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Mouthwash

Should You Be Using Mouthwash?

Q: Should I Be Using Mouthwash?

A: Mouthwash, also called mouthrinse, can be a great addition to your oral care routine. Traditionally, mouthwashes have been used to help reduce bad breath. However, only some types of mouthwash can help reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. Whichever type you choose, mouthwash should not replace daily brushing and flossing. If you are unsure, schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out their recommendation.

 

Q: What type of mouthwash should I buy?

A: There are two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Therapeutic mouthwash is available over the counter and by prescription. This type has active ingredients that can help control plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. Cosmetic mouthwash can help mask bad breath (halitosis) temporarily, but will not reduce risk of gum disease or tooth decay. Typically, flavoring agents will only last for a few hours.

 

Q: Can children use mouthwash?

A: Children under the age of six, should not use mouthwash. Swallowing mouth wash should be avoided as it can cause vomiting and intoxication.

 

Q: What are the benefits to using therapeutic vs cosmetic mouthwash?

A: Using the right type of therapeutic mouthwash can reduce plaque and gingivitis, prevent tooth decay and freshen breath as cosmetic mouthwash will only have temporary results to reduce bad breath.

 

Schedule an appointment with your dentist to see if you need a mouthwash and what type to use. Still need to look for a dentist in your area? Search for one here.

affordable dental plans

5 Ways a Dental Plan Will Save You Money

You visit the dentist, only to find out that your major tooth ache is a major problem. And without dental insurance, you start to sweat a little as you weren’t prepared to cover the procedure costs on your own. Sound familiar? Well, this doesn’t have to be the case. With affordable dental plans available, there’s no need to find yourself in this situation.

Besides, there are more ways than one that a dental plan will save you money. Want to learn how? Here are our top five:

  1. Lower costs. We have negotiated rates with our contracted dentists, meaning you can expect lower costs from our highly credentialed providers – every time.

 

  1. Preventative services are covered. This means, that your exams and cleanings are taken care of, 100 percent.

 

  1. Avoid costly problems. With preventive care available through your dental plan, routine services will help keep expensive procedures and issues at bay.

 

  1. Pay less out of pocket. And if you do need a procedure (big or small), you can feel confident knowing you won’t be responsible for the entire bill.

 

  1. Extra benefits. Dental Select plans come with added benefits, with things like discount vision and cosmetic discounts included.

 

To learn more about our available dental plans, click here.

New Year, New You

Need help picking a healthy New Year’s resolution? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions that you’ll definitely want to steal.

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating a well-balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables will not only keep you healthy, but will decrease your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

2. Start exercising. Don’t feel like exercise has to be all or nothing. It’s good to start in small doses. Try working out a few times a week for 20-30 minute sessions. Once that’s easy, you can build up duration and frequency from there. Remember, exercising can be as simple as walking through the park.

3. Quit smoking. There is no time like the present to kick that tobacco habit. You already know of the dangers smoking has on your teeth and overall health, so what better way to ring in 2018 than to be completely smoke free.

4. Get cooking. Make it a goal to cut back on fast food and cook more meals in your kitchen. By doing so, you’ll have more control over the nutritional value in every meal.

5. Power down devices. Decrease your stress levels and increase quality time with your family by putting away your devices. Set aside a time each day where you and your family turn off phones, computers and tablets. It doesn’t have to be a long period of time – try 20 minutes or maybe while you eat dinner.

6. Do a little Spring cleaning. That’s right, get out your mop and broom a little early this year. With cold and flu season upon us, now is a perfect time to tidy-up, disinfect and get rid of the things you don’t need. After all, a clean, germ-free house will keep illnesses at bay and brighten anyone’s day.

7. Make a dentist appointment. Overdue for an exam? Make an effort to see your dentist at least twice this year. Exams and cleanings are recommended every 6 months.

8. Floss more. Set a goal to floss once a day. Keep floss in multiple places like your car or desk, to give you less chance of forgetting.

9. Sleep more. Staying up too late? Get back on a better sleeping schedule by hitting the sack earlier. Try getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night so you can start your day refreshed and rested.

10. Drink more water. Opt for drinking water when you can as juice and soda will leave unwanted sugar on your teeth. Water cleans your mouth by washing away residue, helps with dry mouth and will keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Baby teeth

5 Tips for Baby Teeth Removal

Does your child have a baby tooth that’s loose? You might be surprised that the old “string on the doorknob” trick, isn’t recommended. That, as well as many other creative methods, can lead to extreme pain and agony. Not to mention, pulling baby teeth too early can cause significant bleeding and vulnerability to infection. So what’s a parent to do? Don’t fret – we can help. So go ahead and remove the string from the doorknob and read these five guidelines for wiggly baby teeth:

 

1 Make sure it’s loose first. If It’s just slightly loose, it’s best to leave the tooth alone. Once it becomes wigglier (when the root dissolves), have your child wiggle the tooth (not pulling or twisting, just back and forth motions).

 

2Try numbing first. To avoid some discomfort, you can first use ice cubes or a popsicle on their gums.

 

3 – Ask your child if they want to do it themselves. Children will know their own pain tolerance, and sometimes it’s best if they pull out their own tooth. This will help reduce the amount of pain and likeliness that a tooth comes out too early – this of course depends on age too.

 

4 – Only help if necessary. Assuming there is no pain and that the tooth is ready, you can use a piece of tissue to firmly grasp and pull the tooth.

 

5 – Ask your dentist. If you aren’t sure, it doesn’t hurt to consult with your dentist first as they will know the best course of action for your child.

 

Still looking for the right dentist for your child? Check our dentist search here.

vision health

Your Eyes Are What You Eat

Yes, it may be true. Eating a diet rich in certain nutrients may help support vision health and keep major age-related issues at an arm’s length (and no, we’re not just talking about carrots). How you ask? Vitamins and minerals from particular foods can reduce your risk of macular degeneration (impaired vision caused by deterioration of the retina), cataracts (cloudy areas in the eye lens) and other age-related vision issues. Luckily, we already know some of the best food sources –  so you can start loading up your plate right away. It’s one of the easiest ways you can begin protecting your vision now for the years to come.

Here are five surprising foods that may help keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp:

  1. Green leafy vegetables
    • Leafy greens, like spinach, kale and collards, contain certain antioxidants that can lower risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
  2. Egg yolks
    • Egg yolk contains antioxidants (luetin and zeaxanthin) and as zinc, both of which can reduce cataract and macular degeneration risk.
  3. Fatty fish
    • Fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel are all rich in DHA. When DHA is low, it can be linked to dry eye syndrome. DHA may also be important to retinal health.
  4. Vitamin C
    • Which can be found in oranges, berries or other citrus fruits. Vitamin C can reduce risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
  5. Almonds
    • Rich in vitamin E, which can slow macular degeneration.

And if you want to find more food sources for healthy vision, check out this list here. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/top-foods-to-help-protect-your-vision

5 Ways Your Company Saves with Insured Vision

Have you given much thought to adding a vision insurance plan to your company’s benefits? Perhaps you felt it was too expensive, or simply not worth it. That’s where we come in. You may not be aware that with all of our EyeMed vision plans, not only will your employees receive affordable benefits and a consistently easy member experience, but they will automatically receive additional discounts – many of which sets us apart from our competitors. Here are 5 ways your employees will save with an insured vision plan through Dental Select: 

  1. Discounts on Additional Eyewear Purchases

After your employees use their eyewear benefit, they don’t need to stop there. Each insured vision plan includes 40 percent off any additional purchases of complete pairs of eyeglasses. And with no limit on this discount, employees can receive endless discounts on additional in-network purchases.

  1. Discounts on Lens Options

With a fixed schedule of lens options, employees will receive significant savings on the most popular options including: UV coating, tint, standard scratch-resistant and standard polycarbonate. All vision providers are contracted to these discounts, meaning your employees will know exactly what balance they are responsible for ahead of time.

  1. Discounts on Out-of-Pocket Amounts

If employees happen to exceed their original allowance, no problem. They will receive 30 percent off frame allowance balances and 15 percent off any conventional contact lens allowance balance. It’s just another way to protect members from large balance billing.

  1. Consistency of Discounts

All participating provider locations contracted to the EyeMed Vision Network have accepted your company’s plan. Meaning your benefits will be consistent with discounted pricing, wherever your employees go. And with access to more than 22,000 locations nationwide, your employees will have no problem picking a vision provider that works for them.

  1. LASIK and PRK Discount

If your employees would like to receive LASIK or PRK, there’s a discount for that too. Members will receive 15 percent off of the retail price of these procedures.

 

So go ahead, take the plunge and give your employees the option to select an insured vision plan. Learn more here.

10 Tips for Overcoming Fear at the Dentist

Do you regularly get nervous before your dentist appointment? You are not alone. Visiting the dentist can be stressful for many people and mild fear is common. The good news is, that dental appointments are never as bad as they seem and there are effective ways to manage your anxiety. So as your next appointment approaches, keep these tips in mind to help overcome fear of the dentist: 

  1. Meet your dentist first. Before any treatment takes place, ask to meet your dentist in person. Dental offices are usually more than willing to schedule consultations.

 

  1. Schedule an early appointment. Get your appointment done first thing in the morning to help eliminate the chance of stewing over it all day.

 

  1. Talk to your dentist about it. Be upfront and honest about anxiety at your appointment. Have your dentist explain everything beforehand and ask him to speak out loud as he is performing tasks.

 

  1. Use a signal to stop. Before you begin, agree on a sign that you can use to stop if things get too uncomfortable.

 

  1. Bring a family member. Feel free to bring along a close friend or family member; a good support system can go a long way.

 

  1. Listen to headphones. Most offices supply these, but bring your favorite pair of earbuds just in case. Listen to some relaxing music or a podcast to help time move quickly.

 

  1. Consider meditation. Distract your mind by concentrating on deep breaths or repeat a calming mantra in your head.

 

  1. Picture yourself elsewhere. Drift away to your favorite relaxing place. Think of the sounds of the ocean, the view from a picturesque mountaintop or the cool breeze among of quiet field of flowers.

 

  1. Hold something. Release tension by bringing along stress ball or something soft to squeeze.

 

  1. Close your eyes. Try to relax by closing your eyes. Maybe even bring your own sunglasses if it helps you stay comfortable.

DENTAL SELECT NAMES MARK COYNE AS NEW PRESIDENT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — November 7, 2017— Dental Select today announced that it has named Mark Coyne as President of the company. Brent Williams, who founded the company in 1989, will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer.

Coyne will be responsible for leadership and decision making over Claims, Enrollment, Customer Service, Provider Relations, Sales and Account Management, Marketing, Underwriting, and Information Technology. Additionally, Coyne will lead Dental Select’s execution and implementation of business strategies, as well as the launch of new products and technologies.

“I am honored and excited to guide Dental Select into the future,” said Coyne. “It is a privilege to lead an organization that is committed to serving our members, employers, brokers and dentists. We are led by a common principle, to simplify every part of the dental insurance experience. We will be relentless in our pursuit to surprise and delight our customers at every opportunity, with a commitment to accountability, teamwork, creativity, and doing things right the first time.”

Under the new leadership structure, Williams will focus on expanding the business through strategic partnerships, including political and business relationships. Williams will lead company growth into new markets, continue to shape strategic vision, and open new doors for Dental Select.

“This comes at a significant time for Dental Select,” said Williams.

“We have built a strong foundation, and as a national company, we are positioning ourselves for growth long-term. Mark has strengthened our organization, and elevated the standards to which we hold ourselves. I know he is the correct choice to lead our company. Under his leadership, Dental Select is entering a new era of market growth while staying true to our commitment of a simpler benefits experience for all.”

Coyne brings 20 years of experience in dental and vision insurance. Prior to his time at Dental Select, he was the Vice President of Sales at Government Employees Health Association where he was responsible for sales, marketing, national accounts and operations for dental, vision and hearing provider networks. He also served as Senior Operations Manager for Connection Dental Federal and Connection Vision.

 

Coyne has 15 years of volunteer service with the National Association of Dental Plans. His contributions include serving as a member on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Commission. He received his undergraduate degree from Washburn University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas.

 

Brent Williams founded Dental Select in 1989 upon the belief that dental insurance should be simpler for members. The company has since grown to become one of the largest privately-held and independent dental plan administrators in the United States. He continues to influence Dental Select’s direction and strategic priorities today, constantly pushing for new ways to disrupt the benefits industry. As a result, the company is pursuing objectives that create positive experiences and technological advancement to improve the customer experience.

 

Williams’ industry leadership and involvement in legislative action has become a passion. He is an active member of the National Association of Dental Plans and has served on its Board of Directors for more than 10 years. He is a three-time finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and serves on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

 

About Dental Select

Dental Select administers dental and vision benefits for large employer groups, small businesses, and individuals across the country. Dental Select is a licensed third-party administrator and insurance agency with plans in 46 states. Dental Select insurance plans are underwritten by ACE American Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Chubb, Limited, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance group.

More information is available at dentalselect.com

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.