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Spring is the perfect time to give attention to oral health. Refreshing one’s oral hygiene routine, replacing old toothbrushes, and scheduling a dental check-up can contribute to a healthier smile. Spring also sets the stage for the upcoming summer season when people may attend social gatherings, events, and enjoy their vacation. By focusing on oral health in spring, one can ensure a confident smile and enjoy the summer activities without dental discomfort or concerns.

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Coding Spring Dental Diseases

Spring Dental Health Concerns and Their ICD-10 Codes

Some of the common dental issues that may occur during spring are:

Seasonal Allergies: Spring allergies can lead to increased nasal congestion and post-nasal drip, which can contribute to dry mouth. Dry mouth reduces saliva flow, making it easier for bacteria to thrive and potentially leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Spring allergies and the use of allergy medications can contribute to dry mouth, increasing the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Often, dentists recommend antihistamines or nasal sprays to manage allergies, while also asking patients to maintain excellent oral hygiene practices. Seasonal allergies can cause gum and tonsil swelling.

  • J35.1  Hypertrophy of tonsils
  • K06.1 Gingival enlargement

Tooth Sensitivity: Many people experience increased tooth sensitivity during spring. Changes in temperature, consuming cold drinks or eating ice cream after winter, can trigger discomfort. Using toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth and avoiding extremely hot or cold foods can help alleviate discomfort associated with sensitive teeth,.

  • K03.8 Other specified diseases of hard tissues of teeth
    • K03.81 Cracked tooth
    • K03.89 Other specified diseases of hard tissues of teeth
  • K03.9 Disease of hard tissues of teeth, unspecified

Oral Health Neglect during Vacation: Spring break and vacations often lead to a break from regular routines, including oral hygiene habits. Neglecting oral care during these periods can increase the risk of dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. Dentists advise patients to continue brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining regular dental check-ups, even when on vacation.

  • K02.3 Arrested dental caries
  • K02.5 Dental caries on pit and fissure surface
    • K02.51 …… limited to enamel
    • K02.52 …… penetrating into dentin
    • K02.53 …… penetrating into pulp
  • K02.6 Dental caries on smooth surface
    • K02.61 …… limited to enamel
    • K02.62 …… penetrating into dentin
    • K02.63 …… penetrating into pulp
  • K02.7 Dental root caries
  • K02.9 Dental caries, unspecified

Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

  • K05 Gingivitis and periodontal diseases
    • K05.0 Acute gingivitis
    • K05.1 Chronic gingivitis
    • K05.2 Aggressive periodontitis
    • K05.3 Chronic periodontitis
    • K05.4 Periodontosis
    • K05.5 Other periodontal diseases
    • K05.6 Periodontal disease, unspecified

Sports-related Injuries: Spring is a popular time for outdoor sports and recreational activities. However, without proper protective gear, dental injuries can occur, such as chipped or knocked-out teeth. People engaging in sports or physical activities should ideally wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth and mouth.

  • K03.81 Cracked tooth
  • K08.11 Complete loss of teeth due to trauma
    • K08.111 …… class I
    • K08.112 …… class II
    • K08.113 …… class III
    • K08.114 …… class IV
    • K08.119 …… unspecified class

With Easter festivities and the abundance of candy, it’s important to be mindful of the increased consumption of sugary treats during spring. Excessive sugar intake can contribute to tooth decay. Dentists advise patients to practice moderation, maintain good oral hygiene habits, and consider choosing healthier alternatives or limiting candy intake to specific times of the day.

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Amber Darst

Amber Darst is our Solutions Manager in the Healthcare Division, Practice and RCM. With a rich background in dental services, her expertise ranges from insurance coordination to office management.

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