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Some helpful hints thanks to the ADA.

*Eating a healthy diet is important for you and for your unborn child. A baby's teeth begin to form in the second month of pregnancy. By eating a healthy, balanced diet, you can help your baby develop healthy teeth. This includes getting the right amounts of protien, vitamins A, C and D, and minerals like calcium and phosphorous. If you don't get enough of these nutrients, your child's tooth enamel may not form normally. This may make your child more likely to develop cavities later in life.

During pregnancy, many women feel hungry between meals. While this is a normal urge, frequent snacking on sugary foods can invite tooth decay. Choose healthy foods when you need a between-meal snack. For tips on how to eat a balanced diet, visit www.choosemyplate.gov

A mother's decay-causing bacteria can be passed to her child, so it is important to make sure your mouth is healthy before your child is born.

Tell your dentist if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant soon. Continue to see your dentist regulary while you are pregnant for oral exams, necessary treatment and teeth cleaning. It is generally safe to have dental treatment during this time.

Pregnancy hormones can make your gums more sensitive to plaque, the sticky film of bacteria on your teeth.  The plaque on your teeth can make your gums red, tender, and likely to bleed easily when you brush your teeth. This condition is an early form of gum disease called gingivitis.

Since gums of pregnant women can be extra-sensitive, they can be more likely to get gingivitis. And gingivitis can lead to more serious diseases of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. This is why your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during your pregnancy to help you avoid problems.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner can reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease.

We have just added a great new Radio show segment from this month that Dr Szafarek did on WILI AM with Wayne Norman.  She talks extensively about the benefits and the dangers of taking, prescribing and also the proper way to discard of prescription drugs. Alot of useful information for all.

That's Right!  We have been advised that we are now Preferred Provider for Cigna Radius!  So, not only do we partcipate with Delta Dental Premier plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, we can now add Cigan Radius to our list.  I know that this might bring a couple of questions to light for a lot of people. So, please don't hesitate to ask. I can tell you that we do know of a couple of local businesses that have dental plans through Cigna Radius like; Simoniz USA, Inc, Charter Oak Health Center, United Rentals, Inc, Bayer Corp, Ruby Tuesday, Inc,  just to name a few. Please let others know this news. You never know if you know someone that isn't all that happy with their Dental Home, but are not aware of their options.

We are coming to the end of the year, and we have noticed that not all of our patients have taken advantage of their insurance benefits. I do have a couple of different thought paths on this.

For some of our patients this means that certian insurance plans state that each patient must have 2 cleaningscheck ups throughout the year to stay compliant with their plans. Not only will these patients not be taking advantage of their "free" cleaning, but in some cases will be fined for not doing so. So that is extra money coming out of your pocket. 

For others there is the fact that some patients know that they have some work that needs to be done and have made a decision to not take care of it "right now". (Everyone has different reasons for this)   If you are someone that has insurance and has work to be done, take some time to see how much is left on your insurance "allowance" for the year.  You are paying every month to have that "allowance".  Why aren't using it? The chances that your insurance "allowance" will be getting bigger are pretty slim, but the dental work that needs to be done will. Our bodies are amazing feates of nature, but unfortunately they don't reverse our oral health without some ouside help. If you have insurance take advantage of the plan that you already pay for, because if you don't use it you will loose it.

Also, take a look into whether or not you have met your deductible on your plan. This is a fee that will be reset at the beginning of your plan year. For some it is as low as $25, but for others I have see them as high as $150. So, if you have met you deductible for the year, and you have some work that needs to be taken care of that is one less fee that you have to take into consideration.

If you have questions about your plan, please feel free to give us a call. We might not be able to answer your question at that moment but we are happy to help get you some answers.

Food for thought:  "There is no less costly or less painful time to do your dentistry than now"

 

We have been asked many times if we knew of any supplementary insurance plans, and we didn't really have much helpful information. Well, Kristi had the privilege of meeting Christine Denaker, whom is affiliated with Aflac, at the last Windham Chamber of Commerce meeting last week. We now have some pamphlets in the office and Christine's cards to hand out. We can not recommend any insurance company or plan, but at least sometimes we are able to give some information to our patients that will help them make an informed choice that works best for themselves. If you are interested in contacting Christine Denaker directly you can email her :  [email protected]

Hope this helps!





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