Many patients typically don't know how their dental coverage works, how the claims are being paid or what their plan pays for.
Listed below are 3 ways to help you maximize your dental coverage for the treatment plan we have customized for you:
Benefit Year: Truth be told many dental carriers will run through a Calendar year benefit plan which means that it runs through January 1st until December 31st of each year. Other insurances will run based on when you received your coverage (eg: April 1st - March 31st) It is always good to know what benefit year your insurance runs so that you can utilize the maximum dollar amount that is allowed per year.
Maximum: As noted above, your benefit year will determine when your dollar maximum will restart. Some insurances have a specific dollar amount every year and some do not. For patients that have dollar maximums, it is recommended that you get all necessary treatment done within your benefit year so that when your insurance renews, the new maximum is utilized for any treatment that may be required during that year. Please note that it is always best to do the treatment recommended when it is recommended or shortly after.
Hygiene: Did you know that if you have coverage for a Recall (cleaning) every 6 or 9 months, this does not mean that you are only eligible for a hygiene appointment only every 6 or 9 months. Most plans usually divide your hygiene appointment into two different categories-(1) your recall exam (when the dentist checks for any urgent issues, your polishing, and fluoride which is only covered every 6 or 9 months and (2) the actual removal of tartar or hard deposits (scaling/debridement - the cleaning part of the appointment). However, this does not mean that you are only allowed to come for your hygiene appointment for that time. Your dental carrier will provide you with a specific amount of scaling or root planing units (tartar removal or the actual cleaning) What does that mean? Well this means that your dental plan allows you to have a specific amount of units (4 units, 8 units, 16 units) or some may have no maximum at all. With this being said, you are eligible to have your hygiene treatment done more frequently which is determined by your periodontal (gum) condition which is evaluated during your hygiene appointments at your comprehensive oral examination. The average length of the appointment determines how many units are utilized.
It is important to remember that although you might base your treatment decisions on what your insurance will pay, optimizing your oral health is our number one priority at Credit River Dental Centre. As your oral health partners, we are always available to help you understand the details of your dental coverage so don't hesitate to ask us if you require clarification.
Keep in mind that your treatment plan is created with your optimal oral health in mind and not around what your insurance covers. Your insurance is only a form of payment for the treatment recommended.
Helpful tip: Give your HR a call and find out if you have a "Health Spending Account" which is an alternative health benefit that provides reimbursement for health related expenses that is over and above your regular benefit plan(s). Your employer will know whether you are eligible for this. In most cases, it is not a benefit that is provided by the same Dental Insurance Company so do not contact your dental insurance company to inquire about this.
Another Helpful tip: Did you know that any treatment not covered by your dental plan may be eligible for tax deduction. Don't forget to ask us for your tax statement at the end of the year.
So after hesitating for a couple of months on whether or not to purchase the InstantPot (we purchased the 6qt. DUO), we took a leap of faith and finally did it and purchased this wonderful kitchen machine about a week ago. It has been a great experience so far and we're happy to say that this thing can do about anything. We've made Roasts in it, Pasta in It, Rice in It, Chicken and Shrimp in it, Ribs and quite a bit more since it has been an addiction to use it since we got it. It's kind of like not realizing the capabilities of a smart phone until you get it and then realizing how on earth did you survive without it before. Anyhow, to test its limits we decided that we would make a Chocolately Cheesecake.
Total Prep time - for us it was 15 to 20 minutes only because we were making it with two kids assisting us.
Cook time - 28 minutes on high pressure and 15 minutes on natural release
Ganache topping and garnish done the next day - 5 minutes
Overnight Refrigeration is required so if you're going to make it for a party - plan on doing it the day before
To create this we needed a 7" Spring Form - I purchased one made for the InstantPot only because I didn't have one since I am not a baker by any means and I'm glad I did as it is made of silicone and glass which is perfect for not sticking so you won't need to grease anything.
The ingredients you'll need are:
For the base or crust:
For the Cheesecake:
For the Ganache
The Base Layer or Crumble
Creating the Cheesecake
Ganache - Next Day
Stay Tuned as we will be posting a video shortly!!!
We hope that you enjoyed this recipe. We sure did! Thank you and we hope to bring you more from our Recipe Corner!
Updated Antibiotic Prophylaxis Guidelines Prior to Dental Treatment
In 2007 the American Heart Association’s (AHA) established its latest guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis. The guidelines were changed as a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the risks of taking preventive antibiotics outweigh the benefits for most patients. These risks include adverse reactions to antibiotics ranging from mild to potentially severe and the development of drug-resistant bacteria.
The AHA guidelines emphasize the importance of achieving and maintaining excellent oral health and practising daily oral hygiene. For most patients, taking preventive antibiotics before a dental visit is not indicated. The guidelines state that prophylactic antibiotics, which were routinely administered to certain patients in the past, are no longer needed for patients with:
Only patients at greatest risk of developing infective endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s inner lining or the heart valves should receive short term preventive antibiotics before common, routine dental procedures.
People who should take antibiotics include those with:
1.prosthetic cardiac valve or prosthetic material used for cardiac valve repair
2.a history of infective endocarditis
3.certain specific, serious congenital (present from birth) heart conditions, including:
4.a cardiac transplant that develops a problem in a heart valve
Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for patients with the above conditions who undergo any dental procedure that involves manipulation of gingival tissues or the periapical region of a tooth and for those procedures that perforate the oral mucosa. The following procedures and events do not need prophylaxis:
The Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA), the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada provide the following guidance in regards to the management of dental patients with orthopedic devices:
From time to time we do see patients whose Orthopedic Surgeons still insist that the patients take an antibiotic prior to dental treatment in some cases for 2 years after surgery and in some cases for the rest of the patient’s life. In light of these new guidelines, it is therefore recommended that the Orthopedic Surgeon prescribe the course of antibiotics for the patient in these cases. If you have any questions regarding any of the above information, please feel free to call us!
So I came across a video of a fun way to make lasagna using a glass bowl. Click here for the link to the video of their UpSideDown Lasagna. After searching high and low I couldn't find the exact ingredients or the recipe BUT decided to try it anyways. To my surprise, it turned out really well and Dr. Lee was definitely happy with dinner that evening. I had to modify things a bit but here goes.
Boil hot water, add salt so the pasta won't stick together. Boil 12-16 pieces of lasagna pasta until al dente (about 10-12 minutes).
During this time, cook ground beef and ground chicken until there is no pink left, see video here. Drain the water from the pan. Add in the Oregano and the Basil. Stir into the ground meat and then add in the tomato sauce. Add this in incrementally as you don't want the mixture to be too liquid. Remove from heat.
Preheat the oven to 375F. I didn't have a glass bowl so I used a pie dish. Spray the bottom of the dish with non-stick cooking spray or use some oil and spread it around so that the lasagna does not stick. Lay your bowl or dish on top of a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. This is the tricky part if you're using a pie dish because the noodles are a bit slippery and may want to slide down as you layer them into the dish. Layer them like this.
Once you have layered your lasagna, add 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, then 1/4 cup parmesan, your ground meat, and 1/2 the tub of ricotta. Cut some of the leftover lasagna and put it over these layers. Repeat the process but save some of the mozzarella as a topping. After your layer of ricotta, fold over the outer lasagna pieces as in the photo below.
Bake covered for 35 minutes to 40 minutes. Remove the cover and put the remaining mozzarella on top. Broil for a few minutes until the shredded mozzarella is a golden colour. Wait 5 minutes to cool, cut with a knife and use a pie server to lift it onto your plate. Enjoy!!!
By Sue Ellen Umali-Lee & Dr. Samson Lee
April is Oral Cancer Month!!!
Oral cancer is an abnormal growth and spread of cells occurring in the oral cavity which involves the tissues and surrounding structures in the mouth.
Risk factors associated with oral cancer are smoking, high alcohol consumption, age (higher risk for people over 40), HPV, gender (men are more susceptible than women) and sun exposure.
The Signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer include:
How to detect it?
Oral cancer is best treated in its early stages. At Credit River Dental Centre, oral cancer screenings are done during your comprehensive oral examination and any abnormalities seen during your hygiene therapy appointments are addressed. Book your dental exam today to ensure optimal oral health!
The week of April 7th to 13th is Dental Hygiene Week! Registered Dental Hygienists in the province of Ontario are required to complete a dental hygiene program by an accredited school specifically designed to train Dental Hygienists. Programs are often at least 18 months to 2 years in length. In the province of Ontario, Dental Hygienists are considered Oral Health Professionals and once we obtain a Self-Initiation License, we are able to practice independently. With this being said, there are many responsibilities and duties that fall under our scope of practice.
Often times, patients are unaware of what exactly a hygienist does. You probably often refer to your hygiene therapy treatments as “just a cleaning” but it is so much more than that.
Based on a thorough assessment of your “gum” condition, your hygienist performs various procedures to ensure your gum health is being maintained. Aside from it just being all about the “gums,” your dental hygienist also notes any abnormalities or suspicious areas that may require further attention.
So why is a cleaning, not really just a cleaning? A lot of people think when they’re sitting in their hygienist’s chair is that they are ‘just having their teeth cleaned’. There is so much more going on.
Your Medical History
When you visit your hygienist, we update your medical history at every appointment. Why you ask? Quite often, patients do not see how much their medical history impacts their oral health. Medical history and family history identify any risks or potential risks in order to help you maintain optimal oral health. For example, if you are taking medications for blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol you are at risk for dry mouth. Dry mouth can create issues with the development of decay and loss of taste among other symptoms.
2. Intra-Oral and Extra-Oral Assessment, Homecare Assessment
When we “take a look” we’re not just looking for areas that look suspicious on your teeth. We’re checking for any lumps or bumps in the head and neck area, any discoloration not just in your oral tissues but also changes in a moles and anything that can warrant a concern. This assessment allows us to determine if further screening is needed especially when it may pertain to oral cancer.
When we look at your teeth we assess for things such as plaque build-up which helps us determine if the home care regimen needs improvement. Based on this information we will decide which homecare recommendations or suggestions will aid in a more effective home care regimen. After all, you only visit your hygienist every few months, what you do between your appointments will heavily impact the longevity and health of your teeth and gums.
3. The Periodontal Assessment
The periodontal assessment is critical in determining the response of the tissues/gums to the previous scaling (cleaning) appointments. The color and appearance of the tissues are noted as well as changes from the previous appointment.
No one likes to be poked and prodded but in order to determine areas of concerns, we have to periodically assess your gum health by measuring your pocket depth, recession, mobility of your teeth, and other variables to aid us in determining the health of the supporting structures of your teeth. A full examination is not done at each appointment but those deeper areas are often measured to assess for stability or progression of disease patients are most likely unaware of.
4. Collaboration with Other Health Care Professionals
When the cause of declining gingival health cannot be determined or unexplained abnormalities are found in the mouth, there is often a need to refer to or work with other health care professionals. This isn’t defined only as professionals in the dental field but others such as a medical doctor, or specialist, diabetic educator, nutritionist, etc. that relate specifically to the findings. The goal a hygienist always has in mind is helping guide patients to optimal overall health and in doing so, it may require collaboration with other health care professionals.
5. The Scaling or “Cleaning”
Lastly, the scaling is properly termed in the hygienist field as “debridement.” This is what every patient recognizes as their cleaning. This often entails the use of an ultrasonic cleaning device that pulsates water in combination with the use of hand instruments. After the scaling or removal of bacteria, calculus and debris, adjunctive therapies may be recommended based on the assessment of the tissues from one appointment to the next. Whether it be more frequent scaling visits, a full periodontal assessment or additional hygiene therapy the goal is to improve the tissues if they are still in an inflammatory state.
So when you think about all that’s done during your appointment, you can see that a cleaning isn’t just a cleaning but includes a variety of assessments that all tie in to maintaining your Optimal Oral Health!
If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask your Dental Hygienist about what she/he can do to help you improve your Overall Oral Health!
Is straightening your teeth something you've always wanted to do but never got done because you "never have the time" or "didn't have enough money to do it right there and then", or were just simply on the fence about it? That was me when it came to straightening my two tilted front teeth!!!
I'd like to share my journey with you because I know that some have always wanted straighter teeth but never came around to doing it eventually deciding to settle with a smile you're not fully content with. I hope my story inspires you to make a decision that will lead you to a more satisfied smile that can affect not only your level of confidence but also your ability to keep your teeth cleaner.
Growing up, I had always dreamed about having straighter teeth. My two front teeth were tilted inwards toward one another and it made me so self-conscious about smiling. I did have orthodontic work when I was 9 years old but it was mostly to adjust an under bite (when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth). Having a severe under bite was the main concern that needed to be addressed at the time and second was to straighten out my teeth which unfortunately didn't happen. We all know life happens, and after my under bite was corrected my parents simply couldn't afford another full orthodontic treatment (as my sister was also doing full orthodontic treatment). So, that was the end of orthodontic treatment for me...I thought.
I survived high school and college with the teeth I have but was never truly content with my smile. I worked minimum wage jobs as a cashier with little benefits, and I always inquired at my dental visits how I can get straighter teeth...but with my minimum wage salary I still could not afford it. There was always something that pushed that one goal further and further away from me. Like buying a new car, or not wanting braces during my sister's wedding, or saving money to go on a trip with my friends. There was always something. And there probably always will be because it isn't cheap but at the same time, it was well worth the investment. You can always buy that designer purse, have the latest cell phone, wear nice clothes, have nice shoes and not realize that it's Your Smile that's your best accessory!
As I finally found a career that suited me in the oral healthcare field naturally, I not only realized that having straighter teeth is aesthetically pleasing, but rather important for function. Also, having everything straight makes it much easier to maintain your oral homecare which in return adds to the longevity of your teeth. That's when I knew I could not prolong this anymore. When I found out I wouldn't even need the traditional brackets and wires, I was ecstatic! I could do this without anyone really knowing while still enjoying the foods I love, and not having the hassle of learning a new brushing technique! I needed to have this treatment!!! So I did it, I jumped right into it and I told myself I would make it work. Even if it means I couldn't eat out as often as I'd like or have to wait a month or two more to get my hair done. I was going to make it work and I did. It was the best money I have ever spent on myself. Now, after just only 9 months of full Invisalign treatment I am finally 100% happy with my smile.
Are you one of those patients who sees their hygienist regularly every 3 or 4 months? Do you have an immaculate dental homecare routine and follow each and every recommendation made to you by your dentist and dental hygienist BUT still have issues with inflammation and bleeding? If this is you, you may benefit from Professional Oral Irrigation.
Oral or pocket irrigation is a procedure that is done on patients that have deep periodontal pockets of 5 mm or more. A patient’s gum pocket is determined when periodontal charting is done. This is generally performed during a professional dental cleaning or during a comprehensive oral examination. The dentist and/or your hygienist will also check for any gum inflammation as well as bleeding. If bleeding and inflammation are present, this is a sign of gum disease.
When the term "irrigation" is done, your dental hygienist places an antimicrobial agent such as Chlorhexidine into the diseased pocket. This results in flushing out of the bacteria, particles and toxins from below the gum line. Chlorhexinde is used to help reduce infections as well as control plaque and periodontal spaces between your gums and teeth.
With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, the chances of keeping your natural teeth increases while the chances of serious health problems that are associated with periodontal disease decrease.
For more information about oral irrigation please contact us!
A missing tooth can cause the teeth around the space to shift and in turn open up larger spaces between teeth and expose the roots of otherwise healthy teeth. This provides more areas for food and bacteria to hide, making cleaning and hygiene more difficult. This of course can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
As soon as a tooth is removed your jaw bone under goes changes in order to remodel the bone around the extraction site. During the first year after the extraction is when most of the bone loss occurs in both height and width as the bone is no longer needed to support a tooth.
Having large holes in your gums gives bacteria a place to live, causing plaque to develop. That bacteria spreads to the other areas of the mouth and cavities form. That is why if a person is missing one tooth, they eventually need a partial or complete set of dentures or dental implants in the long run.
Your lips and cheeks lose their support which can give someone a more aged appearance.
Missing even one tooth can change the way you chew your food. The opposite tooth becomes useless (like one hand clapping) which will impact the way your food is broken down. Food that is not broken down as well can cause issues such as choking and acid reflux.
If your teeth are missing, you may have difficulty pronouncing certain words. Your tongue, lips and front teeth help in forming speech sounds properly. By replacing missing teeth, making that all important speech would become a much easier endeavour!
Quite often when people are missing a tooth, especially a tooth in the front of their mouth, they tend to get self-conscious about their smile. Just think about how much you love to socialize, not just in person with family and friends, but maybe with that stranger you’ve been dying to meet or even just taking that perfect selfie! Being self conscious about your smile can have a negative impact on your confidence and may even prevent some people from socializing as often.
If you have a missing tooth, or a few of them, contact Credit River Dental Centre today and see what we can do for you to prevent your teeth from further damage and give you back your smile!
Food is a very important part of our lives. Like fuel for a car it helps us to function, getting us from point A to B and so much more. To emphasize the importance of food, March has been recognized as National Nutrition Month. The Dieticians of Canada have focused their efforts on unlocking the potentials of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal, and bring us together. For more information on this click here!
EAT RIGHT CHALLENGE
To bring awareness to the importance of nutrition to overall health, we have begun the #EATRIGHTCHALLENGE at our office. Follow us on Instagram by clicking here to see if we can make it. We have challenged ourselves to make clean eating and healthy a habit and in doing so, we plan to create healthy meals for 66 days and post them everyday since it takes 66 days to make anything a habit.
It isn’t always easy to eat healthy especially with tight schedules and the busyness of today’s lifestyles. Although we have just begun our challenge, we have already found ideas and tips that have helped us maintain our goal. So what 5 things can we do to make it easier to eat clean and stay clean?
To do our part in helping you eat clean and stay clean, the dental hygiene team at Credit River Dental Centre will be providing a complimentary nutritional assessment to those of our patients who are interested in knowing if they are making the good food choices. Our job is not only to keep your teeth sparkling clean but also to help you reach that goal of optimal overall health. Call us today at (905) 278-4297 or email us at [email protected] to book your assessment.