Dr. Mark A. Marion

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New Year, New Smiles

New Year, New Smiles

by Natalie (SU)
When the New Year comes around, people tend to make resolutions – often about their health and appearance. The beginning of the new year is when we try to say goodbye to old habits, and welcome new ones into our lives, sort of like hitting the reset button. Many people’s resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, or to quit smoking. One of those important health topics associated both with being healthy and looking good, is dental care. Many people make it a goal to achieve a happy and healthy, clean looking smile.

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.

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