Author: Chris Winters

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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How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

There are all kinds of forces acting on your teeth and dental fillings all the time: impact from chewing food, assaults from bacteria and unexpected trauma or injury, to name a few. And when you get a cavity filled or have extensive work done on your teeth, it’s important to know that any repair shouldn’t be considered permanent: Those forces will put a heavy wear-and-tear on your fillings and restorations. So, how long will they last? “This is a hard question because restoration survival and longevity is based on many factors,” said Jason Goodchild, who serves on the faculty...

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How to Pay for LASIK

After hearing about it for so long, is it time for you to get LASIK surgery? The results are undeniable: According to a study published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, people who got LASIK surgery reported higher levels of satisfaction and better night driving within three years after the surgery when compared with those wearing contact lenses. But the question remains: How do you pay for LASIK? Paying for LASIK is another matter, however. The cost of the surgery can vary widely, from a few hundred dollars per eye to a few thousand dollars, with the average running...

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The Ins and Outs of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity: It can come on suddenly. You’re drinking hot coffee or eating ice cream and, without warning, your tooth twinges. Or it can develop over time; brushing your teeth might feel irritating instead of invigorating. No matter how it shows up, tooth sensitivity is a common complaint, and it can indicate more serious problems for your teeth. “Tooth sensitivity is the irritation of the nerve endings inside the tooth,” said Dr. Ziad Jalbout, D.D.S. It’s caused by the exposure of the dentine—the layer of the tooth below the white hard enamel of the teeth—to the oral environment, he...

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