Spring Allergies: How to Protect Your Eyes

Posted by Erica Laceria on Apr 26, 2017 @ 03:50 PM

With the changing of seasons also comes new and more irritating allergens. You step outside to enjoy the ever-warmer weather only to find that your eyes begin to itch and run. It’s possible that you have seasonal allergies that are affecting your eyes. Eye allergies can be some of the most annoying allergies to have. No one finds comfort in swollen, runny, red, and itchy eyes! As budding plants begin to release pollen, your eyes can start to really act up. If you wear contact lenses the situation can worsen as pollen can bind to your lenses! 

Unfortunately, trees, grass, and weeds all release pollen into the air. Luckily the pollen from your favorite flowers doesn’t usually trigger allergies because this pollen moved around by insects rather than by the wind. Wind borne pollination happens at different times in the year, but reaches its peak in the spring. When these particles get into the nasal passages of somebody who is allergic, they send the body's defenses into overdrive.

According to WebMd, “The immune system mistakenly sees the pollen as a danger and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. That leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms…”  When the body starts attacking the pollen as a threat, it causes the symptoms we associate with allergies. 

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Topics: causes of eye allergies, relief for seasonal allergies, how to protect your eyes, spring allergies

What is UCR and how does it affect my Dental PPO plan costs?

Posted by Brooke Ellis on Apr 24, 2017 @ 04:19 PM

Dental PPO (DPPO) insurance plans offer you the flexibility to visit both in-network and out-of-network dentists, as you might already know. That means, if you have a DPPO plan, you can see your favorite dentist—even if he or she is not a member of your dental plan’s provider network.

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Topics: DPPO

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Care During Pregnancy

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Apr 17, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Changes. This word takes on a whole new meaning when you are expecting. A woman's body goes through a transformation as it prepares to become the temporary home for her baby. Some changes are obvious, such as her growing belly, weight gain, morning sickness, increased hair growth, fatigue and more. However, some changes, like those that occur in the mouth, are not so noticeable. As we discussed in our last blog post, Why are my gums swollen and bleeding during pregnancy, some women experience oral health issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease.

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Topics: Dental Care During Pregnancy

Taking the Bite out of Menopause and Osteoporosis

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Apr 12, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Changes. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher knew what he was talking about when he said, “Change is the only constant in life.” We use this phrase often to describe the world of business and technology. But this quote is also perfectly reflected in a woman’s body, from adolescence, to menopause, and beyond.  

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Topics: menopause, menopause and osteoporosis

Do Virtual Reality Glasses Affect My Health?

Posted by Erica Laceria on Mar 15, 2017 @ 03:18 PM

Stepping into a virtual reality world is easier and more accessible than ever with capable smartphones in pockets of millions of Americans. Taking a gondola ride in Venice or exploring the coral reef without leaving your living room allows us to experience new parts of the world. But what effect does virtual reality (VR) have on our health - specifically our eyes?

Transient Smartphone Blindness: What is it? 

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Topics: eye care, Eye Health

Why is Dental Insurance Separate from Medical Insurance?

Posted by Erica Laceria on Mar 1, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

You just enrolled in your company’s benefit package and make an appointment to visit the dentist. Once you arrive, you find out your plan doesn’t cover your visit. Besides the fact that this is upsetting, you’re probably asking yourself, shouldn’t medical insurance cover your whole body's health? The mouth is part of your body, after all. Why is dental insurance separate from medical insurance? The following are a few reasons your teeth are covered separately. 


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Topics: dental insurance, medical insurance

What is the Impact of Your Diet on Your Gums?

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Feb 28, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

We all know that our diet can influence diabetes and heart disease, but do you know the impact of your diet on your gums?

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In the News: Can a Toothache Turn Deadly?

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Feb 8, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

You might have seen in the news recently that a young man died from a tooth infection. It’s a scary prospect, but it can happen: a toothache can turn fatal. Sadly, a 26-year-old man died about two weeks after complaining of a toothache. He took dentist-prescribed antibiotics, but sadly, the infection spread to his lungs.

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Topics: toothaches, causes of toothaches

Why are my gums swollen and bleeding during pregnancy?

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Jan 30, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

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Topics: oral health and pregnancy, swollen and bleeding gums during pregnancy

Children's Dental Health Month: Encourage Good Habits

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Jan 26, 2017 @ 04:11 PM

It’s almost February, and that means it’s time to focus on your children's dental health! While it’s important all year, the American Dental Association sponsors Children's Dental Health Month annually to help spread the importance of starting your kids off on a lifetime of healthy habits.

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Topics: oral health overall health connection, dental care, oral health, child oral health, children brushing, oral health and children, brushing teeth, flossing

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