Posts From December, 2010

Interpreting Tooth Pain

Symptom #1: Momentary hot or cold sensitivity to foods or drinks. Possible Problem: May not be a problem. You may have experienced some minimal gum recession exposing sensitive portions of your teeth. Or you may be clenching your teeth while you sleep and the following day the teeth are more sensitive. There could also be […]


Teeth Whitening

Whitening is a bleaching process that gently lightens stained or discolored teeth. Whitening uses a safe and effective gel designed to produce oxygen when in contact with the surface of the teeth. The outer layer of each tooth, called the enamel, contains pores that can hold stains. The whitening process virtually erases stains and brightens […]


Dental Cleaning in Sherwood OR

Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO)

In Preferred Provider Organization programs you must choose from a specific group of dentists who have agreed to provide minimal dental care for the contracted cost. Participating dentists have agreed to discount their fees so they can be a part of the program, and must often limit treatment options. Treatment choices are usually limited to […]


Indemnity or UCR Dental Insurance

Indemnity or UCR plans are the most common insurance programs. The initials UCR stands for Usual, Customary and Reasonable. In these programs you may find a dentist of your choice and the dentist is paid on a traditional “fee for service” basis. Monthly premiums are paid to the insurance company by employers. Indemnity plans often […]


Capitation or HMO Dental Plans

Capitation plans are another form of managed care. They are also called a Dental Health Maintenance Organization or HMO. Participating dentists are paid a set amount for each person enrolled in the plan, rather than for actual treatment provided and whether they visit the dentist or not. Unfortunately, this type of plan encourages a “significant […]


Home Dental Care Tips

Regular home dental cleaning and hygiene are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids […]


Direct Reimbursement Dental Insurance

In Direct Reimbursement programs, your employer reimburses you directly for part or all your dental treatment. Usually all types of treatment are covered and you can see any dentist you choose. In addition, you are free to choose the quality of care with which you are most comfortable. The American Dental Association views this as […]


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