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Dennis C. Ayer, DDS, LLC Blog

Use It or Lose It: How to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits in 2021

October 8, 2021

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Closeup of person throwing away money in the trash

Are you currently insured through an individual plan or your employer? If so, then you have access to numerous perks that benefit your oral health, like 100% coverage of preventive care and 50%-80% of restorative treatments. Sadly, many patients are unaware that unused benefits don’t “carry over” into the following year. Essentially, unless you use them, you lose them. As a result, you could be leaving valuable money on the table year after year. Here’s how to prevent that from happening!

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Your Patient Bill of Rights (Just in Time for July 4th)

July 4, 2021

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July 4th graphic

This weekend, people around the country are going to come together for BBQs and fireworks to celebrate America, with the theme of “freedom” being especially important after a year like 2020. In addition to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution’s “Bill of Rights” is also an extremely important part of why we’re honoring our country. When you visit your dentist in Leawood, Dr. Dennis Ayer, you’re also entitled to a “Patient Bill of Rights,” and you can learn more about it and how it will guarantee a great visit every time you step through our doors.

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Do Implant Dentures Really Make a Difference?

May 26, 2021

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Digital model of implant dentures in LeawoodYour teeth are important for more than just a beautiful smile. They are also crucial for your oral and general health. If you’ve suffered significant tooth loss, your quality of life and self-esteem have also likely declined. To restore your smile, you’ve probably given dentures a try. Despite your high expectations, you might have been disappointed with their fit and functions. You don’t need to struggle with their limitations. You can stabilize your denture with dental implants. While you’ve heard about their benefits, are implant dentures in Leawood really any different? Yes! Here’s how you can regain a nearly perfect replica of your real teeth.

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Discover the Link Between Gum Disease and COVID-19

February 27, 2021

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Dentist in Leawood for gum disease treatment.Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve made several changes to stop the spread of the virus, like wearing a facemask and using hand sanitizer frequently. Although both will reduce your chance of illness, new research suggests a link between gum disease and COVID. According to a report in “The Mouth COVID Connection,” a study found hospitalized patients with coronavirus and underlying gum disease had a higher likeliness of respiratory failure. In addition, gum disease is also linked to increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Your dentist in Leawood recommends committing to your gum health to promote a healthy mouth and body.

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BOTOX vs. Dermal Fillers: Which Treatment is Right for You?

January 28, 2021

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dentist administering facial filler into the jaw-area of a patient

Many estheticians, dentists, and doctors introduce usually mention BOTOX and dermal fillers alongside each other, which can make them seem like they offer the same results. However, they’re completely different cosmetic procedures that are used to address separate types of facial imperfections. If you’re trying to choose between BOTOX or dermal fillers in Leawood, read below to find out which types of injections would work best to help you achieve your ideal results.

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Why Regular Dental Care Is Crucial for Seniors in Assisted Living

December 31, 2020

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gray-haired man visiting his dentist for seniors in Leawood

It’s no secret that good oral health is vital to having great overall health. Dental health problems like gum disease have been linked to issues like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, the risk of these problems increases with age. In fact, more than 27% of people over the age of 65 don’t have any of their natural teeth left! Missing teeth can make it difficult to enjoy a varied diet of nutritious foods, resulting in further health complications. That’s why, if you have a loved one in an assisted living center, you should make sure they take care of their oral health. A dentist for seniors in Leawood explains the importance of regular dental care for senior citizens.

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5 Tips from a Dentist to Maximize Dental Insurance Benefits

November 10, 2020

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Dental tools laying on top of hundred dollar billsBetween preparing for Thanksgiving and doing some early holiday shopping, visiting your dentist may not be high on your priority list. However, if you do not take action soon, your dental insurance benefits will likely expire! Insurance coverage typically does not roll over from one year to the next. You pay your insurance premium every month, so you shouldn’t let any remaining benefits go to waste. Fortunately, there is still time to act. Here are 5 tips from a dentist in Leawood on how to maximize your dental insurance benefits before the end of the year. (more…)

Why Patients Prefer Teledentistry in the Time of COVID-19

October 1, 2020

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Dentist in Leawood videoconferencing with patient As the COVID-19 crisis continues in Kansas and across the country, many men and women are putting off dental checkups out of an abundance of caution. However, skipping trips to the dentist altogether can put your oral health at risk. Preventive care is key to maintaining a healthy smile and avoiding cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Fortunately, you can still consult with a dentist in Leawood without leaving home thanks to teledentistry! Read on to learn why many patients are switching to digital dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)

Your Dental Insurance in 2020: Use It or Lose It!

September 19, 2020

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Man smiling outside after saving money with dental insuranceOut of nowhere, you’re months away from the end of the year. However, 2020 isn’t the only thing that will disappear when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Contrary to popular belief, your dental insurance benefits do not carry over into the next year, so any unused dental dollars will be completely wasted when 2021 begins. Thankfully, your dentist has provided some pro tips on how to maximize your benefits! Read on to learn more.

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The Surprising Relationship Between Your Oral & Overall Health

August 17, 2020

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Woman smiling outside after visiting the dentist in Leawood

With COVID-19 still a risk, there is a lot of uncertainty right now. However, one fact that is surer than ever is the importance of dental care. Maintaining a clean and healthy mouth helps you eat, speak, and enjoy your day to day life, but your oral health can also have an impact on your overall wellbeing. Read on to learn about the significant effects that your mouth can have on the rest of your body from an experienced dentist in Leawood.

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