A lot of people think that going to the dentist really bites. Some are afraid it will be painful, and others fear the cost. Dr. Whitney Troope understands, and is here to help you save your mouth and your money. The Doc Wellbee program offers rewards for regular visits, and provides significant discounts for your dental care. Dr. Troope is also a professional when it comes to your pearly whites. In an exclusive interview, she reveals how dental problems can lead to a heart murmur and preterm birth, and divulges the dirty little secret behind tooth whitening.
1. How is Doc Wellbee different from health insurance or “ObamaCare” membership?
Doc Wellbee is an incentivized membership program that aims to cure dental bills today and tomorrow. Members pay directly and save on both cosmetic work and preventative care. There are no exclusions for preexisting conditions and no waiting periods. It’s like a Costco membership, where you pay an annual fee and save money. In addition, you also choose a reward twice a year. Think of it as a tooth fairy for adults.
2. How much does a Doc Wellbee membership cost?
Individual plans are 12 dollars a month and family plans are 18 dollars a month. You can pay monthly or yearly. You must also remain enrolled for one year. You do have 30 days to cancel your membership, though, and Doc Wellbee offers a Smile Back Guarantee.
The guarantee is as follows: "If Doc Wellbee isn’t making you smile, cancel within 30 days and we’ll gladly offer full refund upon return of your membership card. For patients choosing not to renew membership, please contact us 30 days prior to your annual renewal date."
3. Does Doc Wellbee coverage include surgeries? If so, which procedures?
Doc Wellbee covers virtually any dental procedure. There are also a great number of dental surgeries. If your provider classifies your procedure as a surgery, Doc Wellbee members will receive 25% off.
4. What kinds of health and beauty rewards are you hoping to add to the program? When might they be available?
According to a Doc Wellbee press release, “After every six-month cleaning, members receive an annual subscription to their choice of popular consumer magazine. Additional reward options, like health and beauty products, will be added soon.” The details regarding these additions, however, remain top secret. “They’re coming soon,” said Dr. Troope.
5. What are some of the dental and systemic diseases that can occur due to a lack of routine dental care?
First, you have dental decay, then breakdown of the enamel occurs. From there, breakdown of the dentum occurs, and disease progresses much faster. From there, patients will see breakdown of the pulp and nerve, gingivitis, gum disease, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone loss around the tooth, and inflammation due to bacteria proliferation from the decay. The bacteria can then enter the blood stream and affect blood vessels throughout the body. This can ultimately lead to a heart murmur.
All the body systems are connected. Dental disease can be a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and even pre-term birth. Dental infections are also harder to control in those with diabetes.
A cavity is an active infection. Think of it like the brown spot on an apple. If you don’t cut out that brown spot, it will spread through the entire apple.
A lack of routine dental care can hurt your body and your budget, too. In addition to systemic disease, you must also think about the cost of cavity creep. As dental decay progresses, treatment cost will rise significantly. For Georgia residents, for example, Doc Wellbee can bring your preventative care down to $93, but once you encounter dentin decay, it will cost you at least $550. Repair work for total tooth destruction can cost more than $3,000. Fees vary by state, but the costs will escalate no matter where you live.
6. What are some habits that diminish oral health?
Children who drink sports drinks and other high-sugar drinks are at risk for poor oral health. The bacteria and sugar combine to make damaging acid. Sports drinks and sodas are both acidic, but sports drinks appear to be the popular choice among children.
7. What are some habits that promote oral health?
People should drink water instead of other beverages and chew sugarless gum whenever appropriate. The sugarless product increases saliva flow and rids mouth of particles. Also brush at least twice a day, morning and night, and floss daily.
8. What are some oral health myths?
Whiter teeth does not mean healthier teeth. There are varying degrees of healthy color. If you are going to whiten your teeth, you must do so in moderation. Whitening is also not safe for children and teenagers. Whitening removes some of the enamel, and chronic whiteners often have thin, fragile enamel and a bluish tint to their teeth. Thankfully, Fluoride treatments can remineralize some of that enamel. Additionally, Tetracycline can cause tooth discoloration in children whose teeth have not yet erupted.
Another myth is that if you brush and floss daily, you’ll be fine. There are some bacteria that only a dentist can access. A dentist must use a tool to clean inside the sulcus, or a space where a tooth meets the gums. This is where periodontal disease begins, so you must see your dentist to have him or her clean this area0 regularly.
A third myth is that children can brush unassisted. Many suggest that parents should “monitor” their children, but what does this mean? Do you watch them? Do you do it for them? First, you let them do it. Then, you go back over it. Back areas may be uncomfortable and cause gagging.
9. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Doc Wellbee has no limits or caps, so you can combine it with traditional insurance to do all the work. There are no forms, and it is simpler overall. Furthermore, “ObamaCare” may not cover adult dental, making Doc Wellbee even more essential.
Doc Wellbee emphasizes smarter preventative care to cure dental bills. The incidence of cavities are on the rise, but they’re completely preventable. No one has to deal with the pain and emotional embarrassment of cavities.
When it comes to the health of your mouth, Dr. Whitney Troope is the oral authority. As a top-notch anti-cavity advocate, she works to take a bite out of dental care fees. She is a unique professional who cures both cavities and costs. Who wouldn’t want to take a bite out of that?
For more information about the Doc Wellbee program, visit http://www.docwellbee.com/.