Are You Getting Ripped Off By Your Dentist?

13753562-thief-in-the-cityHave you ever been to a dentist appointment for a routine check up and cleaning, only to be told about thousands of dollars in other procedures your dentist thinks you need?  In an article by Kiera Butler, on MotherJones.com, she asks the question “Are you getting ripped off by your dentist?”

The American Dental Association has described this trend as “creative diagnosis” and it is becoming more apparent in recent years. Many dentists may be up-selling dental procedures in order to collect more from the patient or insurance.  Studies have shown that dentists nowadays owe almost double the amount in student loans as in years past.  Could this be the reason?

So what should you watch out for at your next dentist appointment? Beware of specials. You may see an ad for a laser dentistry whitening package that seems like an awesome deal.  This could just be a ploy to get you in the door so dentists can up-sell.  Also, watch out for excessive x-rays. If your dentist recommends special x-rays, like the cone beam x-ray, you may want to get a second opinion since it is a more expensive type of x-ray. Trust your gut. If you feel you’re your dentist is going overboard on treatment, always get a second opinion.  It may cost you a little more for another consult, but could save you a whole lot in the long run.

You can read the full article by Kiera Butler from MotherJones.com here:  Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off?

How Often Should Your Child Have Dental X-Rays?

4225775-x-ray-shoot-of-human-mouth-and-teethYou take your children to the dentist once or twice a year for a regular check up.  But are you aware of how often they should be having dental x-rays at these visits? The purpose of x-rays is to allow the dentist to see signs of tooth decay, disease, or other potential problems that are not visible otherwise.

All x-rays use radiation that can potentially cause damage.  It is spread in tiny doses, but the effects of radiation from years of x-rays are cumulative. And, the risks associated with this radiation are greater for children than for adults.

Be sure that your dentist checks your child’s teeth, health history and risk factors, before deciding that x-rays are necessary. While x-rays are important for dentists, they are not necessary at every dental check-up. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Dental Association developed a chart that gives guidelines for recommended frequency and times for children’s x-rays by age group.  To see this chart, check out the article from Delta Dental here: How Many Dental X-Rays Do Your Kids Need?

Give Yourself a 60-Second Dental Check-Up

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Did you know that the American Dental Association estimates that more than 164 million work hours are lost every year due to oral health problems and dental visits. In an article written by Shubhra Krishan, you can find out how to give yourself a dental check up in just 60 seconds. In addition to regular dental visits, by checking your teeth, gums and tongue from time to time you can save yourself from more serious dental problems.  To learn how to give yourself a 60 second dental check up, read more here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/give-yourself-a-60-second-dental-check-up.html#ixzz36L9YjyX1