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Why You Need Emergency Dental Care

Posted on April 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Dental emergencies are serious health crises. They should not be dismissed as insignificant. Immediate treatment is essential. But how do you know when you need to see a dentist immediately? And how can you find help in paying the bill?

When Should You Seek Immediate Dental Care?

If you listen to your body, it will usually tell you when a problem is serious. When in doubt, here is a list of symptoms of a true dental emergency:

  • Pain when you chew or experience a temperature change
  • Swelling of your face
  • Severe jaw pain or toothache
  • Bleeding from a particular part of your mouth
  • Pus in the gum area signifying infection
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Broken tooth
  • Knocked out tooth, which has a chance of being reattached with quick intervention

Get Help from Emergency Dental Care

As you probably know all too well, dental costs are high and, unlike most other medical expenses, patients are required to bear more of the burden. While you can carefully allocate money in your budget for routine dental care, you do not have the luxury of time when an emergency occurs. That’s why it’s wise to plan ahead by getting some form of emergency dental care plan. Here are your best options:

Public assistance. If you are a Medicaid recipient, you may be eligible for dental coverage through this program, which is a partnership between your state and the federal government. Although all enrollees under 21 receive dental coverage, only about half of the states offer it to adults. So check with your case worker to see if you can get Medicaid help with your dental emergency. Your next challenge will be to find an emergency dental practice that accepts Medicaid, as many do not. Medicare, the federal insurance program for senior citizens and some disabled Americans, does not help patients in times of dental emergency.

Traditional dental insurance. If you receive general medical insurance through your employer, you might also be able to get dental coverage through the same plan. Ask someone in your Human Resources department if dental coverage is available. You will probably have to pay for it, but having coverage could save you a lot in the long run.

Indemnity and HMO plans. These traditional forms of coverage are certainly worth looking into. However, they often contain hidden drawbacks including high premiums and deductibles, yearly maximums, complicated paperwork, and required waiting periods before you can have certain procedures done. For a dental emergency, they would only be a realistic option if you were already an active member.

Discount dental plans. For just pennies a day, you can gain access to a network of dentists and specialists if you sign up for one of these plans. Discount dental plans enable you to receive dental care right away, with no waiting periods and no complicated paperwork. Because you have complete access to all prices, you will never be unpleasantly surprised when it comes time to pay the bill.

Now that you know how to identify when you need emergency dental care, don’t wait another minute. Obtain the coverage now that will protect you in the event of a sudden oral health crisis. It’s one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.

When You Need Emergency Dental Care

Posted on March 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

For emergencies that involve the teeth, you may need emergency dental care. Accidents may not always be preventable. According to some recent reports, there are more than half a million visits to the emergency room for dental related cases.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than half a million people go to the emergency room for dental conditions every year. What can be scary is that many emergency rooms cannot provide emergency dental care. If you lost a tooth, they may be able to provide any assistance, but there may be some things that you can do until you see your dentist.

There are a few facilities that are dedicated to providing emergency dental care, but before they are contacted in the case of severe accidents, the objective should be to try and contain the damage as much as possible. You may not be trained as dentist, and no one prepares for an accident, but prevention is always better than cure, than you cannot be too prepared with some items that you can put together as an emergency dental care kit.

The items should include Salt packets, Q-tips, gauze, a small container, a pack of sugar-free gum, and pain killers such as Ibuprofen. Be sure to include the telephone number of your dentist.

In the case of an accident that involves the mouth, such as the loss of a tooth, the first thing that should be done, is to rinse with warm salt water. Pain can be relieved with traditional non-prescription medications, such as Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Motrin or Tylenol. In the case of severe injuries where the inner layers of the tooth such as the dentin and nerves have incurred some damage, they can be covered with sugar free gum. There may also be some that contain sealants, that can protect the exposed area, but the effects may only last for 48 hrs.

Some incidents that may appear as emergencies, may be treated at home until professional care is available but if any of the following symptoms appear without incident, it may be time to seek assistance from emergency dental care facilities.

• Swelling of the face accompanied by a toothache, can indicate a tooth or gum infection, and should be treated as soon as possible.

• Uncontrollable bleeding after an extraction suggests that there may be some damage done, and if swelling of the mouth or face increases, it could be a sign of other serious conditions that deserve immediate attention.

If your tooth is dislodged or knocked on trauma, do not panic, there are some procedure available as part of emergency dental care that can save the tooth.

If you can retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown and rinse it off with water. Try to put it back in the socket in the same position. Don’t try to force it. If it cannot be reinserted, put the tooth in a small container that contains milk or water with a pinch of salt. You can also use some material that promotes cell growth, such as Save-a-Tooth. The best chances of restoring teeth that have been knocked out are possible if you see your dentist with one hour.

Three Steps to Good Oral Health

Posted on February 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

When it comes to oral hygiene, many people believe that brushing their teeth once a day, usually in the morning, is sufficient. This is far from the truth and research has shown that maintaining good oral hygiene can dramatically improve your way of life. Poor oral hygiene leads to bad breath, broken teeth, infections, missing teeth and more, which directly affects the way we lead our lives and function, not to mention what and how we eat. What makes matters worse is that new research indicates that poor oral hygiene is directly related to heart disease, diabetes, strokes and even low-weight babies at childbirth and pre-term labor, due to the bacteria in the mouth leaking into the bloodstream. Below are 3 simple steps that you can follow to ensure good oral health for you and your family.

Step 1 – Visit your Dentist Regularly – He/She Misses You

Only a trained professional can help you spot the wrong you are doing to your teeth and gums. Regular check-ups with your dentist will help you treat the current problems you have in your mouth, as well as prevent problems that may arise in the future. Your trained professional will look for signs of oral disease, dental cavities and more. It is also said that some cancerous lesions start in the mouth, so making the time for regular trips to your dentist may just save your life.

Step 2 – Follow a Strict Oral Hygiene Regime on a Daily Basis

If you are not using fluoride based toothpaste, you need to get some right away. Fluoride toothpaste is the only dental hygiene product that properly removes bacteria and plaque that causes gum disease (periodontal disease), dental cavities, and proximal caries. You need to make sure that you brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day – more if possible.

Flossing is also a major part of good oral health. Many people forget to floss, or just don’t bother doing it. Flossing at least once a day will dramatically increase your oral health. Without flossing you are only cleaning about 2 thirds of the surface of your teeth, leaving the bacteria and plaque to wreak havoc on the rest of your teeth and gums. Make flossing a ritual before you brush your teeth in the morning.

Step 3 – Eat Well for Good Strong Teeth and Gums

Eating healthily is not only good for your general well-being; it is also good for your oral health. Many nutrients that your body receives from healthy food are used to ward of cavities in your mouth and keep your gums healthy. Doctors also recommend that you stay away from too much candy and sticky sweets, and cut down on the amount of sugar in your diet if you want to maintain a healthy mouth. Another thing to remember is the 5-a-day rule for fruits and veggies, as these stimulate the salivary flow which aids in the re-mineralization of decaying teeth.

If you are looking to maintain your oral health, doctors also recommend that you do not touch tobacco products and cut down on your alcohol consumption. The use of these products individually may lead to some mouth cancers, and if used in combination will have an even greater effect on, not only your oral hygiene, but your general well-being as well.

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