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How much has your dental insurance increased your yearly benefits in the past 20 years? ZERO! NONE!

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When I started practicing 20 years ago, the maximum yearly benefit allowed by even the best dental insurance companies was about 1000-1500$. Fillings were about 85-100$. Cleanings were about 45-50$ and crowns were 650$. 

As time goes on, services and things, in general, get more expensive. Never cheaper right?  Crowns are now north of 900-1000+. Cleanings are 90-100$. And Fillings are 180-200+. Do yo know how much your dental insurance has increased your yearly benefits in the past 20 years? ZERO! NONE! 
The maximum each year for dental insurances is still 1000-1500. And you know how long it’s been like that?  Way before I started practicing. In the ’70s and 80’s it was ...

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Dental insurance is notoriously limited!

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Both in the amount that they will cover and in what they will pay out for. Leaving you, the patient, with co-pays that are unnecessary. 

But what if your MEDICAL insurance would actually pay something?  

Wouldn’t that be great?  They have no yearly maximums, fewer frequency limitations and sometimes, your deductible isn’t even a factor!

Can this be true?

Absolutely.  Legally and ethically this is all doable. 

If you’ve had mouth issues due to accidents or trauma medical insurance can possibly kick in. If you have mouth issues due to medical conditions, medications, medical procedures, smoking...medical insurance can kick in. We know how to access all those benefits for you so ...

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Top 5 reasons people don't go to the dentist

Teeth With Braces | Lucio H. Kim DDS

1) Fear: According to the American Psychological Association, "fear of the dentist" consistently ranks in the top tier of people's biggest fears. For many reasons, a lot of people just do not like coming to the dentist out of fear.  And I get this a lot. Usually this is a deep-seated fear from a painful / bad experience when the patient was younger.  The best way to start "rehabbing" your way psychologically back into dental care is to find a dentist you are comfortable with.  Communication is KEY to help patients overcome their anxieties.  But if the idea of dental offices still scare the bejeezus out of you, talk with the ...

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Have a Coke and a smile?

Soda and Your Smile | Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Remember that slogan from a little way back?  Turns out, not so accurate.  Have a coke and chances are you will have an artificial smile. The soda companies have such a huge lobby in Washington that it's tough to fight them. Plus there are so many other issues going on right now, that a little bit of sugar doesn't seem to be high on the priority list. But the overall health of our kids is on the decline.  That is a fact.  And this means our future is in jeopardy.  

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Who has an extra 1000$ for....anything???

Who Has Extra Money | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

So you just broke a tooth.  

Something has started to ache in your teeth and you haven't been to the dentist in a few years. Your car has started to make funny noises. You walk into a flooded laundry room. Things in your mouth (and life) sometimes come up unexpectedly.  

Hey, that's life right? You have to get it fixed, right?

Oh, but that filling is how much? More questions than anything...but one of the main ones I get is "Do you have any payment plans?".  I used to say "I have CareCredit...or You can pay as you go..." But now I say "Yes! Yes I do".  

Our Glendale Office Understands

Not ...

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The Mouth-Body Connection

The Mouth-Body Connection | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

One of reasons I got into dentistry was that it was rarely life or death.  

And while I absolutely take my job seriously, on a bad day, the patient loses a tooth....which we can easily replace.  Not TOO horrible, right?  

But over the past 18 years I've been practicing, there have been new developments on how your oral health can affect the rest of your body and your life.  No, this is any kind of earthy-crunchy, oil pulling holistic crap.  This stuff can kill you.

I used to just think that "it made sense" that the bacteria in your mouth could POSSIBLY affect the rest of your body.  There is a ...

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