Choosing your membership

DentalMember was created to offer people with no or poor dental insurance an affordable way into the dental chair with their preventive dental care included in the membership.

Memberships may vary slightly from practice to practice but the general framework is as follows:

- Two cleanings every year, included

- Unlimited Doctor examinations, included; and yes, even your emergency exams are included

- All X rays, included

- Fluoride treatments for children, included

- 20% discount on all other Dental and specialty care provided by your Dentist and his or her staff, included

We encourage our participating dentists to charge between $200 and $450 for a 12 month (yearly) membership, depending on the geographic area. This translates to about a 50% discount for the patient's preventive dental care.

Did you know...

2 dental cleanings per year can help prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is mainly caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar build up. Other factors that have the potential to cause gum disease may include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics

Stages of  periodontal (gum) disease:

  • Gingivitis—The beginning stage of gum disease; often undetected. This stage of the disease is often reversible.
  • Periodontal disease—Untreated gingivitis may lead to this next stage.  There are many levels. A common outcome is chronic and inflammatory. Gum and bone health may be compromised, which can lead to tooth loss.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, bleeding, and/or swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Mobility of the teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity caused by receding gums
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Tooth loss

Recent studies suggest periodontal or gum disease may contribute to or be warning signs of potentially life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Heart disease and stroke—Studies suggest gingivitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke because of the high levels of bacteria found in infected areas of the mouth. As the level of periodontal disease increases, the risk of cardiovascular disease may increase with it. Other studies have suggested that the inflammation in the gums may create a chronic inflammation response in other parts of the body which has also been implicated in increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes—People with diabetes often have some form of gum disease, likely caused by high blood glucose, according to the U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention. People with diabetes need to take extra care to ensure proper brushing and flossing techniques are used to prevent the advancement of the gum disease. Regular check-ups and cleanings with your dental hygienist should be followed.
  • Chronic kidney disease—A study, conducted by Case Western Reserve University, suggests that people without any natural teeth, known as edentulous, are more likely to have chronic kidney disease (CDK), than people with natural teeth. CDK affects blood pressure potentially causing heart disease, contributed to kidney failure, and affects bone health.
  • Preterm birth—Babies that are born premature (before 37 weeks of gestation), may face numerous health complications. Research indicates that women with periodontal disease are three to five times more likely to have a baby born preterm compared to women without any form of gum disease. Women are more susceptible to gingivitis when pregnant and should follow their regular brushing habits, and continue with dental cleanings and examinations.

Treatments for Gum Disease

Depending on the type of periodontal disease, some of the available treatment options are:

  • Removal of plaque and calculus by way of scaling done by your dental hygienist or dentist.
  • Medications such as chlorhexidine gluconate, a mouth rinse prescribed by your dentist or hygienist to help kill the bacteria in your mouth, along with frequent cleanings.
  • Surgery may be necessary in certain cases to stop, halt, or minimize the progression of periodontal disease. Surgery is also used to replace bone that was lost in advanced stages of the disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

Proper brushing and flossing is the easiest way to reduce and prevent gum disease, but regular cleanings with your dental hygienist or dentist are necessary to remove calculus and treat advanced gum disease.If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.