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To Add Insult to Cold Weather – It Can Be Rough on Your Mouth!

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Question:  “Can cold weather really affect my teeth?”

Answer: Yes! Here are a few things to look out for as the weather turns cold!

  1. Dry Mouth – The winter means that your body in general will be more dry than in the summer. It doesn’t help that you may have the heat on for most of the day, which makes your nose, throat, mouth, skin, etc. very dry. To battle cotton mouth, drink more water and try to stay away from consuming a lot of alcohol and caffeine. A humidifier can also help combat the dryness.
  2. Sensitive Teeth – Remember that time you had a cold beverage or a spoonful of ice cream and you shivered right to the core? Cold air can have the same effect and make your teeth feel more sensitive. Try using a toothpaste that is geared towards sensitive teeth and make an appointment with to see us if it gets worse over time. The cold wind might be exposing a cavity you didn’t realize you had before.
  3. Cold Sores – Having chapped lips aren’t the same thing as having cold sores, however they do have at least one thing in common; they’re more prevalent in the winter. Cold sores can be triggered by stress, hormones or extreme tiredness. To prevent cold sores your overall health has to be good. You can try to shield your face from the wind with scarves or turtlenecks and chapstick. Also the less you touch your cold sores, the faster they will heal.
  4. Infection – Your gums are at a higher risk for infection because your body generally has to work harder to stay healthier in the cold weather. With your immune system being barraged left and right with flus, colds, and general aches and pains due to the cold, your mouth may not have the protection it needs to keep an infection from setting in. The best way to protect yourself is to keep your teeth and general oral hygiene as clean as possible so that bacteria doesn’t have a chance.
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So, Is Your Dental Insurance Scaring YOU?

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Even though Halloween is over, the scary part of our year may just be beginning?  It is OPEN ENROLLMENT! As you start to choose or renew your insurance, you might have some questions?

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QUESTION:  Are you In network with my new dental insurance?

ANSWER FROM SANDY:  Though the answer should be “cut-and-dried”, In and Out of Network have very different implications for dental insurance and medical insurance because these types of insurance are written very differently.  Dental insurance has specific coverage outlined for preventive care (Come get your teeth cleaned!) and other treatments (“Ouch, my tooth hurts!”) But the difference in coverage for your dental care at Rob E. Sable DDS PC between In and Out of Network for many dental insurances may be a LOT less than you think!

Is this clear as mud yet? I’ll keep going… Our fees are consistent with the “usual and customary fees (who talks like that?) for almost all In-Network plans.  What does that mean?  That means that you get really good insurance coverage in most cases, despite the fact that our our dental practice is not In-Network for your dental insurances.  Do I hear doubt already?  REALLY, I can help you understand your plan if you have questions.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO KNOW: If you have dental insurance, it will cover all or much of your dental cleanings with ROB E. SABLE DDS PC, and much of other treatment you may need. So USE it! I can help you figure it out but so can your dental insurance company which in many cases is not even the same company as your medical insurance.

Open enrollment FEAR?  We call it opportunity to come see us more and let us take care of you, your beautiful teeth and your health.

~Sandy Palermino, Office Manager, 770 475-7551