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“Hey, Do You Take My Insurance?”

Lookie what I found... it's a bill

This time of year here in Nashville we seem to get more questions about dental insurance than any other time. Do y’all accept Cigna, Health Spring, Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc, etc. With a new year often comes resolutions to lose weight as well as changes to dental benefits.

Here’s a quick list of changes to most dental insurance plans in the new year…

1) New plan year maximum. Most dental insurance plans pay a certain amount of benefits each year and that’s it. At the end of the year what you don’t use doesn’t roll into the next, you start over with a new amount. So with each new year you get another batch of funds to help cover your dental expenses. That means if you have work you’ve been waiting to do, now is the time when you have the most available funds to get it done.

2) New plan. Employers often change their benefits and that can mean new dental insurance for you. This can be good or bad. A new dental insurance plan may cover more procedures. That’s good. High five! On the other hand, a new plan may have a waiting period (it won’t cover procedures until a certain amount of time has passed) or it may cover fewer procedures. That’s bad. Booooo.

Do as Indiana Jones did and chose your dental insurance wisely

3) Different plan options. Patients are often given a choice of plan near the end of a year or at the beginning of a new year. So it’s time to chose and chose wisely. One plan may have a low premium, but you may not get as much coverage. Another may cost moe, but provides better coverage. Which dental insurance plan is right for you depends one your personal situation and dental health.

Confused yet? Good, ’cause there’s more…

4) Deductible. Tax deduction.. wha? No deductible. This is the amount you have to pay out of pocket before the plan benefits kick in. Again, it’s different with every dental insurance plan, but with each new year you have to meet your deductible.

Another issue that we run into is people who are current patients who change dental insurance plans and think that they can no longer come to our office. That is not necessarily the case. We participate with many dental insurance plans, so the chances are that if you switch insurance plans, we accept the new plan too.

Just in case you are wondering, our office is in network with Delta Dental of Tennessee, Cigna Dental PPO, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Health Spring, Connection Dental Network, and accept many other dental insurance plans. So if you live in Nashville and are looking for a new dental home, well, now you’ve found one.

If you have any other questions about dental insurance please call our Nashville office at 615-298-2385 or visit our office website at www.MusicCitySmiles.com

 

The “Great Oz” Speaks, But He’s No Tooth “Wizard”

I am the great Oz!! But I don't know much about teeth!!!

We’ve all heard of Oprah’s prodigy Dr. Oz, right? Right. He’s got his own show which he tells the public about ways to live a healthier life. I think it’s kinda cool how he brings out organs to show how they are destroyed by smoking and bad diet. It’s fabulously gross!!

 

Hi. I am much healthier than you

Recently he devoted a portion of his show to teeth and the thing s that discolor them. He even picked an audience member to participate in a little game of “pick the stuff that makes your teeth yellow.” Overall I think he dished out some good advice and made it fun in the process. I think maybe we should try a game at our office, because nothing says “fun” like a tooth game.

However, I think he dropped the ball a little at the end. He revealed his natural home remedy for whitening teeth. Ok Oz, spill it… the secret is lemon juice and baking soda. Dip a cotton ball in this secret potion and apply it to your teeth and they will turn white.

Sorry, but I’m gonna ask you to click the heels of your ruby slippers and come back to reality. Methinks it won’t work, and it may even be harmful.

But Dr. McGee, it’s cheap, and Dr. Oz said so.

please don't pour lemon juice on me

Here’s the problem… he’s telling you to put a highly acidic substance on your teeth. Bad. Acid is what causes cavities. We’ve already been over this, and if he would have been keeping up like the rest of you, he would have known better. The acid in the lemon juice can erode teeth just like you see here in this photo.

The other thing about this natural home remedy is that even if the stuff wasn’t acidic, it’s not on the teeth long enough to do any good. The professional strength bleaching solution we use has to stay on the teeth at least 30 minutes to be effective, and it takes 10 days or so to get good results. I just don’t see how lemon juice on the teeth can be a good thing.

Here’s the video of Dr. Oz and has teeth whitening advice…

Naturally Whiten Teeth, Pt. 2

If you would like whiter teeth and a nice smile, or if you simply have questions about your dental health, please feel free to give our Nashville dental office a call at 615-298-2385 . We hope to hear from you soon!!

The Clock is Ticking… Why Mick Jagger Doesn’t Give Good Dental Advice

 

"Get your dental work done before the end of the year!"

 

“TI-eye-eye-ime… is on my side… yes it is!” sang Mick Jagger. Um, no it isn’t. Why? Your dental insurance benefits are about to expire!!

Here we are at the end of the year. Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, parties, shopping, etc, etc. It’s a busy time for all of us, but don’t forget about your teeth and your oral health. specifically, don’t forget about how to pay for your dental care.

See, the end of the year brings a close to a lots of things, and included in this are your dental insurance benefits. This is because most dental insurance plans operate on a calendar year, and that means that at the end of each year, your amount of coverage goes away if you don’t use it.

Wha?

Basically, if you don’t use it you lose it. Here’s how it works: an insurance plan allows you to you a certain amount of their money to help you pay for dental care in a given year. At the end of that year, whatever amount you don’t use just goes away. Bye bye.

That being said, my advice to you is to get on it!! Make haste! Get ‘er done! Or whatever motivational phrase you need to hear to maximize your dental benefits. I mean for Pete’s sake (who is Pete by the way?), there’s a stack of cash out there to help you take better care of your health… don’t let it go to waste.

Here’s some ways you can save money and take good care of your teeth…

1) See you dentist every 6 months. This is because it allows any problems to be detected early and thus corrected in the easiest and least expensive way. Also, getting your teeth cleaned and checked ever 6 months is kinda like changing the oil in your car… it’s just proper maintenance.

2) Take care of any treatment needs before “it hurts.” I have this conversation daily with patients. People always seem to wonder if they need treatment if nothing hurts. Makes sense. But the problem is that teeth typically don’t hurt unless the nerve is damaged, and at that point we’re talking root canals and pulling teeth rather than fillings or crowns. Waiting until something hurts to fix it means more expense or having fewer teeth.

3) Make the most of your dental benefits. This means using as much of your yearly benefits as you can. Now, obviously if you have no treatment needs, don’t go looking for a way to use dental insurance benefits. But, if you have treatment needs, don’t just let those benefits sit there and go to waste. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you may be able to deduct your dental expenses on your taxes!! Consult your accountant on that one.

Our office participates with several dental insurance plans including Cigna PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN, Delta Dental, Health Spring, and Connection Dental network just to name a few.

So don’t listen to Mick!! Time is not on your side. Don’t let those benefits go to waste. If you live in Nashville and need a dentist who takes Health Spring, or Cigna PPO, or Delta Dental, or if you just have questions about you dental benefits, please give us a call at 615-298-2385 or check us out online at www.MusicCitySmiles.com .

Happy Brushing!

The 70’s Called, They Want You to Take Better Care of Your Teeth

If you grew up in the 70’s or early 80’s you should remember these. I’m always on the lookout for great ways to communicate dental health to patients, and I think that these videos are great!!

This first one had me rolling on the floor. Who knew that the germs that cause cavities sound just like Louis Armstrong?!

Check out the yuck mouth video here…

And in this one an animated Danny Zuko tells us to exercise our teeth. O…. K.

Finally, a talking, hat-wearing Pac Man gives us oral hygiene instructions

Man, the last time I heard those I was sitting in a den covered in shag carpet in my Star Wars Pj’s.

Anyway, if you have any questions about dental care, or more vintage videos to share, or if you need a dentist in Nashville, please contact us at 615-298-2385 or check us out online at www.MusicCitySmiles.com

The Perils of Working in a Dental Office and Why I Need a Nap…

Ok, let’s talk about something other than teeth shall we…

When you work in a dental office, the rest of the world seems to think that you have lost the ability to shop for groceries. Consequently, your office becomes a repository for cakes, bagels, pies, brownies, doughnuts, hams, and all sorts of other foods that are not fruits or vegetables as they are delivered by patients, other dentists, labs, or other well wishers in the Nashville area.

All this makes for an expanding waist line and an ongoing battle over who will be responsible for taking home what leftovers remain. Aside from the obvious brushing and flossing after eating sweets, we all get a little sleepy after all this snacking and require a nap around 1:30 or 2 every afternoon. Alas, it never happens.

But wait!! A new study has shown that taking a nap at work can be beneficial!! Ladies and gentlemen of Nashville and dentist offices everywhere take note, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has determined that 20-30 minute power naps can be the perfect refresher in the middle of your work day.

This could be great! We’ve even got that reclining chairs to crash in. Or maybe we should just follow George Costanza’s lead…

You Wouldn’t Wax A Dirty Car Would You… AKA Let’s Do First Things First

I took my car to get washed today. It’s dirty. In fact, it’s pretty nasty. I took it to White Bridge Car Wash here in Nashville.

I got the #3 deal which included hot wax because I want my ride to look good rollin’ down the street. At this particular car wash, you get to watch your car get cleaned as it slowly rolls through the automatic cleaner. First, actually human beings really scrub off the large particles (in the case of my car it was the LARGE amounts of guano on the hood.) Next is the soap, and finally the hot wax. Makes it shine baby!!

I was watching the spiny brushes go round and round and kinda got zoned out and went into sort of a trance. I began to think of how car care is like tooth care. I could almost envision an auto tooth wash where mouths slowly move through a machine that makes their molars and incisors spic and span.

Then it hit me. I had an oral epiphany…

You don’t wax a dirty car.

You. Don’t. Wax. A. Dirty. Car.

“What?” you’re saying. “Excuse me? He’s lost it.”

No really. Here’s what it means… you can’t get shiny teeth until they are clean first. Ya gotta get the guano off first.

Why do I say that you ask. It’s because we see people all the time who want a white smile, but are not quite ready. There’s plaque and tartar build up all over their teeth. Yet they want a bright smile. They want to put wax on their dirty car.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures out there, but I bet that most people don’t think about getting their teeth ready for the process. You don’t want to bleach the tartar, you want to bleach the teeth. You don’t want to wax the grime, you want to wax the car. That’s why the wax is applied at the end of the car wash tunnel of love. That’s why you gotta get your teeth cleaned prior to bleaching your teeth.

So if you are considering teeth whitening, please make an appointment to get a dental cleaning, your smile will be whiter, and your teeth will thanks you for it. And if you live in Nashville, give us a call, we’ll get you all cleaned and shiny and ready to whiten.

Oh and here’s my clean shiny car…

Confession Time…

Just because I’m a dentist, doesn’t mean I enjoy flossing any more than the rest of yous. Ever feel like this?

I do. There’s my confession. I feel better.

How ’bout you?