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Posted by on 8:34 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You A Veteran In Need Of Dental Care?

Transitioning from the military can be tough, as it delivers a lot of financial and social uncertainties. Many veterans leave the military while being rushed through the process and may not have gotten a final dental checkup. Veterans Affairs (VA) dentist offices are available, but the wait time is long and doesn’t have a full set of services for everything from cavity followups to removals. If you need a bit more than a cleaning—or a cleaning a bit closer to home—here are a few ways that a non-VA dentist and the VA can help. Reducing Other Medical Costs To Afford Dental Work If you’re fresh out of the military and haven’t been out for more than 180 days, head to the VA as soon as possible. You can get a free dental appointment, and even if it covers just the basics, it can deliver a lot of information and assistance for when you need a non-VA dentist. At the very basic level, you can minimize your other medical bills, medication purchases, and other medical costs to make room for dental assistance. Unlike other medical benefits at the VA, dental assistance after 180 days comes with costs even at the VA, so you’ll want to make sure you’re not paying too much in other parts of your life to make a dental appointment happen. Every veteran with an other-than-dishonorable discharge is eligible for basic medical care at the VA. This means that you can get care around the same level as a general practice doctor’s office visit at little or no cost. You can also get basic medication such as painkillers, allergy medicine, cold packs, and immunization often at no cost. Spending that money out in the civilian world isn’t necessary. A Disability Rating Can Get The Referrals You Need If you’re a veteran with a service-connected disability, you’re eligible for no-cost or reimbursed cost dental visits. These benefit are enhanced if your disability involves dental health, such as losing or breaking teeth in the military, suffering an injury that damaged your mouth, or having a loss of dental structure. Don’t worry too much if you don’t already have a disability rating with the VA. If you’re sure you were injured and are adversely affected by military service, you have a good chance of success if you file a claim as soon as possible. If you wait longer, you may need a lawyer on your side to prove the connections between your injuries and military service. For dental-related injuries, a civilian dentist can help you by providing a dental examination that highlights your issues. This is often necessary because it’s hard to pinpoint a dental problem to specific military involvement if you didn’t have a dental visit while in the service. As not all military deployment areas have dental clinics and some incidents can go unchecked by clinics, this post-military analysis can help you argue how likely the military relationship may be. Contact a dentist, discuss your situation, and work towards getting the VA to cover your dental costs while sticking with your non-VA dentist of choice. For more information, contact local professionals like Beck Pearce...

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Posted by on 8:42 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Want A Whiter, Brighter Smile? Check Out Your Options For Tooth Whitening

Your smile can make a huge difference in your self-confidence and self-esteem, so taking steps to ensure your teeth are healthy is important. You may have no cavities and you may brush your teeth twice a day every day, but your teeth still have discoloration and stains. Learn more about how you can have whiter, healthier-looking teeth. Tooth Whitening In Your Dentist’s Office One of the best ways to whiten your smile is at your dentist’s office. Many people today visit their local pharmacy or department store for purchasing tooth-whitening kits they use at home. However, you should know that home tooth-whitening kits are not as effective as the whitening procedures done by your dentist. Your dentist can provide tooth-whitening using stronger bleaching material than the the peroxide you would get in a kit designed for home use. At your dentist, you can have the following whitening procedures: Whitening in the dental chair involves a dental technician making a mold of your teeth. Once the mold is made, you will have another appointment made to visit your dentist and a customized tray will be placed in your mouth. Before the tray is put in your mouth, it is filled with a bleaching agent. The tray will fit perfectly over your teeth because it was made using the mold taken of your teeth at your previous visit. The amount of time the tray remains in your mouth is determined by how discolored and stained your teeth are. Your dentist may perform laser-whitening for your teeth. When a laser is used to whiten your teeth, a tooth-whitening agent is applied to your teeth. The light from the laser works to accelerate the whitening effects of the agent, penetrating it and removing stains on a deeper level. Laser-whitening is a faster process for whitening your teeth. Whitening Techniques For People With Dental Prosthetics Like Crowns If you have crowns or a dental bridge, whitening used for natural teeth will not work on them. If you have stained on your crowns, your dentist will tell you how to remove them. However, your natural teeth around a crown or bridge can be whitened using the laser technique. Bear in mind that if your natural teeth are discolored or stained, it is likely your crowns or bridge is as well, having more than one treatment done for whitening both your natural teeth and your dental prosthetics is best. Your dentist can help you learn more about whitening your crowns or bridges. Caring for your teeth can include whitening procedures. If you are worried about the discoloration and stains on your teeth, visit your dentist (like those at Accent On Dentistry – Rowena R Martir DMD) to discuss having them...

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