Bethlehem Town Family Dental
Making Dental Care Simpler

Dental Saving Plan

BTFD Dental Savings Plan - Designed for patients without dental insurance

Click the link above to find out more about our dental savings plan. Please call our Glenmont office for further questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

dentist glenmont nyUnfortunately, we have found this sales tactic to be very popular in corporate dental offices operating in chains and franchises.  At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we simply do not believe, and will not consider, in this type of business model.

Our Model is Based on Trust

Instead, we believe in building a strong trust with our patients and the community.  Every procedure we recommend will be explained and any procedure that could be considered preventive or optional will be communicated to our patients.  We believe healthy teeth are teeth that don't need any dental work.  

Picture of individual drinking soda | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYThe simple answer is no. 

Moderation is Important

The important part about controlling sugar intake is the frequency of exposure to sugar.  While we strongly advocate the elimination of sodas, sports drinks, and candies, we understand we need sugar to survive. 

The Thirty Minute Rule

If you had to drink a cup of coffee with sugar, we recommend drinking that cup within 30 min to lower the frequency of sugar exposure.  Every sip or bite of something sugared will turn your mouth acidic and will take 30 min to return back to normal.  If you sip your coffee every 30 min you can imagine your mouth is acidic at all times.  This is also why sticky candies and candies that dissolve in your mouth are the worst culprits because they take a long time to eat.  

Rinsing After Sugar Intake

On top of limiting the frequency of exposures to sugar, we also recommend reducing sugar concentration and acidity of the mouth after the intake of sugar.  Ideally, you should brush your teeth, floss, and/or rinse your mouth with mouthwash after each exposure to sugar.  This is especially important if you had something sticky that will stay on your teeth for a while.  However, we understand not everyone has access and time to a brush, floss, and/or mouthwash every time you eat or drink.  We recommend at least rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink something with sugar to wash away some of the sugar and acids. 

Contact Us

If you feel you have negative impacts from your sugar intake, or you're due for a check-up, contact our office today! 

Image of sweets and other sugar filled foodsHow did I get a cavity?

Specific types of bacteria on your teeth would take in sugar that you eat or drink and convert the sugar into acids.  The acids that are released would dissolve your teeth and make them weaker.  As more minerals are dissolved away from your teeth, you would eventually get a hole, also called cavity.  At this point, your teeth are decaying as the bacteria multiply and this process just gets repeated as the hole gets larger. 

What can I do to prevent a cavity?

There are different stages of cavity depending on the progression of decay.  Unfortunately, once the “hole” is formed, the only option you have is to drill away the bacteria inside your tooth and fill the hole with a filling.  However, we can reverse the progress if you are still in the early stages of forming a cavity, this is called the demineralization stage. 

Teeth are made up of mostly minerals.  The acids released by bacteria causes your teeth to lose the minerals and making the teeth weaker.  This process creates areas called the demineralization zones on your teeth.  Fortunately, these areas can be remineralized again if it’s returned back to health by following the recommended protocols.  Remember, these protocols do not make your existing cavities go away, they also do not make you immune to cavities.  The caries prevention protocols simply lower your risk to getting more cavities by killing bacteria and making the teeth stronger.  

Image of couple riding their bikes in the forest | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYNo Silver Fillings​

We do not use any amalgam (silver) fillings in the office so we do not introduce more mercury into the environment.  Any old amalgam (silver) filling, placed by other dentists, that's removed from patient's teeth are captured by a mercury trap so we do not leak any mercury into the environment. 

Dry Pump System Reduces Water Waste

We use a dry pump system to supply our air and suction, this means we significantly reduce the amount of water we utilize and conserve energy.

Digital X-Rays Reduce Harsh Chemicals

Our office has digital x-rays.  We do not use any conventional x-rays so we avoid the use of harsh chemicals like developer and fixer for films.  Modern technology and equipment ensure less energy consumption.  (The LED light bulbs help too!)

dentist glenmont ny We Want to Make Your Experience Convenient and Enjoyable

While insurance companies certainly aren't fun to deal with, we strive to provide the best service possible to make your experience easier.  We work with over 20 dental insurances and each of them have additional sub-plans that all have different policies, rules, and regulations.  Because of this complicated situation, we will request some basic information from you and your insurance policy ID so we can call and ask for the breakdown of your specific plan.  

We Work With You

Once we obtain the specifics of your plan, we will work with you to come up with an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs based on your treatment plan.  A lot of times we will send out a pre-authorization for you to your insurance company and see if certain larger procedures would be covered, and if they are, how much of it is covered.  We work hard to avoid financial surprises.  

What If the Insurance Company Denies Coverage?

Sometimes after all of our efforts, the insurance company can surprise all of us with a denial.  Rest assured we will work with you to resolve the issue, but it is important to understand that we do not control the insurance company and the decisions they make.  In the rare instance where the insurance decided not to cover for a procedure, it would be your responsibility to pay for the completed procedure.  With all of our efforts mentioned above, this is very rare and can usually be solved when we work together and get you involved to call the insurance company.  We are confident we can keep financial surprises down to a minimum.

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