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Pregnant

Pregnant? Time to Visit Your Dentist.

Are you pregnant or planning to have children soon? Now, more than ever, would be an ideal time to visit your dentist.

The American Dental Association recommends that all expectant mothers receive dental care and maintain good oral hygiene throughout their pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a crucial time to maintain oral health as it is directly related to you and your baby’s overall health. Dental issues have been linked to premature delivery, gestational diabetes, intrauterine growth restriction and preeclampsia.

But even with your current, normal dental care routine, some expectant mothers will be more prone to developing oral problems. One of these is called pregnancy gingivitis, which happens to cause inflammation of the gums that can cause excessive bleeding and tenderness. To avoid more serious forms of the disease, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during pregnancy.

Also while pregnant, many women can accumulate more tooth decay and cavities. And because morning sickness can increase the amount of acid your teeth are exposed to, your enamel can diminish and cause even further damage.

Lastly, some women experience overgrowths of tissue on their gums. These are called pregnancy tumors and they usually occur during the second trimester. These red, raspberry looking growths are not cancerous and are thought to be related to too much plaque. Usually they will disappear after delivery.

Although things like sensitive gums and a strong gag reflex can discourage women from brushing twice a day, it’s important to stick with a good oral hygiene routine, including regular dental exams. So schedule your next dental visit, and be sure to let your dentist know you are pregnant as treatments may be postponed until after your pregnancy.

Here is to a happy, healthy pregnancy.

Fluoride

True or False? The Truth About Fluoride

There is a lot of contradicting information put out into the world regarding fluoride, especially when it comes to children’s dental health. Fluoride is a mineral, that occurs naturally in water sources; when used correctly, it can improve early stages of tooth decay. Let’s explore some more facts about fluoride to help you and your children establish a well-rounded oral hygiene routine.

 

Fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent cavities.

A: True. Studies have indicated that fluoride is effective and the most efficient way to prevent tooth decay, one of the most common childhood diseases. Fluoride can be applied directly with toothpaste, mouth rinses or professionally administered with treatments by your dentist.

 

Fluoride protects teeth, makes them stronger from the bacteria that is in the food and beverages we consume.

A: True. As fluoride is absorbed, it provides added protection as it improves and repairs tooth enamel. The minerals that are deposited into your enamel will strengthen teeth, making them to resistant acid and bacteria.

 

Fluoride toothpaste is recommended for babies (with teeth) and toddlers by the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry.

A: True. Stated safe and effective by each of these credible organizations, with the belief that fluoride use will help children have stronger teeth over their lifetime. Unless recommended otherwise by your dentist, the ADA recommends that once the first teeth start coming in, you should start using a fluoride toothpaste.

Guidelines

  • Begin brushing with a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste (a smear, or the size of a rice grain). If they happen to swallow the fluoride, it will only be a small amount.
  • If your child can spit the toothpaste out, you can then use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Ideally, kids should be assisted with brushing their teeth until the age of five or six.

Dental Select Names VP of Sales and Chief Growth Officer

Dental Select is excited to announce two changes to its leadership team – the promotion of Jeff Van Leeuwen to Vice President of Sales and Suzette Musgrove as Chief Growth Officer.

As Vice President of Sales, Van Leeuwen will work closely with and be responsible for all sales employees, building and identifying strategic business opportunities and furthering the advancement of nationwide development. Van Leeuwen will report directly to Brent Williams, President and CEO of Dental Select, who said this change “is an imperative step to position the company for the remarkable growth we anticipate in the next few years.”

As the new Chief Growth Officer, Suzette Musgrove will oversee all business development activities, including key General Agent (GA) partnership opportunities and distribution strategies, and continue to report to Brent Williams. Williams stated that “with her many years of experience at Dental Select and in the industry, I am confident that Suzette’s leadership will accelerate growth efforts as we focus on our commitment to a simpler benefits experience.”

Jeff Van Leeuwen has more than 19 years of experience in the group insurance industry working with employer sponsored and voluntary benefit plans including Dental, Medical, 401(k), Disability, Vision and Life insurance.  Van Leeuwen, a Utah native, received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah and has been an active member of the Utah Association of Health Underwriters since 2001.

Suzette Musgrove has had three decades of professional experience in the dental industry, and she has played a key role in the strategic initiatives and daily operations within Dental Select for nearly 20 years. Musgrove has led the company’s customer care teams, claims, operations, and account administration. Additionally, she has been responsible for the company’s sales and marketing strategies. Musgrove has been a lecturer for the Utah Dental Association, and is a member of both the National Association of Dental Plans and the National Dental Electronic Data Interchange Council.

Unlimited Maximum

New Unlimited Maximum Feature: A Dental Plan Without Annual Limits

As a broker, you’re fully aware that dental plans will typically include an annual maximum. Members understand that hitting this maximum means insurance will stop paying, and anything above this amount becomes their responsibility. No surprises here; this is pretty standard in the industry. On our quest to simplify benefits and deliver an unmatched dental experience, we’re not looking to follow suit and strictly offer what’s “standard” in the industry. So, while your clients depend on you to find a flexible plan for the lowest cost, we’ve decided to offer something different – something better.

Introducing the Unlimited Maximum option, now available with every Dental Select group dental Co-Insurance Plan.1 With no annual maximum benefit limits, employees can be confident they will have the coverage they are looking for. And we’re not talking about discount plans, we’re talking about fully-insured co-insurance plans. By taking the complexity out of the equation, members can forget about tracking their maximums and feel comfortable using their plan benefits when they need them.

So go ahead, tell your clients to look no further. Unlimited Maximums are available in most states. Get a quote for your clients today by emailing quotes@dentalselect.com.

 

1Unlimited Maximum benefits are not available for orthodontia services, which have a $1,000 lifetime maximum.

braces

More Than a Pretty Smile: How Braces Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Just about everyone knows that braces can help accomplish straight, beautiful teeth. But did you know that orthodontic treatment can also improve the health of your teeth and gums? As a matter of fact, they can. So if you’ve been putting off orthodontic treatment, you may want to read on.

Here are three surprising ways that braces will keep you smiling from ear to ear.

1). Straight teeth are in general, healthier.

Think about it, when your teeth are lined up correctly and straight, they are easier to keep clean and maintain. And we all know that good oral hygiene leads to less dental problems.

2). Orthodontic treatment can create a better bite.

Fixing a bad bite (also known as malocclusion) will lead to more effective chewing and even better speech. However, a bad bite can lead to many problems including: tooth decay and gum disease, jaw problems, abnormal wear to enamel, speech problems and tooth loss.

3). Straight teeth are less likely to be injured.

If you have teeth that protrude or stick out, they are more susceptible to trauma. But properly aligned teeth can decrease risk of wear and tear from abrasive grinding.

And if you weren’t convinced just yet, did you know that Dental Select offers individual plans with orthodontic benefits? Check out our individual plan page for more details. Our co-insurance plus plan offers orthodontic coverage at 50% for children 18 and under and a 20% discount for adults. With proper care now, it may actually cost less than more serious dental issues that can develop down the road. And remember, treatment can begin at any age, although it’s ideal to begin orthodontic treatment in younger years.

Cost Estimate

Having a Major Dental Procedure? Request a Cost Estimate Before Your Appointment.

Did you know that you can request a cost estimate for your next dental procedure before you even sit in the chair? We call this a pre-determination of benefits. A pre-determination of benefits is a great way to see what a procedure may cost and how much your dental plan will cover. You can request a pre-determination of benefits through your dentist at any time. Although it is not required, we actually recommend it for major procedures – just to avoid any potential surprises.

Here’s how to request a pre-determination of benefits:

1 – Ask your dentist to submit a pre-determination of benefits for the procedure you are having performed.

2 – They will then submit a request, using an ADA approved claim form. This will be considered a pre-treatment claim that is entered into our system. Our adjudicators will review and process it in the same manner as a claim, less any payment procedures. Dates are not required for a pre-determination, so it’s ok if you don’t have this appointment scheduled yet.

3 – Once the pre-determination has been reviewed (7 – 14 working days), an estimated cost breakdown will be sent to you and your dentist.

Now, you can schedule your next dental procedure with peace of mind, knowing you have a better understanding of what is covered. If you ever have questions about your coverage, feel free to give our customer care department a call at 800-999-9789, and we will happily discuss your plan with you.

Animal dental

True or False? Test Your Knowledge on Animal Dental Facts

Think you know your animals well? Take this fun animal dental quiz and see how much you know. Answer either TRUE or FALSE and see how well you score out of 10.

 

  1. Dogs and cats are born with baby teeth that eventually fall out.

This is TRUE. As dogs grow older, they will have 42 permanent teeth while cats will have 30.

 

  1. Pigs can have 15,000 taste buds.

This is TRUE. And just to give you an idea, humans only have about 9,000. Fun fact: pigs have 44 teeth.

 

  1. The armadillo has 104 teeth.

This is TRUE. Even though their diet consists of small insects and grubs, they do have many teeth. But their peg-like teeth have no enamel, so they aren’t very useful.

 

  1. Snails have more teeth than any animal.

This is TRUE. A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but can have over 25,000 teeth (but these aren’t like regular teeth, they are on its tongue).

 

  1. Dolphins chew food with their teeth.

This is FALSE. Dolphins don’t chew because they don’t have jaw muscles and swallow food whole. And another fun fact: if we aren’t counting snails, dolphins have more teeth than any other animal, some with over 200 teeth.

 

  1. Giraffes have the same number as teeth as humans.

This is TRUE. Giraffes have 32 teeth, like you and I, even though they are found mostly in the back of the mouth. They don’t have upper front teeth. So next time you are at the zoo, notice the way they use their lips to grab food and move it to the back of their mouth.

 

  1. A crocodile replaces its teeth over 40 times in a lifetime.

This is true, their teeth are continuously replaced throughout their lifetime. This can happen more than 40 times depending on their lifespan.

 

  1. An elephant’s tooth can weigh over 15 pounds.

This is FALSE. But, an elephant’s tooth can weigh over a whopping 6 pounds so that’s still pretty impressive.

 

  1. Horses, cows, sheep, camels and goats are all herbivores.

This is TRUE. As plant eaters, they all have wide, flat teeth as opposed to the defined canine teeth that carnivores possess.

 

  1. A mosquito has teeth.

This is kind of TRUE, kind of FALSE. They actually have 47 sharp edges on its tip to help cut through skin. Although they aren’t really teeth, they can easily cut through skin and clothing.

 

Healthy Workplace

Why Dental Benefits are Essential for a Healthy Workplace

Did you know that oral health plays an important role in overall well-being and can promote a healthy workplace? Research has shown a strong connection between poor dental hygiene and a multitude of serious health conditions. For example, gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and pneumonia. So, when an employee starts neglecting their teeth, they could be increasing their risk of experiencing other health problems.

But how does this affect the workplace?

Believe it or not, dental work can directly impact your employees, and thus, your company as a whole. Whether someone experiences a minor toothache or a major dental problem, oral issues can account for lack of productivity, missed work days and poor employee morale. All of which can lead to increased costs for your company. And with the majority of adults having a cavity at least once in their lifetime, it’s likely that many of your employees can benefit from having easy and accessible dental care. At Dental Select, we believe that good oral health is essential for creating a healthy, happy workplace.

When your employees utilize their Dental Select benefits, preventive care is included. That means twice a year check ups and cleanings that can help protect them from health problems and diseases. And if you aren’t sure what’s included in your company’s dental plan, give us a call or contact us. We’d be happy to review it with you and answer any questions. Together, we can encourage a well-established oral care routine that can help lower the risk of serious diseases, avoid costly dental procedures and keep your company healthy.

Discount Dental

Is a Discount Dental Plan Right For You?

Discount dental plans are tailored to individuals and families who do not currently have dental insurance and are looking to save money on their dental care needs. A discount dental plan is not an insured plan. Instead, it’s more like a membership where you get instant access to savings on services like exams, cleanings, x-rays and crowns. After signing up, you’ll pay discounted amounts at each dental visit. Simply give your dentist’s office your personal information and they will call us to verify enrollment on your behalf.

So is a Discount Plan right for you?

Here are 8 reasons why our customers favor Dental Select’s Discount Plan:

  1. You’ll get instant access to benefits the day you sign up.
  2. It’s affordable. See our prices here.
  3. With no claims to file, discount plans are easy to use and hassle free.
  4. There are no waiting periods and no age restrictions, meaning everyone is accepted on the discount dental plan right away.
  5. Ability to add dependents, like children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents to the plan.
  6. You’ll have unlimited plan usage (no annual maximum) so get as much as you need out of your plan.
  7. You’ll receive discounts on orthodontics (for adults and children), discounts from contracted specialists, and discounts on teeth bleaching and cosmetics.
  8. Lastly, you’ll automatically be enrolled in our discount vision program through EyeMed at no additional cost.

 

Ready to sign up? Get started here.

 

Dental Plan

5 Reasons to Keep Your Stand-Alone Dental Plan

Thinking of embedding your dental plan with your medical plan? Sure it sounds easier –  maybe even more convenient, but sometimes the easy choice isn’t always the best choice. There is a lot of value in having a stand-alone dental plan. Here are our top five reasons you should keep your traditional dental plan:

1. Know Exactly What You’re Paying For

With a traditional dental plan, you see the true costs and services of your dental plan. There are no hidden costs, and it’s clear to see what benefits you are paying for and what you will receive. But when combining with medical, dental costs often become unclear. You don’t always know what you are paying for or if the price is fair.

2. Less Out of Pocket Costs

When including dental on your medical plan, you can expect to have a significantly higher deductible that will include dental. Sometimes this can be anywhere from $4,500 to $6,500.

3. Experience Fewer Network and Dentist Changes

Dental Select has one of the largest nationewide provider networks. Not only is switching carriers a hassle, but when switching to a medical plus a dental plan, there is a chance of losing current providers. Also, medical plans are more likely to change each year, which again may cause provider disruption.

4. Enjoy Richer Benefits

Stand-alone dental plans offer a greater range of benefits and services versus a medical plan that embeds dental. More benefits means much more value for you and your employees.

5. First-Rate Customer Experience

Dental Select has over 25 years as a sole dental administrator. When changing to a medical carrier, you sacrifice the knowledge, abilities and service of a true stand-alone dental administrator – something that we pride ourselves on offering.