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Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report. Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost. That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children for whom cost poses a barrier to dental care, the study showed. Cost was the main impediment to dental care even for adults with private insurance. "It seems like medical insurance is doing a better job at protecting consumers from financial hardship than dental insurance," said study author Marko Vujicic. Typically, private dental insurance includes annual maximum benefit limits and significant "coinsurance" – the patient's share of costs on covered services, Vujicic explained. He is chief economist and vice president of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Battling Bruxism

Posted 20 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Bruxism, the clenching or grinding of teeth, commonly occurs while you sleep. It can cause headaches, jaw pain and tooth damage. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to cope with bruxism: Bruxism may be a sign of stress. To help alleviate stress, develop a soothing bedtime routine. Create a cool, dark and comfortable sleep environment, and don't let work into the bedroom. Sleep on your side or stomach, not on your back. Get regular exercise, and make sure you get enough sleep. Read more

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