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How to Chose the Best Dental Insurance

You understand that you need dental insurance. After all, it is an essential part of life, no different than any other medical coverage. And, despite the fact that you hate going to the dentist, you know that, one day, you may need more than a simple check-up. If an extensive amount of work is done, you need to find yourself covered. So, you need the right plan to suit your lifestyle. Often, businesses will cover dental insurance and offer plans to their employees. This is how the majority pays for their dental work so, below, we will explain the must common plans used to give you an idea of where to start: One: direct reimbursement plan. The most favored plan, this lets employees be reimbursed for any money they spend on dental care. If you have anything from a check-up to an operation, you will pay for it, and then your employers will give the money back. This makes it a simple process, hence its popularity. Not all companies can afford to do this, however. Small businesses may not be able to match larger bills. Two: indemnity plan. Smaller businesses are more likely to use this plan. With it, they […]

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Finding the right Dentist

Oral health receives a lot of of attention these days with the resurgence of modern teeth whitening systems and a new consciousness regarding oral hygiene. However, the development of new technologies in dentistry necessitates the attention of committed dentists and dental work experts. Recent studies indicate that more dental health workers are just in for the money and treat dentistry and its branches as means to make lucrative business. Therefore, choosing a dentist is a crucial move, for the sake of your oral and financial health. Before qualifying as dentists and dental work practitioners, candidates are required to take up a pre-dental degree and dental school courses. Dental school studies are divided in two: pre-clinical studies for two years and a practicum under a licensed faculty for the latter two. Dentistry candidates are then required to pass the state and national dentistry board to qualify as dentists. However, if the candidates plan to specialize in a branch of dentistry such as public health, endodontics, oral maxillofacial pathology, oral maxillofacial surgery, dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics, a couple of years of advanced studies is required. They are also required to pass the specialty board examination to gain their board […]

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Brushing Your Teeth May be Causing Infection

People the world over have been paying attention to tooth care for centuries. The Babylonians used a chewing stick in 3500 B.C. to clean the teeth and mouth like a toothpick. The first toothbrush was invented by the Chinese in the 15th century, and early toothbrushes were made of stiff animal hair from wild boars and horses. The Egyptians were very concerned about dental hygiene, as evidenced by the fact that many Egyptians were buried with small tree branches that they used to clean their teeth. Taking care of teeth has long been a concern of civilized societies around the globe. You’d think that with today’s modern technology, tooth care would be absolutely flawless, right? The truth is actually far from that—unless a toothbrush is kept sanitary, brushing your teeth may actually contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. And sanitizing means more than just rinsing the brush after you finish. Dr. Gary Westerman, of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, assigned his first-year students a research project to demonstrate the effects of not cleaning a toothbrush properly. Westerman’s students were told to test how much bacteria remains on a toothbrush after it has been rinsed off. “That […]

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Gum Disease and Infection

The gums are also called as the gingivae. These are firm fibrous tissue connected to the bone of the jaw. If they are atleast 1 mm thick and have a good blood supply, then they are said to be “healthy”. Along with age, they decrease slightly and expose more surface of the tooth. Gum disease The term implies bacterial growth and generation of conditions that with time destroy the tissue around the teeth. “Periodontal disease” is another term for this state. Plaque is always getting formed on the teeth surface due to the presence of bacteria. This substance is the origin of gum disease. If plaque remains on the tooth surface for 24 hours, it is transformed to tartar or calculus. Tartar is so strongly bonded with the teeth, that it can be removed only by professional cleaning. The gum disease occurs in two stages: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Generally, gingivitis precedes periodontitis. Gingivitis In the initial stage, the gums become red and swollen. They bleed easily, generally while brushing. If adequate plaque control is done, gingivitis can be reversed. By proper treatment from a dentist coupled with adequate brushing and flossing at home, Gingivitis can be cured. If not treated […]

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Keeping Your Teeth Clean Could Help Prevent a Heart Attack

Written by Jenny Hope Brushing and flossing your teeth could save you from a heart attack, claim experts. Doctors found those with the worst blockages in their arteries had the most severe gum disease. There is mounting evidence of a link between gum disease and heart disease, but a study claims to be the first to show that the severity of each disease may also be connected. Chronic gum disease is called periodontitis, which occurs when waste material or plaque collects around the teeth and irritates the gums. Plaque is removed when teeth are looked after properly. However, failure to brush and floss can lead to the irritated gums becoming infected. Teeth become loose and can even fall out. It is not clear how gum disease may trigger heart problems, although it is thought that bacteria released from the infected gums are the key. The bacteria enter the bloodstream where they may activate the immune system, making artery walls inflamed and narrowed, or attach directly to fatty deposits already present in the arteries which causes further narrowing. French cardiologists and dentists looked at 131 patients referred to hospital for an X-ray examination of the arteries. All were examined for gum […]

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