Choosing a Dental Plan

While taking a decision on a discounted dental plan, it is important to be fully informed so that one can make a confident decision. The internet would be great tool to search for various plans in your area and compare them. Keeping the cost and benefits offered in mind, an informed decision can be made against the backdrop of your needs. Joining or enrolling in any of these plans is easy and quick; you just have to pay the fee using your credit card or electronic check and get the package online, in a matter of minutes. Many of these packages come with a 30 day money back guarantee, which means if you are not satisfied with the package or services, you can get your money back within 30 days without any questions being asked.

Many discounted dental plans offer ways to save on more than dental care, offering discounts on pharmacy prescriptions, vision etc. Keep these in mind while comparing the plans over on True Dental Discounts.

Dental Care – Budget Options

According to a study, 79% of low income people without dental insurance are not aware of any affordable options for dental care.  The good news is there are affordable option,  you just have to know where to look.

These low-cost dental care resources may be available in your community:

  • Dental schools. Many dental schools offer low cost dental work at a reduced cost.  The dental care is provided by the students, under the direction of a trained professor.
  • Community health centers. Some Cities have community programs that offer low cost or in some cases even free dental care.  These programs are run by volunteers that want to help give back to the community.  So check with you local municipality to find these community programs.
  • Discount dental plans. These plans are usually less expensive than dental insurance.  Discount dental plans are a very inexpensive option to get a lot of savings on your dental bills.  These programs work by giving you access to a network of dentists that have agreed to work at a discounted rate, in exchange for more business.  These discounts can range from 20-60% off and normally cost as little as $5.95 a month.

Certain dentists will take payment plans, so if the above options are not enough you can call around to find a dentist that will do the work with just a little money up front.  You then can agree to make monthly payments to pay for your work.

Dental Plans for People in their 30’s

Are you in your 30’s or do you know someone who is and they’re searching for an affordable and reliable dental plan? Well look no further… True Dental Discounts offers a few dental plan options that are designed to fit anyone’s budget. Simply visit any or all of the links below to find the perfect dental plan for your needs.

If you have any questions or if you would like more information about discount dental plans provided by True Dental Discounts then call us at 1-800-272-1928.

Protecting your teeth from sports injuries

Sports are a great way to stay active, but they can wreak havoc on a person’s teeth in case of an injury. This is especially true for contact sports such as football, hockey and basketball. One of the best ways to protect your teeth is by using a mouth guard. These plastic protectors can prevent broken teeth or tissue damage in the case of a stray ball, tough tackle, or other impact to the face. The three main types of mouth guards are stock, “boil and bite,” and custom – each offering differing levels of protection for a range of prices. Stock mouth guards can be found in any sporting goods store and are already pre-formed.

Depending on the size of the athlete’s mouth, these may not fit well and can be uncomfortable. They do, however, still provide a minimal amount of protection. “Boil and bite” guards can also be purchased at sporting good stores, but these are able to be fitted to a person’s mouth by allowing the plastic to become flexible in hot water and then molding them around the teeth. This is usually a better option than stock mouth guards, but they can be a bit pricier, running up to $40 or so. The final option of custom mouth guards are the most expensive, but they also provide the highest level of protection. These guards are typically made by a dentist and are designed to custom-fit an athlete’s mouth. A dentist takes an impression of the person’s mouth and then fills it with plaster to create a model of that individual’s teeth and gums. Custom mouth guards are generally the most comfortable and are priced anywhere from $100 to a few hundred dollars.

The American Dental Association highly recommends wearing a mouth guard during all sporting activities, particularly for people who have braces. Braces can easily cut into gums and other soft tissue, creating an extra hazard for their wearers. It’s important to make an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist to discuss your options for wearing a mouth guard. With the addition of this small safety precaution, you can help ensure that you have a beautiful smile all year round.

Myths about proper toothbrush care

You’ve used a toothbrush to care for your teeth your whole life. But do you know how to care for your toothbrush? Test your knowledge with these myths and facts:

  • Myth: Rinsing a toothbrush cleanses it of any bacteria.
  • Fact: While it is a good idea to thoroughly rinse a toothbrush after using it to clear it of any debris or toothpaste, water cannot remove germs the brush has picked up in your mouth. For this reason, it is important to not let your toothbrush lean against or touch another person’s toothbrush. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, toothbrushes should be allowed to air dry and stored in an upright position, away from other brushes.
  • Myth: It is OK to share a toothbrush with a family member.
  • Fact: Sharing toothbrushes increases your risk for infection because it allows for an exchange of body fluids (saliva). This is especially important to remember for people who have contagious diseases or weakened immune systems.
  • Myth: It is a good idea to soak a toothbrush in mouthwash to disinfect it.
  • Fact: In addition to not being necessary, soaking toothbrushes in mouthwash can eventually lead to cross-contamination, either because multiple people’s brushes have touched the same solution or because the same person has exposed a brush to the solution over an extended period of time.
  • Myth: Toothbrushes should be disinfected in a dishwasher or microwave.
  • Fact: Putting a toothbrush through a cycle in the dishwasher or microwave can damage the brush.
  • Myth: Toothbrushes must only be replaced after each visit to the dentist.
  • Fact: It is important to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months – or sooner if the brush appears to be splayed. The CDC suggests that the mechanical effectiveness of a brush is reduced after a few months of wear, therefore decreasing its ability to eliminate plaque.

For more information about the proper care of toothbrushes, talk to a dentist on your True Dental Discounts, dental plan.

Did you know?

• Chewing four pieces of xylitol gum each day while you’re pregnant may decrease the baby’s caries (tooth decay) rate, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
• Almost one in four people age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
• Some heart patients are advised to take antibiotics before undergoing dental procedures. The American Dental Association suggests these patients include those with artificial heart valves and certain congenital heart defects.
• Mothers who have poor oral health can infect their unborn children with bacteria that cause cavities at a young age, according to the AAPD.

Ways of Communicating with your doctor over the Internet

In the past, it could be difficult to get in contact with your doctor or have personal communication. Doctors are busy, and an office visit, let alone a phone call, is rare. Now, thanks to the Internet, patients and doctors are establishing a much more immediate connection. Consider these tips from the Mayo Clinic to increase the success of your online interactions:

  1. Keep your online topics reasonable: In other words, don’t e-mail your doctor if you’re experiencing chest pain or another serious condition. Call 911 and get immediate help.
  2. Keep your messages short: Don’t send your doctor drawn-out histories and stories about your health. Write simply and effectively.
  3. Keep your contact secure: Do not send private health messages from a public computer, such as one at work or at the library. Messages sent from these places may not remain confidential, and your privacy may be compromised.
  4. Make sure you have an established connection: Online visits are most effective when doctors and patients already have an established history with one another. It’s much harder to be diagnosed or receive help when you’ve never had a face-to-face meeting with a doctor or constructed a medical history.

Talk to your doctor and ask if he or she conducts virtual visits online. If so, discuss the ways you can best make use of this technology and get personalized tips. You could be saving time and money in no time!

The causes of bad breath

Everyone battles a case of bad breath occasionally. But what can you do if you notice that bad breath – also known as halitosis – becomes a frequent problem? The first step to eliminating a foul odor is to determine its cause. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of bad breath include food, dental problems and tobacco products.

  • In the case of food, particles that break down in your mouth can result in bad breath, particularly if the food contains “volatile oils.” Common examples are onions and garlic, both of which can cause a person to have bad breath for up to three days after consumption! The reason they stay around for so long is because the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually moved into the lungs.
  • People who have poor dental hygiene habits are also prone to bad breath. Forgetting to brush and floss frequently means that food gets stuck in between teeth, gathering bacteria and eventually causing a foul odor. The same goes for people who wear dentures: they must be cleaned in order to maintain fresh breath.
  • Not surprisingly, tobacco is a frequent cause of halitosis. Products like cigarettes dry out the mouth and come with their own pungent odor, which is then continued long after the cigarette is put out. Not to mention, tobacco users are more likely to have dental problems, which only compounds the situation as explained above.
  • Interestingly, one other cause of bad breath – which most people refer to as “morning breath” – comes as a result of an overly dry mouth. The Mayo Clinic explains that during sleep, dead cells accumulate on a person’s tongue and then decompose, causing a foul odor. This is especially true for people who sleep with their mouth open, allowing air to further dry out the mouth, tongue and cheeks.

If you have trouble with bad breath, talk to your dentist about other possible causes and treatments. With a little help, you’ll be on your way to a minty smile. If you would like to save on dental procedures then visit True Dental Discounts dental plans.

What should I know about sedation at the dentist?

Although most dental visits are for preventative purposes and require no anesthesia, in some cases, you may need to undergo a more complex procedure. In such an instance, your dentist may recommend using anesthesia. Depending on the procedure, you may need just a simple sedative to help you relax. These include anti-anxiety agents and can be applied along with a local sedative, according to the American Dental Association. Once provided, a patient will become moderately sedated but will still be responsive to touch or verbal instructions.

For more complex procedures – such as tooth extractions – your dentist may recommend drugs to induce a deep sedation. Under this type of sedation, a patient loses feeling in the intended area and reaches a reduced state of consciousness. Some patients also elect to undergo general anesthesia, which causes the patient to lose complete consciousness for the duration of the procedure. This is often used during wisdom tooth extraction, but the ADA suggests it can also be used for children who have extreme anxiety at the dentist or for people with disabilities that make it difficult to control movement. In order to make safety the highest priority during procedures with anesthesia, you as the patient should be sure to communicate the following information to your True Care Advantage discount dental plan dentist ahead of time:

  • Any current or past illnesses or health conditions;
  • Any medications taken, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements;
  • Any allergies to medications.

With this information, your dentist can help you make informed decisions about your dental care.

Latex allergies and your oral health

People who frequently come into contact with products containing natural rubber latex may develop an allergy to this common ingredient. While typically found in household products like balloons, pacifiers, tires, and shoes, latex is also found in many medical items like masks, gloves, and bandages. Because of this, it is important to identify any sensitivity you may have toward latex and inform your health care professional. According to the American Dental Association, people at increased risk of developing latex allergies include health care workers, those who have undergone numerous surgeries, and rubber industry workers.

Someone with a sensitivity to latex products may exhibit symptoms ranging from minor irritations like nasal congestion to severe anaphylaxis that could be life-threatening if not treated. If you know or suspect you are allergic to natural rubber latex, be sure to tell your True Care Advantage discount dental plan dentist prior to your next appointment. He or she will then make a note to use latex-free alternatives at all subsequent visits to protect you from a reaction. For more information, talk to your doctor or dentist about your symptoms and their possible causes. Together, you can work to create the optimal environment for your health.