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Using your Health Insurance to Visit the Dentist

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Health insurance gives you a lot more options for looking after your health. You can visit health professionals in a number of fields and will be able to pay much less, as usually you will just have to pay an excess if you want to use your insurance for an appointment. Some people are now choosing to use their health insurance to cover dental treatments as well.

Dental treatments and check ups can be a major expense. If you have private health insurance or get it as part of your work package, see if it include dental care as well. Most don’t, as it can be a lot more expensive.

It may also be cheaper not to use your health insurance to cover general dental checkups. Ask your insurance provider for more details. It can be beneficial to use it to cover more expensive treatments, like dental surgery or root canal treatment.

What can your Dentist Tell about your Health?

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A visit to the dentist can reveal a lot about the health of your teeth and gums. However, what people often don’t realise is that it can also be indicative of your general health. Here are some of the things your dentist will be able to assess by examining your mouth:

  • How stressed you are. If your tooth enamel is becoming worn down, you may be suffering from stress and grinding your teeth in your sleep.
  • Whether you are showing signs of diabetes. People with type 1 and type 1 diabetes are more at risk from gum disease, so problems with your gums could be a sign of more serious health problems.
  • Whether you are at risk of oral cancer. Your dentist will be able to look for early signs, which usually consist of a sore or spot on the lips, gums, tongue or cheek lining. Patients tend not to notice it themselves.

Straightening Teeth at an Older Age

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Braces are usually associated with young people and teenagers who have been referred to an orthodontist for treatment. However, it is also possible for people to get their teeth straightened at an older age using modern dental technology for a simple and pain-free experience. It’s ever too late to get the beautiful teeth and attractive smile you have always wanted.

Orthodontists and dentists will often use Invisalign, a dental treatment that has revolutionised the tooth straightening process. It can straighten out teeth and close up gaps, giving you a brand new smile and sorting out any issues with bite. The Invisalign braces will be removable, making them more hygienic than metal braces that are permanently attached to the teeth as they can be thoroughly cleaned. They will also be almost completely see through so people won’t know that you have braces. Measuring up and fitting is painless and your teeth will be straightened with small adjustments.

Visiting the Dentist Regularly

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Many people dislike the dentist and therefore put off a regular visit. However, you should go on a regular basis in order to check everything is ok with your oral health. So if you are afraid of the dentist, it’s time to be responsible and make yourself an appointment anyway.

Dentists will be able to check your teeth over for you and make sure everything looks as it should. You might actually need a filling or another kind of treatment without even realising it, so you need your dentist to tell you about this. Your dentists will also be able to look at your gums and your tongue to spot signs of anything from plaque to mouth cancer.

You should usually have a dentist appointment every year, or perhaps every six months if you have had previous problems that need to be kept under control. You may also want to visit a hygienist to get a proper clean and to get your gums looked after.

Vitamin K – The Way Forward?

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So many vitamin supplements, we know it can get confusing. Don’t worry, we get confused ourselves! Today we will discuss Vitamin K, a supplement which is great for your heart – Vitamin K2 helps to prevent hardening of the arteries, which is a common factor in coronary artery disease and heart failure. Extensive research suggests vitamin K2 may help to keep calcium out of your artery linings and other body tissues, where it can cause damage.

Vitamin K can help prevent cancer – A study in 2003 in the International Journal of Oncology, found that treating lung cancer patients with vitamin K2 slowed the growth of cancer cells, and previous studies have shown benefit in treating leukemia. In an August 2003 study published in the Alternative Medicine Review involving 30 patients with a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma, who took oral vitamin K1, the disease stabilised in six patients; seven patients had a partial response; and seven others had improved liver function.In 15 patients, abnormal prothrombin normalised.