Types of dental plans

California dental insurance plans are classified either as Managed-care or Indemnity plans. Indemnity dental plans offers a wider selection of providers, as compared to Managed Care. In the Indemnity plan, a company makes payment for covered service rendered as the received the relevant bills. It is essential for you to initially foot the bill or pay at the beginning. You will get the reimbursement from the insurance company later on.

Managed-care plan is one that is run through dental caregiver networks. California dentists who participate in the network. The dentists in the network consent to provide service to patients at company agreed rates, and submit claims to the company on your behalf. This boils down to lesser paper work and low self paid expenses for you, the insured. The California dental insurance comapny will then pay directly to the dentist.

Wisdom teeth removal cost !!

Wisdom teeth removal can range in price from $130 to $450 per tooth. This cost range does not include fees associated with sedation, X-rays, possible oral surgery necessities, or the proximity of the wisdom tooth to surrounding teeth and nerves. Extraction costs for impacted wisdom teeth are significantly higher than for erupted wisdom teeth. Any kind of Dental work is usually awfully expensive. California has several different kind of free programs that provide free dental care.

Reasons to visit your local California Dentist.

Best reason to visit your local California Dentist. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If not diagnosed in its early stages (gingivitis), it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis may follow. Regular visits to the dentist for check ups and dental cleanings, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease. California has the best desist around the United States.

Smoking and your teeth !!

Most of us know that smoking is bad for our health, but did you know that smoking is also a major contributor to many dental problems? Like, oral cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Smoking causes 75 % of all oral cancer.  The type of tobacco product used will dictate where the oral cancer will be located. Cigarettes aren’t the only products only to blame. All forms of tobacco, including cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookah water pipes, pose dental health concerns.Also Tobacco use reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to gingival tissue. Visit your local Southern California Dentistry for your dental care.

Mobile Clinic

The USC Oral Health Center provides a mobile dental clinic that is staff by USC Students and faculty.  The Mobile dental clinic visit fourteen sites each year and provides comprehensive care to children in urban and rural low income families in California.  The mobile clinic also provide valuable educational material about preventive care and how to avoid cavities.  The clinic also provides oral examination to all second graders in schools surrounding the university.

Cosmetic dentistry

Being in California, a lot of people worry about how their teeth look and seeking out dentists and insurance plans that will enable them to have a nice white smile.  Cosmetic dentistry refers to a dentist that renders services that helps makes a person look better.  The services that he performs does not necessarily improve their client’s teeth functionality in any way.  A good example of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening.  Most of things that help make one’s smile look better is not necessarily covered by one’s dental insurance plan.  So you will need to contact your insurance company to see what they do cover and what they don’t cover.  You will also need to see if the desired procedure gets an discounts as well.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance unlike medical insurance is not design to primarily cover the cost of diagnosing and treating illnesses.  Dental insurance is designed to ensure that you get regular preventive care.  A good dental care policy doesn’t usually require complex procedures.  Its just requires that you stick to a schedule and go in and get examine by a dentist and get x-rayed.  Most general practitioners can  take care of most people’s dental problems.  In some rare cases, you will need to see a specialist.  Fortunately in California we have tons of them.  There are probably more dentist in California than in most other states.

They key to keeping your teeth in good shape is preventing the problem.  So dental plans are design to encourage regular visits, routine cars, like gum and tooth cleaning, and diagnosing problems at the onset.  So the policy tend to place a greater burden on the patient once then get worse than preventative measures and we have to come out of pocket more for such things as root cannel, wisdom tooth removal and etc.

California Dental Association

The California Dental Association is the largest dental association in the United States with nearly 25,000 members representing about seventy two percent of the dentists practicing in the state of California.  It was founded in 1870.

The Association’s goal is to represent dentist serving the State of California.  They ask their members to be responsible to  society and to fellow members of their profession and to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical matter.  If you have problems with your dentist, the California Dental Association provide a vehicle to voice your concerns.

Business & Professions Code Section 1750

Business & Processions Code Section 1750 pertains to the requirements of unlicensed dental assistants.  The section specifically states:

Section 1750.  (a) A dental assistant is an individual who, without a license, may perform basic supportive dental procedures, as authorized by Section 1750.1 and by regulations adopted by the board, under the supervision of a licensed dentist. “Basic supportive dental procedures” are those procedures that have technically elementary characteristics, are completely reversible, and are unlikely to precipitate potentially hazardous conditions for the patient being treated.
(b) The supervising licensed dentist shall be responsible for determining the competency of the dental assistant to perform the basic supportive dental procedures, as authorized by Section 1750.1.
(c) The employer of a dental assistant shall be responsible for ensuring that the dental assistant who has been in continuous employment for 120 days or more, has already successfully completed, or successfully completes, all of the following within a year of the date of employment:
(1) A board-approved course in the Dental Practice Act.
(2) A board-approved 8 hour course in infection control.
(3) A course in basic life support offered by an instructor approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or any other course approved by the board as equivalent and that provides the student the opportunity to engage in hands-on simulated clinical scenarios.
(d) The employer of a dental assistant shall be responsible for ensuring that the dental assistant maintains certification in basic life support.
(e) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2010.

Dental Board of California

No matter which dental insurance company you use or who ever you go to see to get your teeth worked on, you need to make sure your dentist is properly licensed.  For citizens in the state of California, this task is made easy.  You can go to the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Dental Board of California and enter the dentist’s license number or name to verify if they are properly license.