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Dental Fear in Kids Can be Brought on By Parents
Last Updated on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 11:50 Written by Dental Education Blog Tuesday, 4 December 2012 11:50
A study conducted by scientists in Madrid, Spain has revealed that there is a connection between the amounts of fear parents exude in regards to a dental visit to that of their children. What is most prevailing about this study is that although it has been confirmed that the fear levels of parents were associated with that of their children, the role of the father and mother play differently into this phenomenon.
Author of the study América Lara Sacido explains that “Along with the presence of emotional transmission of dentist fear amongst family members, we have identified the relevant role that fathers play in transmission of this phobia in comparison to the mother.” In this research of 183 children aged seven to 12, Lara Sacido concluded that “Children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful.”
To help children experience less fear at the dentist the study suggested that dental visits involve both the mothers and fathers and help the child minimize anxiety by showcasing that dental fear need not exist. The dental practices working with children were encouraged to work with the parents to relax them to ensure that the children would relax as well. “Through the positive emotional contagion route in the family, the right attitude can be achieved in the child so that attending the dentist is not a problem,” Lara Sacido concluded.
Dental Financing & Dental Credit
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 09:48 Written by Dental Education Blog Monday, 9 January 2012 04:14
A lot of dentists and especially cosmetic dentists are offering dental financing to their patients to help them to pay for dental procedures. Patients who don’t have dental insurance or are opting to receive dental treatments that aren’t covered by insurance are good candidates for this type of third-party financing. When patients receive dental financing they are getting help and spreading out their dental costs over a time period that they can afford with terms that work with their personal situations. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding patient financing and the answers.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Financing?
Dental financing gives you access to dental care that would ordinarily be out of reach because of the cost. Cosmetic dentistry treatments are especially expensive because most dental insurance companies will not cover them because they are considered elected as opposed to necessary. Most dental financing companies offer loan rates that are customized according to your credit history and the terms that you choose. This offers many patients flexibility and the ability to get needed or desired dental care.
Why Would I Choose Dental Financing Over my Credit Card?
While a credit card may be an attractive choice for financing your dental treatment their rates are often variable as well as higher. This means that you will probably pay more in interest over the length of your loan.
What About Financing Through a Bank?
You may be considering taking out a personal loan from your bank or credit union to pay for your dental expenses. Dental financing companies generally offer attractive plans with fixed rates that are usually lower with more flexible payment terms.
What Are Some Dental Procedures That Aren’t Covered by Dental Insurance?
Most cosmetic dentistry treatments are not covered by dental insurance and patients who elect to get these treatments may want to consider dental financing to help cover the costs. Procedures like teeth whitening, veneers, dental bonding and smile makeovers are treatments that are most often not covered by dental insurance because they are cosmetic procedures and are not often necessary.
Dental insurance companies usually only cover procedures that are needed. As such there are generally three different categories that dental procedures are broken into:
- Preventative- Routine cleanings, x-rays, sealants and fluoride all fall into this category.
- Restorative- Fillings, extractions, root canals and inlays/onlays may be considered restorative dental treatments.
- Major- Crowns, bridges, dentures, partials and dental implants are generally considered major procedures.
How Can I Apply for Dental Financing?
Applying for dental financing is easy especially if your dentist offers it. Consult with your dentist or the financing or office manager to determine what dental financing companies they work with and to see if they can help you reach your smile goals.
Can Poor Dental Health Lead to Pneumonia?
Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2011 09:55 Written by Dental Education Blog Friday, 30 December 2011 09:55
Yale University says so.
The oral systemic health study, presented this past October at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting in Boston, was headed by Dr. Samit Joshi of Yale University School of Medicine.
Researchers found changes in bacteria in the mouth preceded the development of pneumonia.
What does this mean to us?
Although many more studies need to be done on both oral systemic dentistry as a whole, and this specific connection between pneumonia and poor oral health, this preliminary info at the very least suggests we can learn more, together with our dentists, to improve at-home prevention protocol and enhance in-office screening procedures.
It also means we can all pay attention to taking care of our teeth and gums.
According to a recent article from The Telegraph reporting on the Yale University study, poor oral health has been associated with respiratory diseases for a number of years, as bacterial chest infections are thought to be caused by breathing in fine droplets from the throat and mouth into the lungs.
This can cause infections, such as pneumonia, or could worsen an existing condition.
The Telegraph article goes on to mention how past oral systemic health studies have even suggested a higher mortality rate from pneumonia in people with higher numbers of gum problems.
Dr. Joshi concluded that this process “suggests that changes in oral bacteria play a role in the risk for developing pneumonia.”
So aside from diabetes, heart disease, stroke, premature birth, and problems with conception, it looks like we can now add pneumonia to the possible risks associated with poor dental health.
Besides the Brush & Floss 2x per Day…What Can We Do as Dental Patients?
Primarily, we can continue to read and share the informative beneficial dental health info published by ACE Dental Education. So remember to share this info with your loved ones when you’re through reading!
We can also communicate more with our dental health practitioners – whether it’s a hygienist or oral maxillofacial surgeon.
Simply opening the lines of communication between dentists and patients, will ultimately allow us to gain a greater knowledge of oral systemic health issues, and maybe take steps in everyday life to protect our teeth and gums…along with everything else.
Dental patients also need to educate themselves to the dangers of less than optimal oral health, just as it is incumbent on our trusted family dentists to educate us.
If We Only See Our Dentist Twice a Year, How Can We Keep Up with all this Dental Health Info?
The best dentists in town are not only good at dentistry; they’re also good at communicating with their respective local communities.
The best dentists tirelessly promote optimal oral health like an election year Presidential candidate.
They accomplish this molar media blitz by effectively utilizing popular communication channels; and by actually having face to face conversations with their people in their community, friends, families, colleagues, and us – dental patients.
Whether through the thrice annual office visit or with the help of their websites, dental newsletters, direct mail, blog posts, social media shares, digital word of mouth, Google+ Circles…and so on and so on and so on…technology and personal communication habits have merged to give us this social sharing dental space of beneficial overall health information.
So the next time your dentist cares enough to share the social dental info, give them a little love.
Ask questions if you have them; then spread the info amongst your friends, followers, and virtual connections!
Anyone know how else can we lend a little social street cred to our trusted neighborhood dentists?
The above article is a guest posting by Social Dental Network:
Social Dental Network is a consortium of dental advocates bent on communicating beneficial dental health information and promoting eradication of the cavity creeps. Generating return on social media engagement, increasing local online visibility, & amplifying digital word of mouth for neighborhood dental practices is what we do.
Determine Your Risk for Gum Disease
Last Updated on Wednesday, 7 December 2011 04:45 Written by Dental Education Blog Wednesday, 7 December 2011 04:45
There are literally millions of people who have gum disease but are unaware of the infection that is developing in their mouths. Below are some factors that contribute to gum disease. Although the below should not be used as dental advice it should be considered as a useful bit of information that you can use to determine if you are at a higher risk than most.
The chances of developing gum disease increase with age. Research indicates that older people have the highest rates of gum disease and need to do more to maintain their dental health.
Studies show that although women tend to take better care of their oral health than men, their oral health is not decidedly better than men’s. This can be attributed to the many hormonal fluctuations women experience throughout their lives.
If your gums bleed it may be a sign of gum disease. If your gums bleed regularly, you should consider getting checked out.
Teeth that become loose due to gum disease do so because the disease causes the deterioration of fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. If you have loose teeth it may be because of gum disease.
Amongst other health problems smoking can be one of the most significant factors in the development and progression of gum disease.
Dental Health Care
Regular brushing and flossing help to reduce the formation of calculus on your teeth. Although brushing and flossing contribute to healthy teeth and gums they alone cannot completely prevent calculus from forming. Brushing and flossing must be combined with professional dental cleanings which are recommended every six months.
Existing Health Problems
If you have cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes or Alzheimer’s there is research that suggests that gum disease may be linked to these conditions. Scientists believe that the bacteria in the mouth associated with gum disease can travel into the blood stream and pose threats to other parts of the body.
Research has shown that much of the US population, up to 30%, may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. If you or anyone in your family has a history of gum disease or tooth loss you may be at a higher risk for gum disease. Also, research shows that the bacteria from gum disease can travel through saliva putting families and couples at risk for contracting the disease.
Find a dentist who can help you.