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24 Dec 2015

Dental Expansion

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Say Aah! When it comes to our mouths, this is a familiar phrase when you sit down in your Ottawa dentists‘ chair, lean back and prepare for your examination/procedure. Our mouth muscles definitely get a lot of exercising and stretching while at the dentist as they are required to expand as much as possible in order to give the dentist better access to the teeth and gums.

There is another type of expansion related to the world of dentistry that is making people’s mouth open wide as well, but for another reason (and a good one at that).”The cabinet decided unanimously to approve the allocation of NIS 80 million to provide basic dental care for children aged 13 and 14 starting in 2016, thus expanding a reform Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman began in 2010. But despite the fact that parents are today not charged for basic dental care from birth through age 12, only 30 percent of them take advantage of the service, for which 300,000 more children will soon be eligible.The treatment is available at health fund dental clinics, and will be expanded to the new age group starting on January 1. Clalit, Maccabi and Meuhedet have their own dental clinics, but the smallest insurer, Leumit, has none and carries out the program through contracts with around 250 private dentists. The vast majority of the dentists are general dentists who treat patients of all ages and not pediatric dentistry specialists.”

Whenever dental care is expanded for the benefit of more people, it is always a good thing! If you haven’t seen your Ottawa dentist in a while, make sure to contact them and set up an appointment.

 

17 Dec 2015

Dental Insurance Tips

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2015 is almost over…can you believe it? Where did the time go? In our fast paced lives it’s important to stop and take a moment to ‘smell the flowers’ sometimes. It’s also important to stop and schedule a dental appointment with your Ottawa dentist. Your Ottawa dentist would recommend that you see them at least twice a year for a cleaning and check-up.

If you are lucky enough to work somewhere that provides for at least a percentage of your dental benefit allowance then that is another reason to make sure you visit your dentist regularly. The amount that you are able to claim annually is usually a fixed amount that doesn’t roll over to the next year (basically, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it!).

If you are someone who happens to be without dental insurance, fear not as there are still options out there for you. In addition to purchasing third party dental insurance on your own, here are some other options you can consider:

Create an emergency dental fund, and put aside money every month. “Unpredictable things happen, and you have to have a way to pay for it,” says Julia Hallisy, D.D.S., president of the nonprofit Empowered Patient Coalition in San Francisco. “You could bite on a peach pit and crack a tooth.

Check community health centers. Some offer low-cost dental care but may have limited services and, possibly, waiting lists.

Try university dental schools. Many charge 30 to 40 percent less than private dentists, and you’ll be treated by supervised students. “The quality of care is excellent,” says Judith Jones, D.D.S., professor of dentistry at Boston University and an American Dental Association spokeswoman.”

The best bet is to try to put aside money each month so you can either pay an Ottawa dentist or pay for the third-party insurance that will provide you with the coverage for an Ottawa dentist, as they are the best at providing full and professional dental examinations, diagnostics and remedies.