May 1st, 2017
Bye-bye binky: Graduating from the pacifier

The pacifier is a parent’s best friend, but can also wind up being a nightmare. While it’s great for calming upset babies—and helping tired parents get a little sleep—some kids have a hard time giving pacifiers up when they get older, which can be a problem for developing teeth. Using pacifiers for the first year… Read more »

April 26th, 2017
Alzheimer’s Disease and Oral Health

Good oral health is a crucial part of overall health and well-being for all people, including those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Good oral health also makes eating and digesting food easier, which improves a person’s quality of life. However, Alzheimer’s can complicate oral health routines, which sometimes leads to dental problems. If you or someone you… Read more »

April 26th, 2017
Ask Hygienist Leah – Easing Dental Anxiety in Adults

By Leah Kinney, RDH, MS “I’m ashamed to admit it, but I get really nervous before a dental appointment. So much so, that I often put off seeing my dentist and hygienist until I have a problem with one of my teeth. Help!” I wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago about good behavior… Read more »

April 20th, 2017
How do you measure the value of your dental plan?

There’s more than one way to look at the value of your dental plan. You can compare network sizes, utilization rates and the money saved – but the effective discount, which measures savings on claims both in and out of the network – is the most accurate way to measure the value of your dental… Read more »

April 12th, 2017
The Numbers Behind the Network

How is your insurance company counting its dentists? The answer matters. One of the largest factors behind what kind of discount your dental benefits plan offers you is the size of its network – how many dentists are a part of their plans. But how they count those dentists matters.     Methods of counting… Read more »

April 11th, 2017
What would you do if your teeth never stopped growing?

A chat with the Easter Bunny about bunny teeth By Leah Kinney, RDH, MS   Have you ever wondered how animals take care of their teeth? As spring begins to take root, I sat down to chat with the Easter Bunny to learn how she keeps her teeth healthy throughout the year. Did you know… Read more »

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