The year has a way of flying by. Before you know it, the holidays are here, and the last thing you’re thinking about is dental insurance. There are good reasons to do just that, though. Between the food, family, and festivities this season brings, take a moment to consider how you can make the most of your benefits before year’s end.
Here are a few reasons making that dental appointment now can really pay off. Continue reading The Clock is Ticking on Your Insurance Benefits
The link between gum disease and diabetes has been debated for some time. Researchers agree that the link exists, but the relationship is unclear. Are patients with diabetes more susceptible to gum disease, or is it the other way around? In recognition of National Diabetes Month, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has released some new guidelines on oral health for people with diabetes.
According to recent studies, a two-way relationship exists between oral health and diabetes. Gum disease, an infection of the soft tissues that support the teeth, increases blood sugar levels, which elevates the risk of diabetic complications. Patients who already have diabetes are more susceptible to infection, and therefore, more likely to contract the disease. The bottom line? Everyone, especially diabetics, needs to pay close attention to his or her oral health. Continue reading Important News for Patients with Diabetes
Many people avoid dental visits because of anxiety, stress, or fear. If you don’t like visiting the dentist, but sedation dentistry would be overkill, consider these tips:
- Tell the dentist and team that you don’t feel comfortable. They can do a few things to help you.
- Avoid caffeine before your visit.
- Bring an iPod to your appointment, and listen to music during your exam or procedure. Listen to soothing music before your visit, as well. Continue reading Enjoy Stress-Free Dental Visits with These Simple Preparations