Dr. Mark A. Marion

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Zelienople, PA 16063

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How do your medical benefits work?

How do your medical benefits work?

by Natalie (SU)
According to the National Association of Dental Plans, 249.1 million Americans (77% of the population) were signed up for dental benefits in 2016. There are two main ways to get those pearly whites covered; according to healthcare.gov, you can either enroll in a health plan (90% of those with private dental coverage do so through their place of employment), or choose to purchase your own plan.

Use It or Lose: The Benefits of Scheduling Your Dental Appointments in December

Use It or Lose: The Benefits of Scheduling Your Dental Appointments in December

by Natalie (SU)
It’s the Most Wonderful (and Important) Time of the Year to Schedule a Dental Appointment Don’t be left with a lump of coal this holiday. If you’re like many Americans, you’ve enrolled in a PPO, indemnity plan, or HMO through your employer. According to CBS News, 64% of Americans take the responsible step to enroll in a dental insurance plan; however, only 2 to 4% of those people will utilize their full yearly maximum allowance, where benefits and deductibles will often reset after December.

GERD and Oral Health

GERD and Oral Health

by Natalie (SU)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a condition of the digestive system where the acid in the stomach enters the esophagus repeatedly. When the muscle between the esophagus and stomach opens or doesn’t close tightly, acid can come up the esophagus and even enter the mouth. Not only can this be quite uncomfortable, it can cause damage to your teeth.

Are You or a Loved One at Risk for Oral Cancer?

Are You or a Loved One at Risk for Oral Cancer?

by Natalie (SU)
Most people probably know that like many other cancers, the earlier oral cancer is found, the more survivable it is. As we reported in September’s blog post, “Oral Cancer Statistics You Shouldn't Ignore, “ thousands of people die from oral cancer every year, and the astounding fact is that many of these deaths could have been prevented, had the cancer been caught early through routine screenings.

Oral Cancer Statistics You Shouldn't Ignore

Oral Cancer Statistics You Shouldn't Ignore

by Yenny (SU)
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, thousands of people will die every year due to oral cancer. What is astounding, is that many of these deaths could have been prevented. Here are some oral cancer statistics and risk factors you shouldn’t ignore.