-3444 if you have any questions.

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Share of Cost – Gum Disease and Blood Pressure

Monday, Oct. 24th 2022 4:18 PM

Research shows that periodontitis, severe gum disease, is linked to higher blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals. This study of 500 adults with and without gum disease found that approximately 50% of adults could have undetected hypertension. Promotion of good oral health could help reduce gum disease and the risk of high blood pressure and its complications.

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Share of Cost – Flossing

Monday, Oct. 24th 2022 3:38 PM

While there are few studies available that specifically examined toothbrushes or floss alone, both are still essential. Floss is especially useful to remove interdental plaque for people who have tight space between their teeth. Floss also likely reduces the risk for cavities that from between the teeth.

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Share of Cost – Brushing Your Teeth with an Electric Powered Toothbrush

Friday, Oct. 21st 2022 3:21 PM

Researchers found that an electric-powered toothbrushes are no more effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis than a basic toothbrush.

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Share of Cost – Brushing Your Teeth

Tuesday, Oct. 18th 2022 1:56 PM

Tooth brushing is the cornerstone of daily oral hygiene and is a reliable way to control dental plaque, according to the research, interdental brushes and water picks performed better than other interdental oral hygiene devices at reducing gingivitis, and both should be used in combination with daily tooth brushing to prevent gum disease.

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Share of Cost – Dental Care Plans

Friday, Oct. 14th 2022 12:06 PM

Seniors have may dental insurance options finding the best plan for your needs is made easier on our website. We provide a broad range of dental insurance plan types such as HMO, PPO and Indemnity dental insurance plans. In addition we also provide dental discount plans as a low cost dental alternative.

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Share of Cost – Understanding How Acid Damages Teeth

Monday, Oct. 10th 2022 11:55 AM

New technique helps researchers understand how acid damages teeth. The University of Surrey and the School of Dentistry at the University of Birmingham have developed a new technique to improve understanding of how acid damages teeth at the microstructural level.

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