Prevent Acid Dental Erosion

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There are a number of things you can do:

  • Only drink acidic food and drinks, and fizzy drinks, and sodas  at mealtimes. This will reduce the number of acid incidents on your teeth.
  • Drink quickly, without ‘swishing’ it around your mouth. Or use a straw to avoid long contact with your teeth.
  • A meal with cheese or milk will help cancel out the acid.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating. This produces more saliva to help cancel out the acids which form in your mouth after eating.
  • Wait at least one hour after eating or drinking anything acidic before brushing your teeth. This gives time to build up your teeth’s mineral content again.
  • Brush your teeth before bedtime and at least once during the day, with fluoride toothpaste. Use a brush with medium to soft bristles.
  • Use a toothpaste with a fluoride.
  • Spit after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer.

And finally,

As well as using a fluoride toothpaste, our dental team may suggest additional treatment.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Schienfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Mismanaged Dental Care Harms Every Patient

Xerox Pays $236 Million to Settle State of Texas Dental Fraud Case

Xerox became the State of Texas’ Medicaid administrator in 2003. According to the lawsuit by the Texas Attorney General, between 2004 and 2012, Texas expended approximately $1.1 billion on orthodontics under the Texas Medicaid program. According to the State’s lawsuit, Xerox, and ACS, Inc. before it, repeatedly represented to Texas Medicaid officials that their prior authorization system ensured proper predeterminations of qualifications.

The State’s lawsuit alleged that Xerox violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act and “rubber-stamped” prior authorization requests by unqualified clerical employees, allowing “vast numbers” of orthodontic procedures for children whose condition did not meet Medicaid criteria for treatment. The company, formerly known as Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., before Xerox acquired it, was
also accused of making false statements or representations in Medicaid filings
with the state.

Example after example of government fraud, and yet a disproportionate number of Americans still want their healthcare under a single payer system.

The settlement comes after a three-year WFAA investigation that uncovered millions of dollars in alleged overbilling by Texas dentists targeting low-income children for unnecessary and often harmful dental and orthodontic work.

The shame is that people think government run healthcare is the better way to deliver  services. We think the better way is free market fee for service in the absence of colluding insurance companies and lazy government agencies administering your care.

We offer our patients a personal experience. We focus on the benefits to you, which include quality care, individual treatment and creative solutions, and the expert dental professional of your choice each visit, no “over-treatment” and no “government mismanaged” healthcare.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Corporate DENTIST THE MENACE

Are they managed neglect or managed care?

Corporate Dentistry

Under these corporate practices, the insurance companies list the dental provider as the corporate entity, not a licensed dentist.  If you go in for an exam, you are suddenly told you need hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of work, much of which is barely covered by insurance. The dental work may not even be needed.  Check the complaints on Monarch Dental as an example.  You would think the Dental Board would have stopped the damage by now.

The insurance companies try to further enhance their profits by using these type offices to keep costs low in this economy. Insurance companies were quick to catch on to a plan that focused on efficiency and savings for their interests, so they were instrumental in creating and selling these dental programs to employers.

As a result, employers are dropping their PPO dental insurance for the cheaper HMO policies.  Dental insurance companies can then assign these PPO patients, who used to have freedom to choose their dentist, to these corporate offices.  Dental insurance is always beneficial to the insurance companies, like Las Vegas Casinos.  Unlike health insurance, it is non catastrophic, and it is rarely cost effective for you, the insured.

Your problem is:

  1. Dentists are seen as employees of the dental corporations.
  2. Dentists have to fulfill patient and productivity quotas.
  3. Dentists in these settings often lack significant experience.
  4. Dentists in these settings come and go.
  5. And there’s an overuse of 3rd party finance companies involved

We get it.   These organizations are trying to commoditize your oral healthcare, by  offering low fee special introductory offers, discounts and promotions, including things like free tests, cleanings and exams.  What we want you to know is ‘what happens after those offers run out and private practitioners go the way of medicine’?

We offer our patients a personal experience. We focus on the benefits to you, which include quality care, individual treatment and creative solutions, and the expert dental professional of your choice each visit, no “over-treatment” and no “forced credit cards”.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Geriatric Dental Specialists

Where do I take my parents?

Geriatric Dentist near me

More and more, oral health care is playing a greater role in maintaining our aging population.  It has become vital to older patients as it relates to their overall global health. While effective preventive measures exist for younger populations (water fluoridation, dental sealants and parents), no preventive measures have been devised to address the expected increase in oral health needs of the aging population.  Given the issue, yours or your parent’s oral care may need a prosthodontist and her team.

Oral health conditions affected 3.9 billion people last year, and untreated caries in permanent teeth was the most prevalent condition evaluated for the entire Global Burden of Disease Study (global prevalence of 35% for all ages combined).[1] Oral conditions combined accounted for 15 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) globally, implying an average health loss of 224 years per 100,000 population.[2]

DALYs due to oral conditions increased 20.8% between 1990 and 2010, mainly due to population growth and aging.[3]  In 2015, the US population increased to 320 million (3.08 million in 2010) and 14.7% of the population will be aged 65 years or older.

Our Right Smile team has taken a leadership role in the delivery of health care services to the seniors who deserve to be treated with the best oral health care we have to offer.  Dental Insider ranks our practice as the only “10” out of 10 in the Sandy Springs area.

In our offices, Dr. Scheinfeld is the prosthodontist specializing in geriatric care. With Dr. Orland’s and Scheinfeld’s nursing home experience,  the Right Smile Team (including in-house periodontal treatment and implant placement) is designed to treat our aging population.  Call for an evaluation of your oral health care needs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


[1] Wagner Marcenes, Queen Mary University, London,  IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research

[2] http://www.biologytechnologyinstruments.com

[3] Ibid

Screwed By Your Insurance Company

Consumer being screwed

 HR 1418, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, if enacted, will amend a section of the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which exempted the insurance industry from provision of the Sherman Act and Clayton Act.  The only other industry exempt from antitrust laws is Major League Baseball. 

It is preposterous that this anti-free-market exemption is still on the books, and the insurance industry abuses it to the detriment of you, the patient.  This exemption gives insurance companies the power to collude to drive up prices, limit competition, conspire to underpay doctors and hospitals, and price gouge consumers.

Not only will HR 1418 protect you, it will ensure the health insurance industry is subject to the same rules as virtually every other industry.  Patients, doctors, and hospitals all benefit when health insurers compete to provide a variety of quality coverage options. The healthcare market should be patient-centric and should provide a variety of affordable and quality options, all fostered by competition.

There is no reason in law, policy, or logic for the insurance industry to have special exemptions that are different from all other businesses in the US that has allowed the insurance industry to have ruined your healthcare for decades. The government should not be picking winners or losers, and the insurance industry should also have to comply with federal anti-trust laws. It is unthinkable that the health insurance industry has been permitted to avoid accountability for so long under the laws and standards that govern other aspects of American business.

Without repeal, dentists, patients, and the public won’t know the extent to which they have been affected by the McCarran-Ferguson Act’s negative impact on competition within the health insurance industry. Under the bill, consumers may finally receive the relief they need from being under the thumbs of the insurance industry.  CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS AND DEMAND THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Dentist: Women and Your Oral Health

mature woman smiling

As a woman, you know that your health needs are unique. This, of course, includes your oral health needs. And because your needs are unique, you need to take extra care of yourself.  The hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s life affect many tissues, including gum tissue.

These fluctuations occur when you mature and change, as you do during puberty, and menopause, not to mention other times when you have special health needs, particularly during menstruation and pregnancy.

According to the Journal of Periodontology[1] at least 23 percent of women between the ages 30 to 54 have periodontitis.[2]  And, 44 percent of women ages 55 to 90 who still have their teeth have periodontitis.  Yet many women do not realize they have it until it reaches an advanced state, which is why regular hygiene check-ups are so important.

What Should You Do?

  1. See us for cleaning at least twice a year – you need to monitor your oral health. And this is a part of your exams.
  2. Keep us informed about any medications you are taking and any changes in your health history.
  3. Brush and floss properly every day.  Review your techniques with a dental professional.

If there any questions that you might have, please call us to discuss them.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] January 1999 issue of the Journal of Periodontology

[2] Periodontitis is an advanced state of periodontal disease in which there is active destruction of the periodontal supporting tissues.

Top Sandy Springs Dentist: No Symptoms?

Top Sandy Springs dentist near meJust because you are experiencing no symptoms doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. Experiencing No Symptoms is one of the reasons why people don’t visit their dentist.

We recommend our patients visit us for a check-up at least every six months.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen in most practices.  According to a statistic done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016, only 64.4% of adults aged 18-64 had one dental visit for that year.

Dentists recommend that you go for a check-up every six months even without symptoms; there is a need to prevent small dental problems from becoming big dental problems.  Why? Two reasons, one because patients can’t do at home what can be done in an office visit and two, because small problems are easier to handle than big problems.  A dentist finding a problem that is not yet a danger is beneficial to the patient because the dentist is able to intervene before it becomes a big problem.

Not taking good care of your teeth and gums can lead to more than bad breath or a toothache. While the nature of the link isn’t always clear, oral health can say a lot about your overall well-being.  The research has linked oral health problems such as periodontal or gum disease to many health conditions, including diabetes, heart and kidney disease, asthma, osteoporosis, cancer and now Alzheimer’s, .

Yet it’s hard to show in these studies what the relationship is because these diseases are all multifactorial.  So the watch phase is, even if you have no symptoms, it is best to keep visiting the dentist every six months. If we say that everything looks perfect than great!

If we can be of help, please feel free to give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com