Dental Problems Common during Winter and Their Dental Codes

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OSI’s dedicated dental billing services are designed to streamline practice’s billing tasks, improve cash flow and enhance patient satisfaction. Our comprehensive dental billing solutions cover everything from patient scheduling and insurance verification and authorization to billing, payment collections, and accounts receivable management.

In today’s podcast, Amber Darst, one of our Solutions Managers, discusses 5 Dental Problems Common during Winter and Their Dental Codes.

Podcast Highlights

00:44 Common Dental Problems during Winter

03:28 Proper Dental Insurance Verification Is Crucial

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Hello, this is Amber Darst, Solutions Manager from Managed Outsourced Solutions and I’ll be discussing some of the dental issues that are most common during the cold months.

The winter season is a promise and with it comes the chilly temperatures. Believe it or not, cold weather can have a significant impact on your oral health, affecting both your teeth and your gums. Therefore, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to help you along in the fight to prevent any severe dental issues.

So, what kind of potential issues are you most vulnerable to due to the shift in the weather?

00:44 Common Dental Problems during Winter

Here are 5 of the most common dental problems that tend to occur more often during the winter season.

First, we have cold sores – They are also called fever blisters, and are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around the lips. These are viral infections that are often grouped together in patches. Cold sores usually heal in two to three weeks without leaving a scar.

Next we have tooth sensitivity or “dentin hypersensitivity,” and this refers to pain or discomfort in one or more teeth as a response to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures. The condition can affect one tooth, or several teeth, and may either be temporary or a chronic problem. Treatment will depend on the specific factors causing the sensitivity.

And then we have cavities. This is also called tooth decay or dental caries, and the condition permanently causes damage to the hard surface of the teeth. It is caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in the mouth; frequent snacking, sipping on sugary drinks and not cleaning the teeth well. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and in extreme cases, tooth loss. Treatment options include – fillings, tooth extraction, root canals and crowns as well as fluoride treatments. Make sure to keep up on your oral hygiene during the holiday season, as we all tend to indulge in the sugary treats a bit more this time of the year.

Then we have canker sores – Canker sores are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in the mouth or at the base of the gums. These sores may tend to peak during winter months due to the harsh dry air that makes soft mouth tissues more prone to injury and infection. The condition may occur on the tongue and on the inside linings of the cheeks, lips and throat.

And then, last we have gum recession – Winter colds and flu can weaken the immune system and leave the door open for bacterial growth in the gums, leading to gum infection and inflammation. Gum recession occurs when the gums recede or wear away, exposing the pink tissue that covers the root of the teeth. When the gums recede, gaps can form between the gum and tooth, allowing disease-causing bacteria to build up. This condition mainly occurs due to poor oral health, which may in turn lead to tooth loss.

03:28 Proper Dental Insurance Verification Is Crucial

Maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental checkups can help prevent, slow, or stop the occurrence of these dental problems. Billing and coding for these oral conditions can be quite challenging. Proper dental insurance verification is crucial for practices to ensure that the patient has coverage for the treatments that are being provided. Practices can consider choosing a reliable dental billing company such as Managed Outsource Solutions to handle all of their dental insurance verification needs.

For a list of the CDT and ICD 10 codes, associated with this podcast, please refer to the attached article.

And that’s all for now. Thanks for listening in!

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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