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The Pros and Cons of Deep Cleaning Teeth

By |2020-12-11T08:22:04-05:00December 11th, 2020|News|

Dental hygiene can fight bad breath and prevent gum disease. So it’s important to regularly brush and floss, and see a dentist twice a year for routine dental cleanings. Sometimes, though, a dentist will recommend deep teeth cleaning. Signs that you might need a deep cleaning include bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose teeth. Although

Use Your Dental Insurance Before Year’s End

By |2020-12-06T10:40:37-05:00December 6th, 2020|insurance, News|

The end of the year is full of activities. Family, school, and work obligations can keep you running constantly, without the time to consider other important things – such as whether you have used all of the health care and dental plan benefits covered by your insurance. Are insurance concerns not high on your holiday

3 Ways Having Dental Insurance Pays Off in the Long Term

By |2020-12-06T10:25:30-05:00December 6th, 2020|insurance, News|

If you’re deciding whether to invest in dental insurance for 2021, it’s important to realize how regular dental care can help preserve your health — dental and medical — years down the line. For people trying to achieve a healthy smile for as long as possible, dental insurance makes it easier to invest in the

ADA responds to claim that HIV spreads via toothbrush sharing

By |2020-11-17T16:40:50-05:00November 17th, 2020|ada, News|

The head of an independent charity in the U.K. has been criticized after claiming that a person can get HIV by sharing an infected person's toothbrush, though the virus is not spread through saliva, according to news reports. Both the ADA and HIV Scotland have denounced claims made by Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the

This has been a jaw-clenching year. Dentists deal with the fall-out.

By |2020-11-03T23:50:05-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Covid, News|

Election Day is here — finally. To say 2020 has been a stressful year is one of those “well duh” statements that won’t send you running for your most trusted fact-checker for confirmation. This campaign season, which began long before the start of this most unusual year, has brought much jaw clenching with the seemingly

Claim denials: Know your rights when filing an appeal

By |2020-10-30T17:56:18-04:00October 30th, 2020|insurance, News|

Quick Summary: It is very important that dentists and their teams know and understand their rights when appealing a claim denial and how the law can protect you and your patient. To minimize the frustration of dealing with a claim denial, it is important to understand how a lot of claims are processed today. By Cindy Hartwell,

Teledentistry is filling a cavity left by the pandemic, but some caution it can’t replace in-person visits

By |2020-10-22T15:54:37-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Covid, News, Teledentistry, telemedicine|

Donella Pogue has trouble finding dentists in her rural area willing to accommodate her 21-year-old son, Justin, who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall, is on the autism spectrum and has difficulty sitting still when touched. And this summer, he had a cavity and his face swelled. Pogue, of Bristol, New York, reached out to

By |2020-10-08T23:01:51-04:00October 6th, 2020|News|

Trick-or-treating may be up in the air for 2020, but one thing that’s definitely not canceled? Halloween candy. We’ll still be able to enjoy festive goodies, even if we have to buy bags of our favorite treats ourselves. The only downside? Candy is still bad for our teeth. Matthew Messina, a dentist, and spokesperson for the American

5 factors to consider for post-COVID dentistry

By |2020-09-18T07:43:17-04:00September 18th, 2020|Covid, News|

The past six months have been a whirlwind for dentistry. Clinics closed abruptly in March and slowly rebounded during the early summer. Dental professionals have always prioritized patient health and safety, and that became especially clear throughout the pandemic. As we continue facing COVID and rethink the new normal, here are five key factors that

New survey shows changing dental insurance landscape. Here’s what you need to know

By |2020-09-18T12:28:32-04:00September 17th, 2020|News|

The number of health plans offering adult dental benefits has more than doubled since 2018, according to a new survey by the firm West Monroe Partners, as health and dental insurers hurtle toward convergence. While in some ways this represents a drastic shift, in others it is in keeping with broad changes in health care: