Taylor Dental October 2018

ATTENTION MILITARY RETIR Enroll In the New Dental Plan to Avoi

If you were in the military, or you have a family member who was, first off, thank you for your service to our country. Secondly, we want you to know about some changes to the military retiree dental benefits program that you’ll need to be aware of. Starting in 2019, the current TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP) is scheduled to end, and military retirees and their families will have the option to enroll for coverage under the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). The plans and providers offered under FEDVIP will be similar to those that were available under TRDP, so you may not experience a big change in your coverage depending on what you select. Open enrollment will be available Nov. 12, 2018, through Dec. 10, 2018, and coverage will

begin Jan. 1, 2019. The benefits and rates for 2019 for FEDVIP will be available starting in October 2018. You can find more information about enrollment at trdp.org/retirees. There are several insurance companies listed under the Federal Employee Dental program that you can choose from; our recommendation is the MetLife Federal plan. Taylor Dental is considered an in-network provider with MetLife , so choosing this option will help maximize your yearly dental benefits with us. Please keep in mind that even if you are enrolled in TRDP, you will not be automatically enrolled into the FEDVIP Program. To secure your dental coverage and avoid a gap after Dec., 31, 2018, you will need to enroll in a dental plan under FEDVIP.

The Sugary Substance Dentists Actually Recommend Xylitol Starves the Bad Bacteria in Your Mouth If you’ve ever seen the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” then you are familiar with the fictional sugar-filled labyrinth from which some of the most scrumdiddlyumptious sweets are delivered to the world’s candy stores. To children, the chocolate river, Everlasting Gobstoppers, and Fizzy Lifting Drinks are the mouthwatering epitome of fun, but adults might look at all that sugar and run away screaming. According to the American Diabetes Association, added sugar may be the unhealthiest aspect of the modern diet. Fortunately, the natural sweetener xylitol provides a healthier alternative. WHAT IS XYLITOL? Xylitol is a white, crystallized sugar alcohol. It looks and tastes like sugar, but it has fewer calories and only has a negligible effect on blood sugar levels. You can find small amounts of it in many fruits and vegetables, which is why many define it as “natural.” You can also find xylitol in birch trees, but more often than not, scientists make it in a lab using the plant fiber xylan. Xylitol is considered a healthier choice than fructose, especially high fructose corn syrup, which spikes blood sugar and insulin levels. This spike can lead to insulin resistance, weight gain, risk of heart disease and cancer, and several other serious health-related issues.

WHY DO DENTISTS RECOMMEND IT? Many dentists recommend using xylitol-sweetened chewing gum— no, not the kind that turned Violet into a giant blueberry. Studies indicate that xylitol can prevent tooth decay. One of the leading risk factors for tooth decay is a type of oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. Having traces of this bacteria on your teeth is normal, but when there is an abundance, your immune system starts attacking it. These attacks often lead to inflammatory gum diseases that can cause gingivitis. To stay alive, these bacteria feed on sugar from the food you eat, but oddly, they can’t process xylitol. If you replace your sugar intake with xylitol, the bacteria will still eat it, but their energy pathways will become clogged and they will starve.

It is not often that a dentist recommends that their patients chew on sweets, but consuming this sugar can do wonders for your teeth and gums.

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