What insurance plans does Periodontal Associates accept?
Most periodontal procedures are covered by the majority of insurance plans. Periodontal Associates accepts all dental insurance and will submit all insurance claims as a courtesy to our patients. We work directly with your insurance carrier to maximize your reimbursement for all covered procedures. In addition, our office is a preferred provider for Delta Dental and Blue Dental(Wellmark) insurance companies.
Please bring your up-to-date insurance info with you to your appointment so that we may best be able to facilitate your insurance reimbursement.
I’ve heard that gum disease is related to other diseases and overall health. Is this true?
The primary cause of periodontal disease is bacteria that reside in the plaque and calculus (tartar) that forms on teeth. When these bacteria exceed a healthy level, the body responds by releasing different cells, molecules, and proteins to fight the bacteria. A side effect of this process is inflammation, bleeding gums, and the release of inflammatory proteins and molecules. There is a wide body of research supporting the link between this increase in inflammation and an increased risk for other chronic inflammatory conditions including: heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Current research continues to evaluate this interaction between periodontal disease and these conditions. For further information click here
What causes periodontal disease?
The primary cause of periodontal disease is bacteria that reside in the plaque and calculus (tartar) that forms on teeth. There are a number of contributing factors that can accelerate or exaggerate periodontal disease including smoking, genetics, stress, diabetes, medications, an unstable bite, and poor nutrition. Click here
to learn more about the causes of periodontal disease.
How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Regular dental visits combined with good oral hygiene at home is the simplest and most effective way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled or power toothbrush and flossing once daily is very effective in removing plaque above the gums. Regular professional dental cleanings (every 3-6 months depending on the individual) are equally important in maintaining health, and can help recognize potential problems before they become harmful. Also, eliminating contributing factors such as smoking plays a large role in periodontal health. Your periodontist will discuss with you individual recommendations tailored to your specific needs.
Where can I get more information?Click here
to see a list of informational brochures created by the American Academy of Periodontology. In addition, the American Academy of Periodontology website contains excellent information and can be accessed here