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.

Tips and Eating techniques for healthy teeth

It’s not just what you eat that affects your oral health: It’s also how you eat it. According to the American Dental Association, following a few key tips can make a big difference in preventing decay. To protect your teeth, consider doing the following:

• If you’re going to eat sugary candies or foods, do it during a meal. The saliva produced while eating a full meal will help neutralize any damaging acids and rinse any lingering particles from your teeth.

• It’s better to eat foods that contain starches or sugars all at once, rather than gradually throughout the day. Each time a person eats these foods, harmful acids attack the teeth for at least 20 minutes.

• Chew sugarless gum after snacks to help increase saliva flow and minimize the potential for decay.

• Drink water with fluoride: Most public water sources contain this important additive, but be sure to check your bottled water, as well. Consuming fluoride can help prevent tooth decay.

By following these simple suggestions, you can help protect your teeth from the damage caused by foods and drinks. Talk to a dentist on your True Care Advantage plan to learn more about ways to prevent cavities, particularly when it comes to your children. Taking these crucial steps now could save you valuable time and money in the future.

Bottled water could harm your oral health

Many health experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day. But the type of water you drink may have an impact on your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, more and more Americans are drinking bottled water, which typically does not contain the recommended amount of fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. In most cases, bottled water is purified through a process of reverse osmosis or distillation. While this helps improve the taste, it also removes all the naturally occurring fluoride from the water. The same goes for at-home water purification filters in your fridge or attached to your faucet.

Most tap water, on the other hand, contains fluoride added by the city to help keep its residents healthy. The ADA recommends checking your bottled water packaging for its fluoride content. If it is not shown, contact the company and ask for the exact level. In order to help prevent tooth decay, water should contain at least .7 parts per million of fluoride (1 ppm = 1 mg/L). If you discover that your bottled water does not have enough fluoride, consider your daily routine to determine if you can get it from another source. Do you use purified or tap water when cooking? Do you drink city water at work or school?

If you have concerns, talk to a dentist on your True Care Advantage plan. The dentist will evaluate your teeth and help you decide the correct amount of fluoride needed for optimal oral health.

Oral health for organ transplant patients

There are numerous health risks associated with organ transplantation, but some of the lesser known risks are those that affect your mouth. People who undergo a transplant may be at greater risk for serious oral health issues, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Some of the side effects of transplant medication include dry mouth, gum disease, fungal infections, mouth ulcers and overgrown gums.

For this reason, it is important to visit your dentist prior to your transplant to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible. It is also imperative that your dentist and transplant doctor work together to create a treatment plan for you. They should particularly discuss your anti-rejection medications and their effects on your oral health.  The Institute also suggests that you take care of any cavities or other oral issues before the transplant.

After the procedure, continue working with both your doctor and your dentist to make sure you are staying healthy. Always bring a list of your medications to your dental appointments and express any concerns you may have about your mouth, teeth or gums. At home, you should be cognizant of changes in your mouth.

Inspect your mouth for patches, sores and ulcers, and continue brushing and flossing daily. If you notice any changes, be sure to contact your dentist right away. By working as a team, you can reduce your risk for complications and hasten your recovery. If you would like more information simply visit American Health Advantage and request information.

Effects of eating disorders on oral health

The consequences of an eating disorder to a person’s health can be dramatic: bones become weakened due to a depletion of calcium; skin bruises easily without the proper vitamins; critical bodily organs like the kidneys begin to shut down; and much, much more. Added to this long list are the harmful effects on a person’s oral health. Although both of the major types of eating disorders – bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa – negatively impact the mouth and teeth by causing nutritional deficiencies, bulimia is especially destructive.

This type of disorder is characterized by repeated binge eating, followed by purging through the use of vomiting, laxatives, and other methods. Not surprisingly, research has found that repeated, self-induced vomiting can cause erosion of tooth enamel. The strongly acidic nature of a person’s stomach acid leads to a host of other oral problems, not the least of which is tooth decay. (American Health Advantage)