This spring the British Government is forcing a new service contract on doctors including new pay scales, changes in opening hours and surgery arrangements.
Now dentists are not normally a complaining profession, but there's now open rebellion amongst them about this new contract. And they're determined not to be bullied.
As a result, thousands of scholars are refusing to accept the new contract and will quit the NHS at the end of March. This will create mayhem for clients – and especially for the five million of us who seek emergency treatment for toothache each year!
Many clients seeking treatment on the NHS will just be treated. And those dentists who accept the new NHS contract will face a flood of new clients. The vast majority will again be turned away as even before this dental bust up, there was an appalling shortage of dentists. Waiting lists are bound to stretch into the ether!
As a result, if you're desperate for treatment to a broken tooth or an abscess, or even want a check up, you'll be forced to search out one of the community based and NHS operated dental surgeries. If you're not sure where to find one, ask your Doctor for details of the closest to you. Unfortunately, the odds are it'll be miles away. Long journeys and a hospital style queue will be the norm. Getting dental treatment will be a days job!
For many of us, going private is the only practical solution. The cynical amongst us may suspect that that's what the government wanted all along!
Going private means getting an appointment when you want one rather than waiting for ages with the NHS, and the ability to pick and choose your dentist. But it will not be cheap. The only good news is there are solutions to control your costs.
Essentially you have four financial options: pay yourself as you go, dental insurance, capitalization schemes or cash plans. Let's consider the financial help you can buy:
The insurance industry has responded with a wide range of varying dental insurance policies. The following are just a few typical examples to give you a favor:
The Axa PPP Healthcare's Dental Costguard policy is designed to cover you just for dental emergencies and not routine work – you'll have to pay those cost all by yourself. But emergency treatment often works out expensive so Axa's policy does have merit. Axa's benefits include:
o Up to £ 10,000 cover per year for treatment following a dental accident (up to £ 2,500 per incident).
o Up to £ 250 emergency temporary treatment per incident in the UK and £ 500 per incident if you're overseas. That's up to a maximum payout of £ 1,000 per year.
o Up to £ 100 per incident for dentist call-out charges upto £ 200 per year.
o £ 50 per night if you'r in hospital under the care of a maxillo-facial or oral surgeon. Again, that's subject to a £ 1,000 annual maximum.
o Oral cancer is insured up to up to £ 25,000.
o Dentist's charges are reimbursed directly to you.
o And Axa provides a 24 hour helpline providing dental advice.
And the cost? It's £ 7.95 per month for a single policy or £ 9.95 for a policy to insure a couple.
If you want a policy that covers both emergency and routine work, a policy such as WPS's Providential policy could fit the bill. It provides a basic level of dentistry cover. Policyholders have to pay the first 25% of each treatment but can claim up to £ 250 per year towards routine treatment including check-ups, visits to the hygienist and fillings. Emergency dental treatment can be claimed up to £ 1,000 per year but cover for accidental dental injury is limited to £ 250 per treatment. For those aged between 18 and 49 the premium is £ 12.48 and it's £ 15.90 per month for those aged between 50 and 69.
For only £ 6 per month you can get basic dental cover with Universal Provident. Their policy insures you for up to £ 1,000 per year for routine work but it will not pay for check-ups. Accidental damage up to £ 1,000 per year and dental emergencies are insured up to £ 5,000 per year.
Many policies also place a maximum on the number of dental treatments that they'll pay for each year. For example, the policy from Boot's limits your claims to two check-ups, one crown and four fills a year up to £ 500. Boot's policies start at £ 9 per month.
So, as you can see from this tiny selection of policies, there are lots of options and lots of aspects to consider.
These are more expensive – but you pay for what you get! Before taking up a policy, your dentist has to make an assessment of your dental health and place you in one of, normally, five treatment groups. This will determine how much your scheme costs. The better your dental condition, the less you pay.
For example, Denplan's dental care scheme costs between £ 9 and £ 30 per month and they tell us that the average price is £ 16.
Cash Back Plans
The last alternative is a combined health cash plan. Dental care is covered along with a wide range of other health treatments such as optical treatment, hospital treatment, physiotherapy, chiropody even allergy testing. Each policy spells out exactly what is insured and the maximum value you can claim to for each type of health treatment. There's plenty of choice as most cash back plans offer three or four alternative levels of benefit. The more you pay, the more you are able to claim.
Some plans allow you to reclaim all of the cost up to the annual maximum set in each health category; some will only pay a proportion of the cost. With cash back plans, the maximum cover for dentistry tend to be in the £ 70 to £ 200 per year range depending on the policy you choose and the level of cover you choose.
For examples of back cash plans, visit the following web sites and click on "cash plans" when you get there: http://www.securehealth.co.uk and [http://www.hsa.co.uk].
How to find the best deals in Dental cover
As with most types of insurance, you'll find it cheapest on the Internet. Many companies give a 10% discount for buying on the Internet. Search for "dental insurance" but use the UK variant of your favorite search engine – otherwise masses of American sites will pop up!
The best sites are those that either compare dental plans or those which are operated by a specialist dental insurance broker. With these brokers, you submit your details and come back with the options and dental policies that best suit your requirements. They'll also be on the look out for special offers.
But if you are determined to go direct to an insurance company, you can still do it on the Internet – but it's illegally that you'll stumble on exactly the best policy! There are so many to choose from! And the broker will probably find it for you cheaper. So, it will come as no surprise to you that we recommend the broker route!
Is this thing on? Have you ever had a toothache so bad, you walked around holding your jaw? The pain you feel is nothing like you've ever experienced before. You thought to yourself, I have no dental insurance. HELP !! That cry for help you just let out, no one heard because it was only a thought. You were not actually talking to someone.
You believe you can not go to the dentist since you do not have insurance. You do not think it is not bad enough to go to the ER. How do you make this pain go away and not cause an even larger pain in your finances?
I was in this situation recently. The difference is that my pain was so bad, for two days my routine looked like this, get up, put a numbing agent on the tooth and try to sleep. When that did not work, get up take some aspirin to help make the pain go away and try to sleep for a while. Once the pain came back, wake up and try the numbing agent all over again.
Do you realize a toothache can get so bad that it can become infected? Once infection sets in, your face can begin to swell. Well, that is what happened to me. You can not let infection get out of hand. YOU MUST do something.
Do you know normally when a toothache happens, the dentist office is not open. My toothache started on a Friday night! When did yours start?
By Sunday, I was a little better that morning. When I was in less discomfort, I remembered I was a member of a discount dental plan.
Surely, this was going to give me some relief.
The benefits I read liked:
• It was effective as soon as I controlled
• It was for my entire household not just me
• It included vision benefits which I had not ever had before
• I could also use it when I traveled to different states.
When I first got my discount dental plan, I did not know how soon it would be before I used it. I was happy to have something in place for just in case a situation happened.
Do you know usually a toothache is unplanned? Then people find themselves in an emergency situation and spending more money than they would like to.
My discount dental plan literally saved me hundreds of dollars on the extraction of that tooth.[Top]
Practicing good nutrition and good dental health care are extremely important during your child's teen years. The teen years are challenging years and a proper diet, together with regular brushing and flossing play an important role in maintaining a healthy smile and preserving teeth for years to come.
Cavities and periodontal disease can be a serious threat to teens as well as adults and small children. Surveys have shown that bleeding gums are most prevalent among teenagers and three quarters of 13 year olds have gums that bleed. Here are some helpful tips to maintaining good dental health for teens.
• Thoroughly brush after meals whenever possible and floss daily.
• A proper diet is incredibly important to maintain and preserve good dental care. Avoid unhealthy snacking as well as sticky foods that cling to your teeth.
• Fluoride is important to help inhibit tooth decay, so remember to use a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste daily. Fluoride can also be found in mouth rinses and some foods.
• If your child is wearing custom-made appliances or dental braces, make sure they clean between the teeth and archwires by using floss threaders and orthodontic toothbrushes that are specifically designed to make cleaning teeth and braces easier.
• When playing sports, make sure your child is wearing a mouthguard to prevent dental injuries.
• Stress can often affect teenagers, leading to teeth grinding at night. If necessary, provide them with a night guard to prevent damage to the teeth and jaw during the night.
While many teenagers care about their appearance, it sometimes does not extend to their dental care. It is important that they create a dental care routine that fits into their busy schedules and includes flossing. In addition, some teens may want to have an oral piercing. Encourage your teen to discuss this decision with his or her dentist and, if your teen does get a piercing, make sure it is kept clean to prevent infection.
Remember that regular dental care is important for good oral health. Your teenager should not only brush and floss every day, but should visit a dentist at least twice a year. Encourage your teenager to discuss any problems they may have with the dentist. If he or she is experiencing any pain, bleeding from the gums or other problems, do not be afraid to talk to your dentist about it at your next visit. If you experience some severe pain, call your dentist immediately.[Top]
Good cleaning of the teeth is something that one is taught at his / her tender age. This is so because for you to maintain healthy teeth, you must ensure that you observe proper dental hygiene for a suitable amount of time.
The repercussions of not observing good dental hygiene can be manifested if not now but in the near future when you will start having problems with your teeth.
One of the simplest but a basic fact for good dental hygiene is brushing, brushing your teeth is the easiest way to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth and one of the ways to ensure that your teeth stay healthy as always.
It is required that you brush your teeth a minimum of two times daily if not three ie immediately after you have your breakfast or even after grabbing a snack during lunch hours this will ensure that you maintain your healthy teeth. Make sure you brush using a fluoride toothpaste for complete protection, you can ensure in between your teeth are clean by flossing them, these ensures that the food particles do not accumulate in between the teeth to provide a good bacterial breeding ground.
These are not only the ways that you can ensure that your mouth stays clean and healthy free from halitosis there are other ways you can do this.
Very few people are aware on the importance of chewing gum; chewing gum is one of the best way to keep the mouth clean since it increases the production of saliva in the mouth enabling neutralization of the plaque acid which would otherwise corrode the teeth. Ensure the chewing gum that you chew is sugar free since sugar is responsible for corrosion of teeth.
Reduce your sugar intake; This is by reducing the frequency of eating sugary foods and drinks. Taking sugary drinks when taken between meals at meal time reduces the chances of the teeth being cleaned by the saliva.
If you observe this you will always be smiling with clean healthy teeth.[Top]
Are you tired of the yellow teeth when you smile? You may want to consider dental veneers instead of anything else. What are dental veneers? Dental veneers are used to make your teeth look brighter and healthier. Cosmetic dentists will put the dental veneers on your teeth in order to improve your smile. Veneers are made from a porcelain material and are in the shape of your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth to ensure a long lasting hold that looks natural. There are many different styles to choose from so you can customize your smile.
When you first come to the dentist office, your dentist will want to clean your teeth to ensure that your mouth is clean and there are no bacteria or germs in the way. Next the dentist will remove the surface of your teeth in order to help bond the dental veneers directly against the original teeth. Then the dentist will take a dental impression of your teeth which will then be sent away in order to make a custom set of porcelain veneers. While your veneers is being ordered your dentist may place a temporary set of dental veneers in order to keep your teeth from becoming sensitive due to the enamel being removed from the teeth. During this time, you will need to be careful about what you eat and drink so you do not cause damage to the temporary veneers. Your dentist may give you a list of restrictions that you must abide by while you are waiting.
Once your porcelain veneers come in, your dental office will call and let you know as well as schedule you to come in. Once your appointment arrives, your dentist will put you in the chair, clean your teeth, and then place the porcelain veneers on your teeth. This is a slow process in order to make sure that the porcelain veneers lines up correctly. During this time, your dentist may need to shave the tooth off a bit in order to make sure that the dental veneers fit comfortably and perfectly before leaving the dentist office. There are several options with veneers but it is important that you get them to fit exactly right otherwise they will constantly bother you while you are wearing them.
You will need to be careful about what you eat and drink for a while because your teeth will be intolerable to staining since the enamel was shaved off. You will need to go back to your dentist on a regular basis in order to get your teeth cleaned and effectively keep them healthy so your smile will be just as you want it to be. When you get home, your teeth may also be sensitive to cold and hot things. You will need to sip soon until you find out what you are sensitive to.
Although it may seem difficult to undergo the complete procedure, but I'll say that it is actually worth the effort. When you smile, the early white teeth will not only look awesome, but will enhance your looks.[Top]
As temperatures rise, conversations regarding skin cancer become quite frequent. However, cancer prevention is a year round task, and visiting your dentist regularly may catch oral cancer early on in the game. The American Dental Association (ADA) has stated that "… approximately 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States." Some 25 percent of those people will die of the disease "and a new dental test can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working on developing the test. The product will allow dentist to use a brush to harvest cell samples from a patient's oral cavity. The technology is being worked on thanks to funding from a $ 2 million award awarded by the USA's National Institutes of Health.
The yet unspecified test is believed to generate an accurate oral cancer diagnosis in twenty minutes or less. Like other current cancer detection methods, at the present time oral cancer can only be confirmed with a biopsy and lab study. Depending on the location and work queue of the labs, getting the results may take time.
When it comes to any type of cancer, early detection is essential to conquering the disease. Tobacco users (both smokers and chewers), heavy drinkers, sun worshipers and those with a history of oral cancer need to always be on high alert for any suspicious changes in their oral cavity. Thankfully there are visual warning signs of oral cancer including:
- Pain or numbness in mouth
- Problems speaking, chewing and swallowing
- Changes in bite or general tooth health
- Skin discoloration in the mouth especially patches of red or white
- Sores that bleed or do not heal
- Lumps and bumps in the mouth (including the tongue)
- An area with the consistency of a scab
Before we can get to a point of understanding porcelain dental-veneers, it would be a good idea to first have a basic understanding of what dental veneers are, and what their roles in dentistry are.
Dental-veneers, as name suggests, are veneers that are worn over teeth. In simpler terms, they are specially-made tooth coverings. Like all other types of veneers, dental veneers are meant to 'cover-up' for something on the teeth. One thing that dental veneers can cover is teeth-coloring, giving the wearer what are effectively excellent white teeth! There are two categories of people who use this approach – of wearing veneers – to the teeth whitening problem. The first category is that of those whose teeth are so poorly stained that they will not respond to bleaching, which is for many people the 'first line of treatment' for teeth whitening. The second category is that of those whose teeth may not be so badly stained, but who nonetheless find the idea of teeth bleaching somewhat off-putting. Both groups find in dental veneers a teeth whitening aid that produces perfect results (the veneers worn are ultra-thin), and one whose effect holds for long.
Other things that dental veneers can cover include imperfect teeth alignment, missing teeth, or teeth spacing 'defects.'
Of course, the use of veneers is not limited to cosmetic dentistry only. Outside cosmetic dentistry, the veneers may also be used in the treatment of cracks and chips in the teeth – especially cracks and chips which are so big that bonding would not work in repairing them.
Now the veneers that are worn for these various functions are usually bought from dental providers, and then customized by dental technicians in dental clinics.
There are two main types of veneers: the porcelain dental-veneers we are looking at, and the so-called composite dental veneers.
What sets apart porcelain veneers, as the name suggests, is the material from which they are made from: porcelain. Porcelain veneers are made from the material known as porcelain whereas the so-called composite veneers are made from resin.
In making porcelain veneers, dental measurements of the person looking for them are normally taken in the dental clinic. The porcelain for making the veneers is usually worked into a very thin film using specialized machinery, so that upon their placement in the 'patient's' mouth, they end up integrating with the rest of the dental formula so well that another person will never know that something has been done to the teeth.
The main advantage that porcelain veneers have composite veneers is durability. It has been noted, time after time, that porcelain veneers do tend to last much longer than composite veneers. To be sure, the porcelain dental-veneers do also tend to cost a little more than the veneers. But then again, they more than make up for their higher price by their durability – as they are known to outlast composite veneers several times over. As such, they are first choice veneers for the quality-conscious dental patient, who has the money to purchase that quality.[Top]
Are you confused about how to deal with your dental misalignment? Well, you need not be anymore. The advancement in cosmetic dentistry has reached a point where it can satisfy all your expectations, but of course, only if you can afford the cost. Anyhow, if you are ready to have your teeth restructured, you must have made necessary provisions you would need to face a full-fledged orthodontic treatment course. Anyhow, you should know that nowadays there are special insurance plans available for cosmetic dental treatments.
This is a new addition in the field of medical insurance industry. However, insurance covers for cosmetic procedures can cost you dearly. Yet it is something to think about when you consider it in the light of constantly rising prices for various orthodontic treatments. Your dentist can provide you with better guidance in this regard. Alternately, you can inquire with your private medical insurance provider. You may also find online sources claiming to offer cosmetic dental insurance coverage but you never know how reliable these sources can be.
Proceeding further, your next responsibility is to find a good cosmetic dentist, also called as an orthodontist in the medical world. Orthodontic treatments are generally lengthy. It would take anywhere between 6 months to 2 years for a single treatment to conclude. The duration naturally depends on the severity of your issue. During this treatment course, your dentist would require you to have several appointments. Depending on the treatment modality, you would be visiting your dentist at least once in a month. Keeping this aspect in mind, it would be more feasible if you find a cosmetic dentist function near your locality. So you can save time and energy on traveling.
You should also check the credentials and service quality of your dentist before agreeing for any kind of treatment plan. Remember, apart from being time-consuming cosmetic dental treatments are highly expensive. Here, unfortunately if you end up with an incompetent dentist, you could have robbed of your money as well as time. Even your dental health can be in jeopardy. So, be cautious of unskilled and inexperienced dentists who are in this profession only to become rich. Ensure that your dentist holds a master's degree in dental surgery.
Finally, ensure that you are fit enough for a long-term dental treatment. Orthodontic treatments generally require high levels of oral and dental hygiene. You might not be able to continue with your old eating habits. Depending on the safety requirements of your orthodontic equipment, your dentist would dictate new diet rules which may limit your choices. Before starting the treatment, you should discuss all your dental issues in detail. These issues are not limited to the present ones. You should dislose your entourage past dental history to your doctor. If you are prone to toothaches or inflammatory gum diseases, you would be requiring special care and treatment. If you are suffering from weakened teeth or gums, your dentist would not proceed with any orthodontic procedure until you are successfully treated for your other issues.[Top]
The need for well grown teeth that would compliment a beautiful face is now widely perceived to be attainable through the use of dental braces. This is the reason why many children and even young adults have dental braces. With these need, insurance companies have now included dental braces as one item in their coverage to help families with the ever rising cost of dental braces because of its growing demand.
If you have an insurance policy already, try to examine the coverage. There are insurances that would tend to cover partially dental care but not to include dental braces. On the other hand, if you are still looking for an insurance coverage, and would need to have dental braces coverage as one of the more important aspect of your family's coverage, you have to examine the offers of the various types of insurance offered by insurance companies.
It is better to personally visit the office of the insurance company you are planning to get your insurance and inquire from them all that you would want to know about your dental braces coverage concerns. You have to tell them your concern if how many children do you have that might need dental braces and ask them if what type of insurance would be the best for your need.
You can also utilize the internet if you have a connection in your home. Visit the websites of the various insurance companies and study their offerings. There are insurance companies who include dental braces as part of their insurance coverage to a particular type of insurance. You can also find supplementary insurance purposely for dental braces. There are several types and forms of dental brace insurance coverage you can choose from the different sites of insurance companies.
Supplementary insurance for dental braces will be reasonably if you already have an existing insurance in place and have several children that might need dental braces. Considering the cost of dental brace, there have been several instances that parents would find themselves emptying their pockets of hard earned money to pay for the cost of dental braces that their insurance only partially paid for. Or worse, they would find to their consernation that their dental care coverage does not cover dental braces at all. These situations would be pretty troublesome for parents who would be hard put in looking for money to pay for the cost of dental braces and the corresponding dental service that goes with it.
One of the things that have lent popularity in having dental braces is the fact that it does reshape the face of a young person to become better to look at. A set of teeth that grows forwardly if left unchecked would result in a protruding mouth that is quite not good to look at. With dental braces, this can be corrected. This is why parents with children having signs of outward teeth growth are most likely to subject their children to dental braces.
In this respect, you would do well in getting an insurance that will cover dental braces or a supplementary insurance for it.[Top]
With the cost of basic commodities rising every day, people are having a difficult time budgeting the money for their basic needs, and this includes their dental care. This is why people are now turning to dental insurance so that they do not have to fret in case a major dental problem happens in the near future. But dental insurance is a bit on the expensive side and most of them offer limited coverage, and many of them do not even cover pre-existing dental conditions and cosmetic surgery which is needed by some people. These are the reasons why most people will not even bother getting dental insurance. Fortunately there is an alternative to expensive insurance, and that is discount dental plans.
Discount dental plans are now becoming the top selection of a lot of companies for their employees' use. With traditional dental insurance it often takes a while when processing applications, and when your applications do get approved the deductibles that they charge are more often than not too high. What's worse is that a lot of insurance companies force their policy holders to pay annual maximums regardless of their coverage needs, resulting to a lot of plan cancellations. These problems do not exist in discount plans. The great thing about discount plans you will get immediate discounts on dental services and on some selected products, no need to fill out a ton of paperwork that usually comes with traditional dental insurance. Discount plans do not require approval, and is activated in as fast as 1 or 2 days, meaning you can get the benefits faster. And another thing that makes discount plans even better is that they even if you have a pre-existing dental condition, you are still entitled to the discounts you want to avail of.
Although there is a disadvantage when you opt for discount plans, and that is your choice of scholars and clinics are very limited. Meaning, if you've always been visiting the same dentist for years, you may have to choose another if he is not on the list of enrolled doctors in your plan. You need to go to only those on your plan's list of dentists to avail of the discounts.
If you're thinking of getting discount dental plans, it is advised that you first understand the status of your dental health first. If your dentist says that it is advised for you to come and visit the clinic regularly due to a pre-existing dental condition then you must definitely get one. But on the other hand if you have unpredictable oral health and only need to go the clinic for routine checkup and maintenance, then you should find other plans.[Top]