Using Your Insurance Payouts – Use it or Lost it!

Dental insurance covered needed expenses at the dentist to keep your teeth healthy.Believe it or not, you could be losing hundreds of dollars this year. The reason is simple: each year your dental benefits do not roll over. Although the amount of money your insurance plan offers depends on the company, all companies do not honor unused benefits. Our advice? Use them while you still can.

Here are the key insurance-related factors:

1. Deductibles

A deductible is the amount of money you must pay your dentist out pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. No matter how much this number is – the average is $50 a year – your deductible starts again when your plan rolls over on January 1st. To avoid paying out your deductible right away, make your appointment before the New Year.

2. Premiums

Using your benefits is even more financially effective if you are paying premiums. Even if you’re not ready for a major dental procedure, you can still utilize your insurance for an exam or one of our periodontal maintenance cleanings or other periodontal services.

3. Worsening Dental Conditions

Since serious dental conditions can worsen over time, avoiding treatment puts you at risk for more extensive and expensive treatment in the future.

The Bottom Line

Whether you have insurance benefits remaining or if you have funds set aside in a flexible spending account or healthcare saving account – now is the time to schedule treatment so your co-payment can be applied to this year’s deductions. Call us today or visit FarberCenter.com today to schedule your appointment!

 

Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis) and Diabetes

Sugar aggravates both diabetes and periodontitis.If you are a loyal reader of the Farber Center blog than you already know diabetes will increase the risk of developing periodontitis (gum disease). In this blog post, we will delve into the connection between diabetes and gum disease and discuss their connection.

What are Periodontitis and Diabetes?

Diabetes

Our bodies typically create energy by processing the food we eat into glucose. The pancreas will then manufacture a hormone called insulin to spread the glucose to the cells within our body. A person with diabetes will be unable to produce enough insulin or they cannot use the insulin properly; causing sugar to pile up in excess within the body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. The CDC report also states that 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition that leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis, periodontal disease, or gum disease is a common infection damaging the soft tissue and bone supporting your teeth. The Journal of Dental Research released a study estimating, through use of a sample size, that 47.2% of Americans (64.7 million adults!) have some form of periodontitis. To read a more in-depth explanation of periodontal disease read our blog post: Periodontal Disease: A Treatable Condition.

The Connection between Periodontitis and Diabetes

The blog we first linked to at the top of the page mentions that an infection like periodontitis “may cause insulin resistance, which disrupts blood sugar control. The American Academy of Periodontology states that “severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar”. The increased blood sugar along with the development of insulin resistance makes it clear that having both is problematic!

How to Treat Periodontal Disease if You Have Diabetes?

Controlling periodontal disease, for the most part, requires the same steps whether or not you have diabetes. Bi-yearly check-ups with a periodontist, as well as proper teeth and gums maintenance are necessary steps to removing the infection. However, diabetics need to be more attentive to their sugar levels than those without diabetes. Controlling your blood glucose levels is vital to restoring your teeth.

Even if you are diabetic, your periodontitis can be treated. While it is true it will require more work to control your gum disease, we want you to know that with the help of the Farber Center your future is looking bright! Call the Farber Center at 800.616.7010 to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.

6 Ways to Strengthen Your Bite

 

Strong teeth and a strong bite are signs of good heal and following a proper dental care routine.Your bite determines whether you’re reaching for an apple or a smoothie. Although both are delicious, you may want that crunch sensation of a whole apple. So what do you do when your teeth aren’t strong enough to take a bite?

While dental implants may, in fact, be necessary to correct your bite strength, there are a few things you can do to strengthen it in the meantime:

Crew crisp vegetables to strengthen your jaw.

1. Keep Chewing Crisp Veggies

Known as “chewing foods,” fruits and vegetables like raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, green beans and snap peas. Crunching down on these not only automatically cleans your teeth, but they provide practice for your jaw to keep your bite going a little longer. While fruit may seem like a good option, it’s best in moderation due to high sugar levels, which linger long after you’re finished eating and cause decay.

Strength your bite as you chew sugarless gum.2. Chew Sugarless Gum to Strengthen Your Bite

Similar to chewing on vegetables, sugarless gum automatically is good practice for your jaw and will help strengthen your bite. Additionally chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Tobacco products cause teeth and gum problems.

3. Give Up Tobacco Products

According to research, 16 percent of smokers have poor dental health. That’s four times the rate of people who have never smoked. Smoking will do nothing but weaken your bite, teeth, and gums. Smokers develop bacterial plaque that causes gum disease and can result in tooth loss. Tooth decay will leave you without much bite at all.

Proper oral care strengthens your bite.4. Follow a Consistent Oral Care Routine

Although you’ve heard it many times it’s still the best way to ensure you’re taking care of your mouth – brush, and floss! Brush after every meal for at least two minutes and floss daily. Killing bacteria and getting food particles out will help prevent tooth decay and ultimately help strengthen your bite.

 

Teeth grinding at night can erode and damage your teeth.5. Stop Grinding

Some people grind their teeth when they’re angry or stressed. Others grind them in their sleep. No matter the reason, grinding your teeth isn’t doing your bite any favors. This condition, known as bruxism. Bruxism causes mouth pain, headaches, sleep interruption and loose, chipped and fractured teeth. Consider buying a mouth guard to wear at night. If you grind from anxiety you can try vitamins and herbal supplements that have a calming effect.

 

6. Visit Your Dentist/Periodontist Regularly

At Farber Center, we’re here to help you with every aspect of your oral health whether it be hygiene, surgery or referrals. If your bite isn’t as strong as it could be, call us at 800.616.7010 to make an appointment. We’ll discuss your options and give you even more information about improving your bite.