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What are some essential tips when reviewing dental insurance plans?

Apr. 13th 2024

When shopping for dental insurance, the best advice is to read each plan’s terms and conditions carefully. The terms and conditions will let you know what is limited or not covered under the plan. Reading each plan is critical to understanding how it works and whether it best fits your dental care needs.

When reviewing dental insurance plans, it’s essential to consider the plan’s cost and what it covers. Some plans may have lower premiums but may not cover specific procedures or may have high deductibles. On the other hand, more expensive plans may offer more comprehensive coverage. It’s essential to weigh the costs and benefits of each plan to find the one that best fits your budget and dental care needs.

Another tip to remember is to check if the plan has a network of preferred providers. If you have a dentist you prefer to visit, it’s essential to ensure they are included in the plan’s network. Going out of network may result in higher out-of-pocket costs.

Lastly, remember to consider the waiting period for specific procedures. Some plans may have a waiting period before particular procedures are covered, so it’s essential to be aware of this when choosing a plan.

Remember, reviewing and comparing dental insurance plans can save money and ensure you receive the dental care you need.

Also, remember our member services are here to help you if you have any questions about the different dental insurance and plan types we have to offer. It is better to call us at 310-534-3444 if you have questions than to buy a plan that may not work out best for your dental health needs.

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Baby Dental Early Childhood Cavities Prevention

Apr. 11th 2024

Early Childhood Cavities Prevention: Early Childhood Cavities, which includes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, is an infectious disease that can be prevented. By ages 12 to 19, 23% of children from low-income families have untreated cavities in their permanent teeth, twice that of children from higher-income households.

Early Childhood Cavities Prevention (ECCP) is a nationwide campaign to increase awareness about the importance of preventive oral health care in infants’ first years.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: Preventing dental disease is never too early. Primary (baby) teeth are important because they act as placeholders for permanent teeth and aid in proper speech development, nutrition, and self-esteem. Cavities can occur in children less than a year old.

What is BBTD: BBTD, or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, is a dental condition that can occur in young children when their teeth are consistently exposed to sugary drinks, such as milk or juice, especially at bedtime. The sugars in these drinks can cause decay and cavities in young children’s teeth, leading to pain, infection, and the need for dental work to repair the damage. It is important to avoid giving sugary drinks to young children at bedtime and encourage them to drink water instead. Additionally, it is important to establish good dental hygiene habits early on, such as brushing and flossing regularly and scheduling regular check-ups with a dentist.

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Baby Dental Infant Dental Care

Apr. 9th 2024

Dental Care for Infants

Any tips on how to take care of infants’ baby’s teeth? Are there things you should know about and do even before your baby starts teething? How about tips on teething? Does anyone have good tricks to help get a baby through teething?

Reply: There are a few things you can do to prepare for your baby’s first teeth. You can start by wiping your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after feedings to help keep their gums clean. It’s also important to avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle, as this can cause tooth decay.

Caring for a baby’s teeth is essential to help prevent tooth decay and promote good oral health. Here are some tips on how to take care of infants’ baby’s teeth:

  1. Once the first tooth appears, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Limit sugary drinks and foods, especially before bedtime. 
  3. Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. This can cause tooth decay. 
  4. Schedule your baby’s first dental visit when the first tooth appears or by the first birthday.

Remember, caring for your baby’s teeth can help establish good oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.

Teething can be a difficult time for both babies and parents. Here are some tips to help get a baby through teething:

  1. Offer a clean, chilled teething ring or a cold washcloth to help relieve discomfort and soothe sore gums.
  2. Gently massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger to help ease the pain. 
  3. Provide your baby with safe, age-appropriate toys to chew on. 
  4. Distract your baby with fun activities or games to help take their mind off the discomfort. 
  5. Talk to your pediatrician about over-the-counter pain relief options that are safe for your baby to use during teething.

Remember, every baby is different and may experience teething differently. It’s essential to be patient and understanding and provide your baby with the comfort and care they need.

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Baby Dental – What is the average cost of a crown?

Apr. 5th 2024

Question: Are crowns cheaper with dental insurance?

Reply: Short answer Yes. But in some cases, it means planning. Some dental insurance plans have waiting periods, so you should buy them before needing major dental services. 

Average Cost for Crowns in California without Dental Insurance 

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost around $500-$1,500 or more per tooth.
  • Metal crowns of gold alloy or base metal alloys can cost $600-$2,500 or more per tooth
  • All-porcelain crowns require a higher level of skill and take more time to install than metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and can cost $800-$3,000 or more per tooth.

Average Cost for Crowns in California with Insurance

  • Generally, dental PPO insurance plans will pay out 50% of the cost of major services (after any waiting periods the plan may have)
  • With HMO dental insurance plans they are fee-based, which means they will have a schedule of Services breaking down the cost for each covered item so that the price will vary. However, in many cases, crowns would still be much cheaper, averaging around $200 – $400, than not having dental insurance.
  • It is important to note that not all dental insurance plans will cover all-porcelain crowns, so make sure you read the plan’s terms and conditions.
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Baby Dental – Dental HMO Insurance Plans

Jun. 14th 2023

If you are on a tight budget or you want an insurance plan that benefits are more budget friendly then you may want to review your HMO insurance options. Not only are HMO the lower cost insurance plan option but most base their benefits on a fee schedule that brakes down the cost of each covered service. Hence making it easier to budget your dental care. A down side to HMO plans for some people is that you do need to choose a dental provider within the plan network and that there is no benefits available if you go to a dentist that is not a network provider.

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Is it Necessary to Clean Your Baby’s Tongue?

Jun. 9th 2023

If your baby is not eating solid foods or does not have any teeth yet, cleaning their tongue may seem unnecessary. However, oral/dental hygiene is not only for older kids and adults but babies also need their mouths clean, and the earlier you start, the better.

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California Low Income Dental Insurance – Baby Dental

May. 30th 2023

Although there is not really any insurance plan for “low income” there are low cost dental insurance plans that start at only $7.95 a month for an individuals. Hopefully making insurance affordable everyone looking for dental insurance on a fixed income. In order to review our low cost plans just enter your zip code in the quote box provided.

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Do Babies Need Gums Cleaned? – Baby Dental

May. 24th 2023

Question: Do you need to clean baby gums before their teeth come in?

Answer: Cleaning your baby’s mouth from an early age is crucial to their future dental health care. You do not need to wait for their teeth to show before starting an oral hygiene routine. If you have questions about how to do this ask either your baby doctor or your dentist would be also happy to help address your questions.

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Senior Dental Insurance – Baby Dental

May. 21st 2023

Although it is important for everyone regardless of age to have proper dental habits and to visit the dentist regularly, senior have a higher risk of dental health issues due to age. If you are a senior make sure you are practicing good dental care habits and seeing your dentist at least twice a year or as advised by your dentist. If dental care cost is an issue. Think about buying a low cost dental insurance plan such as a HMO. HMO’s are lower cost plans and provides preventive dental care little to no cost.

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Personal Dental Insurance – Baby Dental

May. 17th 2023

Question: I looking for a personal dental insurance plan for just myself. I use to have a group dental plan though work but lost that about four months ago.

Answer: Well you have come to the right website. On Our website, we over 46 different individual dental insurance plan options. Just enter your zip code in the quote box provided and you will be able to review all our dental insurance options. Also please call our member service line at 310-534-3444 if you need any further help or have questions about our dental insurance plans options.

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