Your baby boomer patients are probably your best patients. Chances are they have been with you for many years and have been loyal and compliant. But here’s a startling fact: 10,000 boomers retire each day, and with that transition, most lose their company-sponsored benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. Retiring boomers are searching for
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?
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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