Author: Chris Winters

How to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy

It can sometimes be a struggle to get kids to brush their teeth, but early life is the time to build good dental-care habits to help keep kids’ teeth healthy, experts say. Even though those baby teeth will fall out, poor dental hygiene early can cause long-term problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 percent of kids ages six to 11 had at least one cavity in permanent teeth in 2011 and 2012. “It’s not fun for the parent or the child to have to undergo local anesthetic to have a tooth filled...

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Is Open Enrollment a Good Time to Get Dental Insurance? Yes!

Open enrollment is all about health insurance to many people. They focus on their coverage options and the needs they might have in the coming year. But open enrollment should inspire you to think about dental insurance as well. Peggy Molero, telesales representative at Starmount, shared her tips on having a great experience in buying a dental insurance plan during open enrollment. Know Your Open Enrollment Situation At open enrollment, you may be losing group coverage or retiring and want to continue with an individual plan, Molero said. Or you may find it more affordable to purchase a standalone...

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How to Pick the Best Toothpaste

The best toothpaste. What does that even mean? With the wide variety of toothpastes available, the choice goes far beyond gel versus paste these days. How can a person choose? Knowing what goes into toothpaste and what those different ingredients do can help you pick the best one for your teeth. “The most important thing is that you find a toothpaste that you enjoy using twice a day for a full two minutes,” said Samantha Sacchetti, D.D.S., general dentist at Village Dental in Kenilworth, Illinois. Here are some tips for looking at the details and picking the toothpaste that...

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How Much Money Should You Put in Your HSA for Dental Expenses?

Dental health can have a big effect on your overall health, so it’s important to consider dental costs when you’re budgeting for healthcare and saving with an HSA or health savings account. If you’re eligible for a health savings account, knowing how to get the most out of it can help you balance dental care costs with other health care costs. “One of the beauties of an HSA is that there are no income phase-outs for contributing money to an HSA, and you receive an above-the-line tax deduction,” said Joel Ohman, a certified financial planner. Here’s what you need...

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Teeth Grinding: What Causes It, Why It’s Bad and What Your Dentist Can Do to Help

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is more common than you might think, experts say. And, while a sore jaw or teeth might give you an idea that you’re grinding your teeth, many people are surprised when they’re told about it, said Jona Trottier, an oral health specialist. The problem is, by the time a dentist tells you you’re grinding your teeth, the damage may have already been done. “Bruxing takes an enormous toll on teeth,” Trottier said. Here’s what you need to know about bruxism and how to deal with it. What Causes Teeth Grinding Trottier said it...

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