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How Much Does a Root Canal Cost? Often, the bill for a root canal is as painful as the procedure

By |2019-11-12T12:18:25-05:00November 12th, 2019|insurance, News|

Upon hearing the dreaded words, “You need a root canal,” my heart dropped to my toes. Aside from the anticipation of pain, I knew the procedure was expensive. Unfortunately, if you have a seriously infected tooth, your only choices are to have a root canal — or lose the tooth. What is a root canal?

Don’t leave dental benefits on the table

By |2019-11-06T10:53:21-05:00November 6th, 2019|insurance, News|

As we begin making holiday plans, it’s a good reminder to get dental appointments scheduled, particularly if you’ve been putting off something major. The reason? Most dental benefits renew at the beginning of the year, which means all of the money you’ve already paid toward your deductible will start over on Jan. 1, 2020. The

Preventive Dental Care Can Dramatically Impact Your Health

By |2019-11-03T11:26:47-05:00November 3rd, 2019|insurance, News|

Why Dental Care Matters You know many tips to stay healthy, such as eating fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep, but did you know that practicing proper preventive dental care can also dramatically impact your overall health? Healthy dental hygiene can reduce your risk of developing dental problems, which can be associated

Tips for choosing the right dental benefits for you

By |2019-10-18T14:18:47-05:00October 18th, 2019|insurance, News|

Before open enrollment begins Nov. 1, it’s important to consider which dental benefits work best for you. When researching dental plan offerings, be sure to do your homework. Don’t let dental insurance become an afterthought. Check out the infographic below to see what factors to consider when choosing a dental plan.

How bad teeth and a lack of dental care can lead to discrimination and poverty

By |2019-10-17T20:57:23-05:00October 16th, 2019|insurance, News|

Gina Diaz-Nino considers herself an extrovert. But since her mouth began deteriorating after years of methamphetamine use and two fights, she receded into the shadows. Her teeth are yellow, crooked and browning around the corners. Most of her top teeth are either chipped, missing or decaying. When they fell out, they crumbled like chalk. “I’ll

Why Dental Insurance Makes Good People Do Bad Things

By |2019-10-12T09:20:31-05:00October 9th, 2019|insurance, News|

When I was a kid, my dad would tell me on the way to the dentist to be prepared to pay out of my own pocket for any cavities I had. $38 per filling was an insane amount of money for an eight-year-old with a 75 cent allowance per week and 7-Eleven candy habit. I

Survey Shows U.S. Oral Health System is Failing

By |2019-10-03T14:35:30-05:00October 3rd, 2019|insurance, News|

Six in 10 U.S. adults rate oral health as fair or poor, and even more (67%) feel that it will either stay the same or get worse in the next five years, according to independent research conducted by KRC Research and commissioned by DentaQuest, an oral healthcare organization. DentaQuest commissioned the survey to better understand

Double Check Your Dental Insurance Decision

By |2019-09-10T21:17:29-05:00September 9th, 2019|insurance, News|

Dental insurance is not really insurance. Your health and car insurance are ways to reduce your risk of large, unforeseen payments. You make regular small payments and in return you don’t have to pay for a new car if you are unlucky and get into a major crash. Your insurance covers that. Yet, at Harvard,

Poor Oral Health Linked to Cognitive Decline, Perceived Stress, Rutgers Studies Find

By |2019-09-05T16:06:57-05:00September 4th, 2019|insurance, News, seniors|

Oral health is an essential part of psychological well-being and overall health in older adults. Poor oral health is associated with decreased quality of life, depression, hypertension, and cognitive decline. Two Rutgers studies, co-authored by Darina Petrovsky, Bei Wu, and Weiyu Mao, and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, explored the relationship

Maryland’s new dental insurance program for low-income residents pays to remove teeth — but not replace them

By |2019-08-23T21:53:46-05:00August 22nd, 2019|insurance, News|

Bridget Morlan called the number on her first-ever dental insurance card and held her breath. After more than 30 years of dealing with broken teeth, gum infections and toothaches that landed her in the emergency room dozens of times, the Baltimore woman hoped the new coverage would make everything better. “I’m wishing for a miracle,”