Did you know that you could actually save dollars by maximizing your dental insurance benefits before the end of the year? Here at Dr. Glasscock’s family and cosmetic dentistry, we take pride in doing everything possible to help you maximize and understand your dental insurance coverage.
FIVE REASONS ON HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND UTILIZE DENTAL BENEFITS
- Every insurance plan has a yearly maximum, which is the most money the dental insurance plan will allow for your dental work per one full year. This amount will vary by insurance companies, but the average dental maximum is $1,000 per person per calendar year. That yearly maximum renews every year usually around January 1st. If you have a fiscal plan, it renews on the date the plan was implemented. If you have unused dental insurance benefits they will not rollover into the next calendar or fiscal plan year, which means, you are actually losing free insurance dollars.
- With most dental insurance companies, there will be a deductable for any treatment that may be needed prior to your insurance company paying anything towards any services. Your deductable is paid out of pocket every year. Deductibles can run $25, $50, $75 to $100 dollars. If you met this year’s deductable and have remaining benefits to use towards other treatment, you are actually saving money.
- If you are paying your dental insurance premiums every month you should try to utilize the benefit your insurance offers. Preventative dentistry is another way of saving money. How you ask? By keeping up with your periodic check-ups and cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer as well as any other dental problems. Not going to these preventative maintenance appointments every four to six months can actually cost more money in the end.
- By delaying dental treatment you are risking more extensive and costly treatment. Many think that just because the condition (cavity) is not causing acute discomfort, you choose not to make the appointment. Months later, you are facing a possible crown, root canal or other complex procedure, the cost of which may exceed that year’s benefits.
- Every year dental offices will negotiate their schedule of fees within the office. Therefore, a possible increase in fees will increase the cost of treatment, which in turn, increase you’re out of pocket contribution.
In the end, insurance is a benefit that helps contribute to your out of pocket expenses; it does not pay for your entire treatment. Insurance is a bonus and gives you free dollars to work towards your oral health. With the current changes in Healthcare, your benefits in 2015 may not be the same as in 2016. Take advantage of your unused benefits – call our office at 704-510-1150 to schedule an appointment before time runs out!
Dr. David Glasscock and Team
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Do you remember when you were in high school and the popular kids seemed to have those award winning perfect smiles? I’m sure you were secretly envying them from afar and wondering what great evil you bestowed on yourself to be given such crooked, cavity over run teeth? I know it seemed like every time you went to the dentist, cavities needed to be filled. Then finally your told braces are needed. Your thinking “just great”! “Metal needs to be put in my mouth to corral my teeth from escaping”?
The big question is, are bad teeth hereditary? The truth is, only part of the blame can be put on your mom and dad. Perfect teeth are not just products of genetics but do play a part in the grand design.
There are many conditions directly related to genetics that can affect your teeth. For example:
- Hypodontia- the absence of teeth
- Oligodontia- missing more than 6 teeth
- Anadontia- complete lack of teeth
- Position of teeth- Misaligned teeth
- Surface crevices- grooves that allow for the growth of bacteria
- Saliva- natural ability to fight off cavities
As for the genetic components listed, the absence of teeth is rare. More commonly seen are position of teeth issues, surface crevices or saliva. The good news is these conditions can be effectively treated with modern dental treatments.
So how do you maintain a healthy beautiful smile?
- Start children going to the dentist at age 2
- Opt for Sealants on kids teeth
- Use enough but not too much fluoride
- Brush Twice a day
- Floss Daily
- Rinse or chew gum after meals
- Mouth Guards for sports
- Don’t Smoke
- Eat Healthy
- Avoid foods high in sugar
- See your dentist regularly
Have you ever been on your way to the dentist office and are overcome by anxiety? Do you feel the anxiety climbing the closer you get to the office? You try to rationalize these feelings but seem to be loosing the battle. In your mind, you try to reassure yourself there is nothing to fear, but that little voice in your head keeps drifting to scenarios of dental horrors that will cause you great pain. You finally arrive at your dentist office and can feel the panic setting in. A few minutes later you are in your dentist chair. The panic has taken hold and your looking for a window to climb out before the dentist ever arrives. At this point, you are in a frenzy. Just the mere site of the dentist might make you run for your life!
The scenario above represents how someone with dental phobia feels when visiting the dentist. Dental phobia or dental anxiety are conditions, if not addressed, can affect someone’s overall health. Your dental health directly impacts your physical health. When avoiding the dentist, untreated conditions in your mouth can lead to other health issues down the road. Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety affect an estimated 1 out of every 10 people visiting the dentist office in America. Fear ranges from feeling like you are in an uncomfortable situation to the extreme of blown out panic, depending on the person.
What Causes Dental Fear?
Dental fear, in general, is caused by a “fear of pain”. It doesn’t matter if the fear was caused by a prior “bad experience” in which your mind justifies the fear or an imaginary situation that your mind has designed. Your brain, being the most complex organ in your body controls every function in your body. It also has the ability to manifest fear.
How To Fix Dental Fear
This is a complex issue to fix. The key is to convince the mind that there is nothing to fear in relation to your dental treatments. Easier said than done, right? What most people don’t realize is that the majority of dental treatments are painless. At Glasscock Dental, we very much understand dental fear. Our goal is to provide each patients with a “Stress Free” dental experience by providing “One person at a time” dental care. Our goal is to make our patients at ease by explaining everything you will experience before we even begin. We’ve found by walking our patients through each procedure helps them relax by knowing what to expect each step of the way. Our goal is to relieve fear by knowing on what to expect.
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Depression is a serious illness affecting an estimated 19 million American Adults. Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer periods of time.
People who experience dental anxiety tend to skip regular dental maintenance which can lead to tooth loss and other health related illnesses. What people are beginning to realize is that the health of your teeth have a greater impact on your body than what was originally thought.
A recent study shows that people who experience dental anxiety and skip dental visits may end up being depressed based on the ensuing poor dental health or tooth loss. The information comes from a study explained at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research at West Virginia University.
The results showed that 13.4 percent of participants had some kind of anxiety, 16.7 percent dealt with depression and 5.7 percent had total tooth loss. The participants included the same number of males and females, in addition to including all types of races.
The good news is, depression based on tooth loss can be avoided by regular dental visits with your dentist. The office of Glasscock Dental specializes in Stress Free Dental which is tailored to help a patient deal with dental anxiety. Also, if you have already experienced tooth loss, it’s still not too late for you to correct. With the advancement of dental crowns, bonding and other dental procedures, Glasscock Dental can give you that award winning smile that you dream about.
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you
all through this coming year.
Wishing you and your family a season
of blessings and good tidings.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dr. David Glasscock, Julie, Maureen, Lisa and Teri
Our first goal is to understand what Anxiety and Stress are and how it is related to you as an individual? The truth is, Stress and Anxiety are real, and in a nut shell are caused by your fear that something bad is going to happen. It all starts in the brain, the command center of your body. With your brain’s fear response triggered, your body goes on full alert reacting to the situation at hand. Stress and Anxiety can impair the sufferer physically and psychologically. It can be almost crippling to the individual suffering from this dilemma.
So how does Glasscock Dental help someone with Stress and Anxiety issues in relation to a dentist visit? First, we ask that you let us know about your previous bad experience. We have a highly trained and friendly professional staff to help put your fears at ease. Our number one priority is to always concentrate on “One Patient at a Time”. With this in mind, we work to create an environment that provides Stress Free Dental. To eliminate Stress and Anxiety, it’s the little things that are important for each patient to put their mind at ease.
What does Glasscock Dental provide to make your experience Stress Free?
- 1. Friendly and courteous staff
- 2. Timely Appointments
- 3. Explanation of Procedures so you know exactly what to expect
- 4. Newest Techniques in Dentistry that are more comfortable for the patient.
It is very important to take care of your Oral Health to maintain a healthy body. Many illnesses are related to poor oral hygiene. Our goal is to make your experience a pleasant one. We are not the assembly line type of practice. We want to get to know our patients and be a part of your life to take the best care of you.
Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
- 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
- Charlotte, NC 28262
a. A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression.
b. A stimulus or circumstance causing such a condition.
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n. pl. anx·i·e·ties
a. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
b. A cause of anxiety: For some people, air travel is a real anxiety.
2. Psychiatry A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
3. Eager, often agitated desire: my anxiety to make a good impression.