What should I need to know about Dental Insurance Plans?

 With the rising medical costs, the need to have a health insurance plan is of prime importance. If you’re someone who needs constant dental attention, then a dental insurance plan will be a right fit. These plans cover all the basic and preventative dental care treatments. Since benefits vary from plan to plan, choose one that is perfect for you.

There is a broad range of dental plans – both big and small – to meet your needs. Continue your regular check-ups and cleanings to prevent any serious outcomes in the future.

What do Dental Plans Offer?

There are five benefits that dental plans offer you. These include,

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May I suffer tooth loss from insufficient exposure to sunlight

Many of us may not be aware of the fact that Vitamin D deficiency and teeth problems are very closely related. Although teeth are not the same as bones, both are made of the same kind of tissues.  Teeth and bones can be affected for the same reasons. One important reason that leads to the weakening of the bones and teeth is insufficient exposure to sunlight, which can lead to decrease in the Vitamin D levels in the body.

While Vitamin D  – tooth decay are closely related, certain conditions caused by weakening of the bones like rickets and a condition known as osteomalacia can often lead to problems with your teeth as well. Most of you may know that the top layer of the human tooth known as the crown is made up of enamel, which is quite hard; in fact, it is the hardest substance in the body. However, even the hardest substance in the body can be affected by vitamin D deficient tooth enamel erosion.

Tooth enamel is made up of calcium phosphate, which is what gives the enamel the property of hardness. Did you know that more children are affected by tooth decay than by any other chronic infectious diseases in the United States? This can be quite shocking to some; however, this cannot be ignored as it can cause severe pain and also cause infections leading to difficulty in eating and swallowing. Some kids find it difficult to speak and develop learning difficulties as well, all because of an untreated tooth, which can lead to serious conditions like Gingivitis and Periodontitis.

It’s not just the kids who are affected. More than 33% of the adults in the United States suffer from tooth decay, and shockingly they do not seek treatment in time, leading to loss of precious teeth. Insufficient levels of Vitamin D and tooth sensitivity are also closely related, and it pays to heed this warning signal when there is still time. The moment you sense sensitivity in your teeth, you need to visit your dentist instead of trying to shrug it off as a temporary phenomenon, or worse still, trying self-medication to kill the sensitivity and pain.

Again, Vitamin D deficiency and gum problems are closely related and insufficient levels of Vitamin D can affect the underlying bone and cause the tissue in the gums to weaken and get severely infected. Once infection sets in, it creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply in your mouth, leading to a host of oral problems. However, there is no need to panic. If you are living in the Carrolton or Grapevine area, you can immediately contact Dr. Vadivel T Kumar, DDS, FDS, RCS, MS, who is a board certified Periodontist. Look up his website at www.implantsgumcare.com and find the exact location. However, you can also call any of his assistants at 817-756-8578 if you would like more details, or if you would like to fix an appointment to meet Dr. Kumar at his office for a consultation and treatment.

While you are there, take advantage of the FREE consultation offer (worth $200) and a FREE 3D CAT (computerized auxiliary tomography) scan (worth $700) just to make sure there is no serious problem in your gums or underlying bone. Detecting the onset of bone erosion and tooth decay well in advance helps the dentist to give the appropriate treatment that not only gives immense relief from the severe pain but also helps prevent loss of precious teeth.

There is a strong reason why you should get more of natural sunlight, which enhances the Vitamin D levels in the body. Research conducted by Gill Diamond of New Jersey Dental School, Newark has proved that vitamin D induces the lung cells to generate a natural antibiotic that helps kill bacteria present in the gums and teeth. The research also proved that vitamin D has an important role in fighting infection in the gums and teeth.

While eating Vitamin D-rich foods is a good alternative, sunlight is a very rich natural source of vitamin D, and what’s more is, it is absolutely free. Exposing your skin to a couple of hours of sunlight should be more than sufficient. Even taking the prescribed vitamin D supplements may not be sufficient, unless there is enough exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D and sunlight are closely connected; your dental health depends on optimum levels of vitamin D in your body. What’s more is apart from ensuring good dental health, vitamin D through exposure to sunlight helps reduce the risk of contracting colon cancer and offers relief from depression. The risk factors of diabetes are also reduced through exposure to sunlight and the subsequent enhancement of vitamin D levels in the body. Step out, get a healthy dose of sunlight and remain healthy.

How Diabetes impacts your Oral Health – Periodontitis?

American Diabetes Association Alert Day says – Count Your Carbohydrates & Lower Your Risk For Diabetes

Take small steps every day to ensure a healthy living.

Diet plan:  Make a personalized plan 45-60 grams of carbohydrate at each meal and 15-20 grams of carbohydrate servings at each snack.  And also include two pieces of fruit one at breakfast and one at afternoon.

Be Physically Active  It is most important to manage diabetes.  It is managed by aerobic exercise and strength training.  In simple words “the more you move the more calories you burn”.  An aerobic exercise helps keep your joints flexible and prevent stiffness.   Use pedometer when you start a walk, which helps you to keep track of your walking, distance and calories burnt.

It is important to learn about diabetes-induced oral-related diseases.  Know how periodontitis and diabetes affect each other and cause multiple problems in human body.

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What are Diabetes and Periodontal disease and how are they related?

#Periodontitis is a condition in the mouth, and diabetes is a condition in the pancreas.
A common gum disease progresses to periodontitis, and it is the harmful bacteria called Porphyromonas Gingivalis that causes the disease. This bacteria can even cause heart problems called atherosclerosis, How?

There is a stronger relationship between diabetes and periodontal diseases than any other oral health-related conditions. Poor oral health causes many oral problems including inflammation and bleeding of gums and progresses to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease and diabetes mellitus are the two major chronic diseases which have a deteriorating effect on the health and well being of millions of people globally.

Like diabetes, periodontal disease is a very common chronic disease among the US population. Among all ages, >50% of the US population has gingivitis. The occurrence of severe periodontitis increases with age. On average, approximately 13% of the population has moderate or severe periodontitis.

The condition of periodontitis is 10 % to 15 % in non-diabetic individuals. However, diabetic patients are 2.8 times more likely affected by periodontitis and 4.2 times more likely to have a bone loss than non-diabetic patients.

Diabetic patients with severe periodontitis have poor glycemic control than non-diabetic patients. However, improving glycemic control has been confirmed to reduce the severity of periodontal disease.

Diabetes is a condition which exists in two ways:

1. When pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, it is Type (I) diabetes; (otherwise called as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus).

2. If the body cannot use adequate insulin, it is Type (II) diabetes; (otherwise called as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus).

 

How does diabetes affect your oral health?

Individuals with Type (I) and Type (II) diabetes are at higher risk of developing oral diseases and dental problems because diabetes thickens the blood vessels and stops the passage of vital nutrients flowing towards the gums, and gets easily affected by harmful bacteria.
What are harmful bacteria and what does it do to your teeth?

Porphyromonas Gingivalis is the harmful bacteria which form a layer of film in a couple of minutes after brushing. Once the bacteria stick to the teeth, it binds to other bacteria in your mouth. In 24 hours, it reacts with leftover food particles in the mouth and becomes a hard plaque material called tartar.

 

How do oral related diseases affect diabetic individual vs. non-diabetic person?

The frequency and severity of periodontitis are more in diabetic and cardiac patients than non-diabetic individuals.

A periodontitis chart between Diabetic and Non-diabetic individuals will help you to understand better about the conditions.

    CONDITIONS        DIABETIC INDIVIDUAL    NON-DIABETIC INDIVIDUAL
  Plaque or tartar Causes gum disease, if left untreated it progresses much more rapidly and they experience severe cases of periodontal problems. Causes gum disease. If left untreated it progresses to early stages of periodontal disease.
 Periodontal problems Diabetes can increase risk of periodontal disease.  Also, it causes tooth loss, oral candidiasis, dental caries in subsequent tooth, and dry mouth. Generalized periodontal problems may not be severe, but they cause dental caries and in advanced stages, it may cause tooth loss.
Other major related problems with periodontitis Diabetic individuals with periodontal disease can increase risk of heart and kidney problems. Periodontal bacteria can enter the body’s circulatory system through leaky blood vessels – can cause numerous other infections and illnesses to body.
Periodontal infection and glycemic control If periodontitis left untreated, it will cause poor glycemic control and other induced diabetes-related complications, like atherosclerosis in blood vessels or myocardial infarction. Severe periodontitis is not a local issue for non-diabetic patients, because the blood sugar levels can deteriorate even further without diabetes so there is a risk of developing a condition called insulin resistance.

There is compelling evidence showing that periodontal inflammation is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease which is in turn related to chronic diabetes. In the case of diabetes, the successful treatment of periodontitis will, therefore, contribute to improved health not only in the oral cavity but throughout the body.

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