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4 Reasons Why You Should Use Your 2017 Dental Benefits Before You Lose Them

Posted by Darren Martin on Dec 12, 2017 5:33:01 PM

The end of the year is coming up fast! While it may seen like only weeks ago that you were ringing in the new year and enjoying the spring and summer, it's coming up on year end. And the end of the year doesn't just mean that it's time for colder weather and family holiday celebrations. 

Your dental benefits expire each year as well. Whether you use an HMO, PPO or another type of dental insurance, your benefits renew each year in January. If you have funds remaining available to you in your dental insurance plan, they will be completely lost if not used before December 31.

When you have dental insurance, it's important to get the full value of your benefits before the end of the year. Don't miss out on the great advantages to using your dental insurance benefits before the New Year.

Your Deductible Renews Every Year



If you've used your dental insurance this year, you may have had to pay some of your deductible. Just like your benefits, your deductible renews each year on January 1 as well. This means that you'll need to start over from $0. 

If you make sure to use your dental insurance before the end of the year with your local South Carolina dentist, you'll continue to be credited for everything you've already paid against your deductible. And if you've paid down your deductible entirely, your dental work will be fully covered, within the limits of your plan.
 
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Don't miss out on your Flexible Spending benefits!



Your health care flexible spending plan will lose any unused funds as of December 31. This is your money that you've dedicated to health care expenses - you don't want to see it go to waste. You can use your plan to cover any kind of uncovered expenses, from your annual deductible to types of dental work that are only partially covered by your dental benefits.

Each year, you put money into your flexible spending plan so that you'll have tax-exempt money on hand to meet your health care needs. You can act now before the end of the year to put your benefits toward the dental work that will improve your health and your life. There's no need to put it off; take advantage of the year-end rollover to access the benefits you've paid for.
 
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Take Care of your Teeth To Save in the Future



You've heard the saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" It's true also for dental treatment. If you have any concerns, taking proactive treatment steps now can help to save you pain and expenses down the line. 

Instead, contact your local South Carolina dentist to address your dental concerns and get your teeth into great oral health. You can get a head start on any emerging dental issues and stop hundreds or thousands of dollars from being abandoned to your insurance company.

Free Preventive Care is Usually Included!



If you haven't seen us for a cleaning or basic checkup in over six months, you are likely to be due for a free checkup under most major dental insurance plans.

Nearly all dental insurance providers, such as Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Delta and Humana, cover free annual or biannual cleanings, exams and x-rays. If you don't use that benefit before December 31, you'll have to wait to make use of next year's benefit.

Dental exams are important to find out the state of your teeth and keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. They are important preventive care that helps to avoid gum disease and dental problems, and the expensive treatment that can accompany them.

As the year comes to a close, don't miss out on taking full advantage of your dental benefits. From using your flexible spending plan to its full extent to ensuring your preventive care needs are met, your South Carolina dentist at Davis and Dingle can help you care for your oral health. Give us a call today to set up an appointment and make a consultation for your dental care plan.
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Topics: Emergency Dentist, Dental Benefits, Columbia SC

The 9 Things You Need To Know About Veneers!

Posted by Darren Martin on Sep 10, 2015 3:00:00 PM

You probably see someone with veneers everyday--and sometimes you can't even tell! That's because veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. 

Though common, many people still don't know the benefits of veneers. That's why we've got you covered!


Here are 7 things you need to know about veneers:

1. Veneers Can Give Your Teeth the Perfect Color

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2. Veneers Can Improve Your Dental Bite

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3. Veneers Can Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease

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4. They Are the Best Looking Replacement For Old Fillings

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5. Veneers Can Stabalize Loose Teeth

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6. Veneers Can Change the Size and Shape of Your Teeth

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7. Veneers Can Straighten Your Teeth

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8. Veneers Can Improve Self Confidence and Self Esteem

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9. Veneers Can Take Up to 10 Years Off of Your Apperance 

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Veneers are a perfect way to make you feel better and look better! Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry specializes in veneers and making peoples smiles better each day. Many of our patients and employees have taken the chance to experience the awesomeness of veneers and you should too!

 


 

 

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Topics: Family dentistry, missing teeth, veneers, Cosmetic Dentistry, HubSpot Tips, Dental Benefits, Columbia SC, Dentist in Columbia, SC, Dental Veneers

4 Ways To Spot Gum Disease

Posted by Darren Martin on May 27, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Left untreated, gum disease could lead to a number of systemic issues—including increasing the risk of a heart attack. We can prevent, or treat, gum disease—but first you have to find out if you are at-risk for gum disease! Here are the top 4 ways to spot gum disease. 

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away-

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Gum disease is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Improper brushing, flossing and overall oral healthcare can cause plaque build up. If you have persistent bad breath, your chances for gum disease are higher than others. While not all with bad breath have gum disease, it is an important factor to consider when visiting your dentist. 

Red or swollen gums-

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Inflammation in the gums usually comes from accumulated bacteria that have attached to your healthy gums. If your gums are swollen or red, this is one of the largest signs of gum disease and you should consult with your dentist on proper steps to alleviate the problem.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing or Eating Hard Food

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Gum disease makes your gums very weak and thus, brushing, flossing or even eating certain foods can make your gums bleed. Pay special attention to your gums as you floss or brush. Though not all bleeding comes from gum disease (sometimes you’re just brushing too hard), blood in the gums is something to monitor. Consult with your dentist if you have persistent bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Sores in your mouth

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Sores in your mouth is a large sign of gum disease. It means bacteria has accumulated and is affecting the region so much that it is infiltrating your system. If you have sores in your mouth, see a dentist immediately to be tested for gum disease or other systemic issues. 

Here at Davis and Dingle, we pride ourselves on offering you excellent information and excellent service if you think you may have gum disease, don't fret! Let us do a quick and efficient exam and start you on your path to wellness.

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, blood when brushing, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits, gum disease, heart problems

10 ways to know you have bad breath

Posted by Darren Martin on Apr 15, 2013 5:24:00 PM

bad breathIf people tend to rub their noses or step back and start talking, you should get a clue. Also, if everything seems to be going well but your date suddenly pulls away when you go in for a kiss, bad breath may be the problem.

There are nine other ways to tell that you have a problem with bad breath.

1) Ask
Some people try to get a whiff of their breath by cupping the hand to the nose and sniffing. This only gives you the smell of your hand.  The human body tends to adopt so that you can smell other beings and things apart from yourself so you cannot an odor just by breathing into your hand.

If you see people tending to move away from you when you speak, ask someone whether you have bad breath. They may  have noticed it but avoided telling you because they didn't want to embarrass you.

2) Use a kit: 
If you are too embarrassed to ask, use a home testing kit to test your breath. The kits are available in chemists and they are very well priced. One version of it is a pocket-sized kit.  If the kit comes out clear after you put some saliva on it, you are in the clear but if comes out blue, your breath is less than fresh.


Whether you want to be sure that your breath is fresh before you step in for a job interview or ahead of a date, you can quickly use the kit and remedy the problem with a breath mint or breath spray if necessary. There are different versions of it which the smallest ones similar to a pack of gum in size to fit in a pocket or purse.

3) Wrist test
You can also be able to tell whether your breath is stale by licking the inside of the wrist, leaving this to dry for a minute and sniffing. The inner wrist is not constantly handling things so it can give you a true reading of your breath. You can also do this on the back of your hand. It works because if you have halitosis, sulphur salts will be transferred from your tongue to your skin.

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Another pointer to bad breath is a bad taste in your mouth. Your may not be able to smell your breath by cupping your hand to your noise and smelling it but you can certainly taste it.  You may notice an odor after a heavily spiced meal or after  taking an alcoholic or sugary drink.  Brushing and a swirl of mouthwash usually takes care of incidental causes of halitosis.

5) Halimeter test
The best way to test your breath is to have it checked at the dentist's office where it is tested with a halimeter.  A halimeter is an instrument that accurately measures the concentration of sulfide molecules in the breath and saliva.  There is a big difference in sulfide concentration between breath that is fresh and breath that is stale and this is the basis of the test.  The instrument is now widely used in dentists clinics and  it's the most accurate and honest way to test the state of your breath.

6) Testing with cotton
Another way to test is to with a piece of cotton gauze. Use some to wipe the back of the tongue and sniff it.  If it smells, then your breath smells. You may also see a yellow colored stain which is an indicator of higher than normal production of sulfide.

7) Testing with dental floss
You can find out if your breath is fresh using dental floss. Use some in between the teeth at the back which is where food particles are most likely to get caught. Smell the floss and you will get an idea of the odor others get whenbadbreath3 you speak.

8) Test with the mirror
Here is another method: stick out your tongue. Do this in front of mirror, bringing out your tongue as far as possible. If there is a white colored film on your tongue, you may have bad breath because of bacteria that lingers on this bio-film layer which keeps you emitting a bad smell.

9) The spoon test
You can also use a spoon to get to the back of the tongue. Invert a teaspoon and use it to scrap the back of your tongue. Do it gently so that you don't gag. If there is a whitish coating on the spoon, sniff it. It will most likely smell bad if there is a coating.

Help available
The first step to solving a problem is being aware of it. Take a first step with these nine testing methods or the first of paying attention to a tendency to turn away or step back when you speak. Then, take the next step of finding  effective solutions which are available.

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Topics: bad breath, get rid of bad breath, Dental Benefits

The 10 Dental Mistakes That May Require An Emergency Dentist

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 16, 2013 11:18:00 PM

If you have ever had to find an emergency dentist because you had excruciating pain, chances are that there are dental mistakes you have been making that led to such a situation.  Emergency trips  to the dentist  can be avoided if some dental mistakes are avoided.Dental Mistakes

1. Brushing too fast and too hard

Brushing too hard and too fast is actually scrubbing rather than brushing. This causes the enamel to erode so that with time, the teeth may become sensitive.  Gums can also start receding. It is enough to brush with firm strokes and not with a hard toothbrush.

2. Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic food and drinks
Acid is another thing that wears out the enamel. Brush your teeth at least half an hour after consuming something acidic or else you will be brushing the acid in and weakening the enamel.

3. Not brushing the teeth regularly
Ideally the teeth should be brushed after every meal so that the plaque does not get a chance to start causing havoc. This may be impractical but at the very least  teeth should be brushed at least twice a day.

4. Not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth
Another common mistake people make that could lead to a trip to an emergency dentist is not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth. A lot of people concentrate on the front surfaces and neglect the back of the teeth and the upper surfaces. With time, the plaque will start to eat into the teeth and cause cavities and loosen teeth as well as causing gum disease.

5. Not flossing
Flossing is as important as brushing. The fine thread gets in where brush bristles do not and it removes the fine scraps that will cause tooth decay as over time as plaque accumulates.
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6. Ignoring problems like bleeding gums
Signs like gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed should not be ignored. They are signs of a deeper underlying problem like gum disease. Some people just ignore this and other signs like bad breath that persists even soon after brushing.  It is not until there is excruciating pain or other symptom that a dentist is seen and most likely it will be an emergency dentist.

7. Not having regular check ups
This is something most of us dread right from childhood. This is mainly because we were taken to see the dentist for a aching tooth which has to be filled because there was a cavity. Dental visits were therefore associated with pain so even as grown-ups we tend to avoid the dentist. This is ironical because with frequent check-ups, problems can be caught early and addressed with no long or painful procedures.

8. Going for the least expensive and not necessarily the best dentist
Many people give priority to health insurance and many do not have adequate cover.  Standard health care policies don't include dental insurance so dental care visits have to be paid for out of pocket. Most people therefore opt for the cheapest dentist and don't bother to verify their credentials.

9. Not changing your toothbrush often which makes brushing ineffective
For a toothbrush to clean teeth well, the bristles have to be straight and firm. Toothbrushes should therefore be changed periodically because soft and bent bristles don't clean well. Even better, get an electric toothbrush that  cleans thoroughly every time.

10.  Excessive consumption of sugary and spicy foods and drinks

Diet and other lifestyle habits affect the state and appearance of the teeth. Those with an affinity for chocolates, candy, soda and other sugary things can expect cavities and frequent trips to an emergency dentist.  Smokers and  fans of spicy food can expect pronounced staining.

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Topics: Family dentistry, dental fillings, bad breath, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, HubSpot Tips, Dental Benefits

Things you need to know about Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Sep 17, 2012 1:48:00 PM

First impressions mean a lot; that split second when you meet someone for the first time can set the tone for your whole relationship and even prevent a relationship from growing. As human beings, our primary mode of communication is verbal, words coming from our mouths. This means that we instinctively look at each other’s mouths and faces when we talk to each other. Having a mouth full of discolored, chipped, or missing teeth will be noticed immediately. Many a job, friendship and romance have been kept from people, purely based on these first impressions. Fortunately, thanks to the world of cosmetic dentistry, those missed opportunities can be turned into doorways to success and happiness.Bright Smiles

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is one of medicine’s quickest growing areas. In recent year, the popularity of cosmetic procedures has grown and become an integral part of our oral hygiene and care. It not only improves your looks, but it also enhances your whole life by boosting confidence, contributing to oral health, and swaying that important first impression in your favor.

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Today, cosmetic dentistry is more than just fixing a chip or fitting a bridge, that is ancient history. The field has grown to include simple non-invasive procedures like teeth whitening and more involved procedures like periodontal surgery. Of course, with this heightened interest in the field comes the creation of new technologies that aid in the ease and effectiveness of cosmetic dental procedures. Here are some of the most popular procedures.

  • Whitening
  • Orthodontics and straightening
  • Implants
  • Fillings
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Periodontal surgery

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Clients Responsibility

After you have chosen your dentist, it is important to listen and follow the dentist’s instructions. Cosmetic dentistry is complicated because you are dealing with an area of you body that is in constant use, it’s relied on for communication an taking in sustenance and oxygen. Depending on the procedure, the look of your moth and teeth may be different from what you have been accustomed to, and that can take a little adjusting. Your teeth are extremely important and you dentist knows that; they will provide you with the options and aftercare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle. People’s mouths are like fingerprints, each one is unique and special to that person. Your cosmetic dentist will solve your dental problems, address you individual needs and expectation, and most definitely enhance your life by restoring your beautiful, healthy smile.

What kind of Materials Will I be Living With?

We all know the story that our first President, George Washington, had wooden dentures. But don’t worry; those days are long gone. Technology has contributed greatly to the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dentists now work with a variety of materials so that everyone can smile easily for a long time. Here are some of the materials used in cosmetic dentistry today.

  • Ceramic and porcelain have long been popular materials to use. Over time the compounds have changed and helped the material to increase its strength and reliability.
  • Resin is a newer compound that allows cosmetic dentists to adhere bridges and crowns in a near permanent fashion. The result is strong products with little or no chance of having to repeat the repair.
  • Cast gold was commonly used for implants; repairs were primarily gold with porcelain facing. Thanks to technology we are able to use different materials to improve on these procedures. Even glass and gemstones have been viable alternatives.

You will be very happy with the outcome of your cosmetic dentistry adventure. Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry is here to help. Erase years of abuse and neglect; obtain that perfect yet natural healthy smile you, your loved ones and the new people you meet, deserve.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, childrens teeth, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits

Optimizing your Dental Insurance in Columbia, South Carolina

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Oct 25, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Dental health is one of the foundations for excellent overall health. When it is time for your or a member of your family's bi-annual dental visit or any specialized dental procedures, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to cover the bill. Unless you want to pay for all of your family dentistry expenses out of your pocket, the best option is to be covered by a a dental plan.

What is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance provides a percentage of coverage for you and your family on most preventative and restorative dental procedures. Preventive, or routine cleanings may not be that expensive but when it comes to filling cavities, root canals, or replacing missing teeth, these procedures will be quite a bit more in price. That is where dental insurance becomes very helpful. Think of it like a coupon. It covers a portion of the cost of your services, but not the full amount. The annual benefit generally depends on the type plan you or your employer selects. So it is very important to read your policy carefully and ask your insurance provider questions so that you understand what your dental insurance covers and what it does not.

How do I Get Insurance?

Many employers offer dental insurance for you and your family. You pay for the premium out of your salary. If your employer does not offer dental insurance, you can buy it from a number agencies in South Carolina. Another option is to consult special interest groups that you belong to that may carry group dental insurance policies. These groups include: sororities or fraternities, churches, alumni associations, etcetera. What Are My Options? There are several different plans offered for family dentistry. A traditional dental plan allows you to pay your premium weekly or monthly, depending on the policy. These are found through your employer or an agent. A voluntary group plan is when you get a group of people together and purchase a plan. This helps with lowering the cost of insurance.

Why Should I Purchase Dental Insurance?

Dental Insurance is relatively inexpensive, especially when you look at how much you would spend on dental work in the the long run. You can save a significant amount of money and be assured that you are covered when an emergency arises.

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Again, when choosing your insurance coverage, make sure you read the policy carefully so that you know what is covered. Also take note to see if you can decide on what dentist you would like to see or if you are restricted. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is right for you and your family.

Topics: Family dentistry, oral health, Insurance, Dental Benefits