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On February 18th, 2019, Dental Select will close its offices to observe the Presidents Day holiday.
Our offices will reopen on February 19th, 2019 at 8 am Mountain Standard Time.
1). Daily Coffee
Let’s start with your daily cup of joe purchase. According to USA Today, the average daily cup of coffee will end up costing you roughly $63 a month when you purchase it from your local coffee shop. A cheaper solution? Try brewing a cup at home instead.
This adds up to about $1,596 a year.
2). Going Out to Lunch
Bringing a lunch to work versus eating out is another way to cut expenses. The average meal out costs $10 per person, according to Visa data. Visa also figured the average American spends about $18 a week on lunch when eating out.
This adds up to about $2,746 a year.
You already know the dangers of smoking, but this harmful habit is also a pricey one. The average smoker goes through 14.2 cigarettes a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This adds up to about $1,596 a year.
4). Your (unused) Gym Membership
Recently, the New York Times stated that nearly 85% of Americans stop going to the gym regularly after the first 90 days of signing up. With average gym membership prices falling around $50 a month, the majority of members end up wasting a good amount of money.
This adds up to about $600 a year.
5). Wasted Food
Have you ever thought about how much food your family throws away? According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the average American household throws out around $185 worth of food a month. More organized meal planning, food storage and eating leftovers are all ways to minimize food thrown away.
This adds up to about $1500 a year.
Halloween: the exciting night where costumed children knock door to door and collect more candy than Willy Wonka himself. Now, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but trick-or-treating can be a frightening time for your child’s teeth. The good news is – it doesn’t have to be.
We already know that consuming too many sugary snacks can increase your risk of plaque build-up and that sticky, hard and sour candy can be some of the worst offenders for tooth decay. But did you know that some sweets are actually worse than others? With a little help, you and your family can make smarter candy selections and reduce risk of cavities and keep your teeth healthy.
So when it comes to selecting a better alternative, here are some tips:
- Choose hollow chocolate. Lower your exposure to sugar, by eating a smaller serving.
- Opt for sugar free candy. Less sugar, means less chance of decay.
- Stick to dark chocolate. Some may say that dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may help with the effects of tooth decay.
- Pick any chocolate. If you can’t eat dark chocolate, any chocolate may also be a better choice as it is one of the easier candies to wash off your teeth.
- Select candy that contains nuts. Nuts can break up sugary consistency.
As always, we recommending brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sugary snacks, keeping floss handy (especially if you indulge on a caramel popcorn ball or two) and eating all candy in moderation.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Many smokers are under the impression that battery-operated devices (vaping, electronic cigarettes) are a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes; however, recent studies now show that E-cigarettes could be just as harmful as regular cigarettes.
Recently published in the journal Oncotarget, the study explained how researchers at the University of Rochester in New York exposed nonsmokers’ gum tissue to e-cigarette vapors. Results showed that the vapors present in e-cigarettes cause inflammation, negatively affect cell regeneration and could potentially damage the cells located in gums and the oral cavity. In fact, E-cigarette vapor killed 53 percent of mouth cells in three days. Short-term data also shows that vaping can impact lung health, damage blood cells and increase risk of heart disease.
Be aware that because there isn’t tobacco, it does not mean there isn’t nicotine. So any problems that come with nicotine are still present when vaping.
As a reminder, nicotine reduces blood flow to your gums, making it difficult to keep your gums healthy. Gums will eventually start receding and eventually die off. Nicotine also hampers saliva production which will only means more bacteria and more chance of tooth decay.
And while more data is needed to show all the side effects from E-cigarettes, it’s important to also note that studies have shown that smokers were three to six times more likely to suffer from advanced gum disease than nonsmokers. So the best way to keep your gums healthy, is not to smoke at all.
Whiteman, Honor. “E-Cigarettes ‘Just as Harmful as Tobacco’ for Oral Health.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 17 Nov. 2016, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314190.php.
Tender Teeth? 10 Ways to Relieve Tooth Sensitivity
Do you wince when you drink hot or cold beverages? Do you find yourself being cautious when you brush or floss because it’s painful? Well, you may have sensitive teeth.
Sensitivity is common, and can happen when a tooth’s dentin is exposed to acidity or cold and hot temperatures. Lucky for you, tooth sensitivity is preventable and treatable. Although sensitivity can have a number of causes, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), good oral hygiene is always your best defense. And with a few small adjustments to your oral care routine, you could be well on your way to pain-free teeth.
Here are 10 tips to help beat tooth sensitivity:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Use a soft bristled brush.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Brush gently with appropriate technique.
- Floss once a day.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Try an at home fluoride gel treatment (these can help strengthen tooth enamel).
- In the meantime, avoid irritating foods and beverages until you find relief.
- Use a mouth guard if you grind your teeth.
However, if you try these and still do not find relief, a visit to your dentist is recommended. At your appointment, your dentist can determine the cause of your sensitivity and provide treatment options. Problems can range from mild tooth decay to gums that have pulled away from the teeth from gum disease.
Your dentist may recommend trying a desensitizing toothpaste that can help prevent nerve irritation. And depending on the severity, there are also in-office treatments that can repair damaged areas of the tooth (fillings, crowns, inlays, bonding, surgical gum grafts or root canals). Again, it’s always best to speak with your dentist about treatment options available to you.
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You hear this all the time, but how are your plans more flexible than others? Well, we’ll tell you. Read on to see how we keep our clients happy with more plan flexibility and more options. Here’s exactly what we offer:
- True Open Enrollment
No late entrant penalties. Employees can enroll annually during open enrollment on a group plan as if it were always the first time.
- Group Benefits for as Low as 2 Lives.
We love small groups, that’s why we offer contributory and voluntary employer plans for as few as two. Plus, they can qualify for Orthodontics and our MaxRewards program.
- Choose Your Max.
Maximums starting at $1,000. with options up to $5,000. Or, just go all the way and include our Unlimited Maximum option.
- A National Provider Network.
With one of the largest national networks, we give members more choices with nearly 200,000 provider access points.
- Ortho Benefits for All.
Get straightened out with child and adult orthodontic benefit options for groups with as few as 2 employees.
- Vision Benefit Options.
We offer vision plans too – even get one that includes frame and contact lens benefits within the same 12 months.
- Convenient Smartphone App.
Download Dental Select’s smartphone app to find the nearest dentist or for access to dental and vision ID cards that can even emailed right to the dentist.
- MaxRewards Feature.
Our dental MaxRewards program rewards loyal group employees with a graduating annual maximum up to $2,000. Read more about this included program here.
Ready to start the appointment process? Click here. Once you’ve sold your first group, we will send you login information so you can manage your block of business.
Let’s talk about x-rays. Sure you’ve had them at your dental visits, but have you ever asked your dentist why? X-rays are a useful tool with many benefits. Read on as we shed some light on commonly asked dental x-ray questions.
Why do dentists need x-rays?
Dentists perform x-rays to check for issues with the teeth, mouth and jaw. Problems can include tooth decay, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, bone damage within the jaw and injuries like broken roots. X-rays can find these problems early, possibly before symptoms are even present. Without x-rays, dentists can easily miss early stages of oral problems, including decay between the teeth.
What types of X-rays are there?
- Bitewing x-rays: These x-rays are used during check-ups to look for tooth decay, bone loss and severe gum disease as they show the upper and lower teeth in one view.
- Panoramic x-rays: Given occasionally, this type of x-ray gives a complete, broad view of the upper and lower jaw. Used to identify issues like bone abnormalities, cysts, infections, fractures and tumors, panoramic x-rays will include the jaw, teeth and sinuses.
- Periapical x-rays: Checking for problems below the gum line, these x-rays uncover problems like impacted teeth, cysts, tumors and abscesses. A periapical x-ray will capture the entire tooth from the surface to below the root. These x-rays are usually performed during a patient’s first visit.
- Occlusal x-rays: Larger than most x-rays, these images allow a clear view of the roof and floor of the mouth. They will help pin-point foreign objects, extra teeth, jaw fractures, cleft palate or growths.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Dental x-rays use minimal amounts of radiation; your Dental Select dentist will use an up-to-date, modern machine. As a precautionary measure, you will wear a lead apron when this is performed. If you are pregnant, inform your dentist prior to receiving any x-rays. You may choose to wait having x-rays until after birth.
How often do you need dental x-rays?
The need for x-rays is based on age, risk, and signs of disease or oral issues. Healthy patients with little cavity risk may have x-rays performed every year or two, while high risk patients may receive them more often (possibly every 6 months). The ADA recommends that dentists and patients discuss the need for x-rays together.
From nail biting to chewing ice, we all have different habits that we do on a daily basis – however, you may not be aware of or the impact they have on your oral health. So, even though you brush and floss regularly, you could still be damaging your teeth without even knowing it. Take a look at these five habits that are bad for your teeth – then start making a plan to kick them to the curb.
1). Chewing Ice
Although it seems like an innocent habit, chewing ice can actually lead to cracked or chipped teeth, problems with existing dental work (like fillings or crowns), gum injuries and tooth enamel damage. You may recall our post on chewing ice before. Need a refresher? Check it out here.
2). Nail Biting
Nail biting may seem harmless, but believe it or not, nail biting can actually impact your jaw because of the extended period of time its placed in a protruding position. It can also wear down the front teeth, leading to cracks or chips.
3). Using Teeth to Open Things
Teeth aren’t made to be tools. Using your teeth to open things or hold things, can be a destructive habit that can ruin more than your smile. In fact, when putting excessive pressure on your teeth, you will increase your chance of cracking your teeth or even suffering a jaw injury.
4). Teeth Grinding
When you grind your teeth, it can cause significant damage and increase risk of development temporomandibular joint (TMJ). As bruxism weakens your tooth structures it can lead to loose, painful or fractured teeth and also damage fillings and crowns. Check out our full post about teeth grinding here.
5). Eating A Lot of Sugar
Too much snacking, especially foods that are high in sugar will increase your chance of cavities and tooth decay. Excessive sugar increases production of plaque that will break down tooth enamel. So when bacteria come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced that attacks the teeth. Then, this will eventually lead to tooth decay and cavities. Read more on creating a balanced diet for healthy teeth here.
If you need help with breaking any of these habits, making an appointment with your dentist is a great place to start. They can help establish a healthy oral care plan to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Still need to find a Dental Select dentist near you? Click here.
Removing your wisdom teeth is an important decision. And whether they are impacted or not, wisdom teeth should always be closely monitored to make sure they won’t cause future problems. We know it can get confusing, so to help understand your options, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions and answers. As always, your dentist is the best resource to answer questions about your oral health and we encourage you to schedule an appointment with them for the most detailed information.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third last molars to erupt. Generally, there are one on each side of the upper and lower jaws and are the furthest teeth from the front of the mouth.
What age do wisdom teeth come in?
Usually between the ages of 17-21, but this can vary between patients.
Do wisdom teeth always need to be removed?
Not necessarily, as long as the wisdom teeth erupt fully into the mouth and function correctly. Also, not everyone gets wisdom teeth. While some people have all four wisdom teeth, others may only get one, two or three or none at all. If a wisdom tooth remains fully buried, it can sometimes be left alone if it does not cause problems. Your dentist will continue to monitor these teeth because the potential for developing problems later do still exist.
In what instances would wisdom teeth need to removed?
Wisdom teeth can partially emerge, come in crooked or lead to overcrowding and disease. Consequently, diseased or potentially problematic wisdom teeth should almost always be removed. Your dentist can help examine your wisdom teeth as they erupt and help you make an informed decision; however, instances for removal usually include:
- Incorrect position, or not coming in properly
- Not enough room
- Tooth decay
- Cyst or tumor formation
- Gum disease
What age should wisdom teeth be removed?
The ADA recommends that people between 16 – 19 should have their wisdom teeth evaluated. Generally, wisdom teeth that are removed before age 20 have less complications.
Need to find a dentist to discuss your wisdom teeth treatment plan? Click here to find one near you.