State Medicaid Dental Plans

We participate in the following state medicaid dental plans: Aetna, BCBS, Cigna Health Spring, Humana, Illinicare, and Family Health Network. If we do not participate in your plan, call your case insurance company and switch plans to continue to be seen by our office. It takes one month!

Molina Health Care
855-766-5462
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Meridian Health Care
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Medicaid Dental Insurance

As of March 1st 2016, many of our patients we have been seeing have been transitioned into new Medicaid dental coverage offered by Molina Health Care and Meridian Health Care. This is a mandatory transition. Some may have been aware of the transition as letters from the state were sent out, and to others, it may have come as a surprise. In an effort to provide continuity of care, we have attempted repeatedly to network with Molina health care and Meridian, but unfortunately, Molina and Meridian do not value the benefits provided by board certified Lurie affiliated pediatric dentists.

We have always offered a service above and beyond what is typical in an effort to provide highly specialized pediatric dental care to the most sensitive population, including special need and medically compromised children. We have some of the most highly trained and board certified pediatric dentists, all of whom are affiliated with one of the top nationally ranked pediatric children’s hospitals in the nation, Ann and Robert Lurie children’s hospital of Chicago. To our knowledge, there are no other dental offices with our credentials contracted with Molina and/or Meridian.

We are extremely disappointed in Molina and Meridians Health Care’s failure to work with our office to provide adequate reimbursement that would allow us to continue to provide the level of service we see fit for our patients. We refuse to compromise our patient experience and quality of care we provide.

Many of our patients are disappointed by Brightsmiles when they are informed they are no longer eligible to be seen by our office.  It is hard to take the brunt of the frustration that we share with our patients.

Therefore, we ask our patients and their families affected by this transition, seeking to continue to be seen by our office, to complain to Molina Health Care and Meridian Health Care, and demand that they contract with our office,  BrightSmiles Pediatric Dentistry.

As an office, we are out of options. We ask you, our treasured patients and families, to ensure your concerns are heard. You hold much of the power in your hands to create change.

Molina Health Care
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Meridian Health Care
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Tell the customer service representative that you speak with you would like to file a complaint against Molina and Meridian and demand that they contract with BrightSmiles Pediatric Dentistry to continue to provide services for your children’s oral health care needs. Remember, we are board certified Lurie children’s affiliated pediatric dentists! The level of service we provide is far above what you might else experience outside of our office.

Furthermore, a list of Medicaid insurance plans that we do participate in is available on our website. It is your right to choose what insurance plan works for you and your family.

For a list of transitions, please visit

https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalProviders/cc/Pages/default.aspx

We all look forward to a favorable solution for all!

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Dental Facts to Sink Your Teeth Into

Did you know that about 75% of the United States population suffers from some stage of periodontal gum disease? Take a look at some interesting dental facts that you can sink your teeth into.

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The Truth Behind 5 Popular Dental Misconceptions

Clearing up misconceptions about oral health can help improve personal oral hygiene efforts for a beautiful and healthier smile. If you keep up with your oral hygiene regimen, dental visits are significantly easier and dental care is more manageable.

Misconception #1 – My teeth are fine if I have no pain

Tooth decay (cavities) usually doesn’t cause pain until they become very severe. Once it gets to this stage, the amount of decay could lead to more invasive and costly treatments. Some of the most dangerous oral disorders, such as oral cancer and gum disease, typically don’t cause pain at all. It is important to keep up with scheduled dental appointments. Our dentist can diagnose problems even at its earliest stages when there is no pain.

Misconception #2 – Cavities are only caused by sweets

When you eat sweets, the bacteria in your mouth start consuming it and produce acid. This acid dissolves the enamel of the tooth, which results in tooth decay or cavities. However, this process happens when you eat anything that is a starch or carbohydrate. Food and snacks, such as crackers, bread, potato chips, fruit, peanut butter and pasta, have the same effect on your teeth.

Misconception #3 – If my gums bleed, I should stop flossing

Bleeding gums are often the first sign of gum disease. This happens when bacterial infections inflame your gums due to a lack of efficient cleaning. With regular brushing and flossing, gums will be much healthier and should rarely bleed. However, gum inflammation can occur despite best oral hygiene habits. In such instances, you should see improvement if you rinse with warm salt water and continuing to brush and floss.

Misconception #4 – Whiter teeth are healthier teeth

Healthy teeth come in a wide range of natural shades. Whiter teeth cannot show if there is an infection or cavity between the teeth. Although pure white teeth do not equate to healthier teeth, they should still be naturally on the whiter side.

Misconception #5 – Children are more prone to tooth decay

Tooth decay (cavities) can develop at any age. People assume children have poor brushing habits and are more prone to tooth decay. Cavities form when bacteria cause a loss or weakening in tooth enamel and eventually decay forms a hole in the tooth. This is usually seen in people with poor brushing and flossing habits, regardless of age.

Excellent oral health promotes overall good health and is definitely not a misconception. It is important to practice good oral hygiene habits. If you have any questions regarding your dental health, please contact our dentist.

What Does Your Oral Health Say About You

Proper oral health care has been closely linked to your overall wellbeing. These four oral health symptoms can be signals of a stressful lifestyle, improper diet, poor dental hygiene and other health conditions.

Flat Ground-Down Teeth: Teeth grinding, or bruxism, results in issues with worn down or flat teeth. This can be caused by a joint dysfunction, but it can also be a stress signal. Specifically, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) can occur due to poorly functioning jaw muscles and can be a sign of a high stress lifestyle. Besides looking into less stressful activities, contact our office for advice on stopping bruxism.

Eroded and Crumbing Teeth: Chipped teeth and tooth surface loss can cause major dental pain and long-term health issues. This is usually relative to an unhealthy diet. One main cause is due to soft drinks, or high acidic intake. Beverages high in sugar and starches can erode teeth. Having the right diet can make all the difference in keeping your teeth healthy.

Inflamed Gums: Proper oral hygiene is key to optimal oral and overall health. Inflamed gums can indicate lack of consistent brushing, flossing and fluoride rinsing. Due to periodontitis, or gum disease, gums can be bothersome. It can include problems such as swelling, bleeding and soreness. Symptoms like these can be indicative of other serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Studies have shown that people with moderate to advanced gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.

Sensitive Teeth: Sensitive teeth, a common dental problem, can cause pain while eating or brushing. It is a condition that may result from receding gums, intense brushing or grinding. Sensitive teeth may also indicate a diet high in erosive or acidic foods, or even a cracked tooth. If you are experiencing sensitivity, you may need to reevaluate your diet or dental care regimen. Speak to our dentist about switching to a new toothpaste, which could help reduce discomfort by protecting the enamel.

Recognizing these issues, along with practicing proper dental hygiene, is a great step toward better oral and overall health. Visit our dentist on a regular basis for proper dental care and recommendations for a healthier you.