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Do You Understand Your Dental Insurance Policy?

Dental insurance can be confusing at times, and sometimes patients don’t understand how their procedures will be covered. While dental office staff can help answer questions, particularly about more common plans, the most accurate advice will come from the insurance company itself. Every plan is different, and there are some plans that are very different … Continue reading “Do You Understand Your Dental Insurance Policy?”

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Tooth-Friendly Ideas for Your Child’s Easter Basket

It’s that time of year again: In many households, the Easter bunny will come hopping into their home to leave behind a basket of candy and springtime treats. If this is part of your family tradition, you might be wondering how to make your child’s Easter basket a bit more tooth-friendly. Here are some ideas … Continue reading “Tooth-Friendly Ideas for Your Child’s Easter Basket”

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How’s Your Toothbrushing Technique?

You already know how to keep your teeth healthy: brush twice per day, floss once, and see your dentist regularly. It sounds easy peasy, and for the most part, it is, but you do need to make sure that your toothbrushing technique is correct. If you’re not doing a good job brushing, that means that you’re not removing all of the plaque and bacteria that you could be removing. A poor toothbrushing job can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and halitosis (or bad breath). Since you don’t want any of these conditions, it pays off to make sure that your time spent brushing your teeth is being put to good use. Check out this list of tips for good toothbrushing technique.

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Bad Dental Habits That Can Affect Your Dental Health

You already know what good dental habits are: Brush your teeth two or three times daily, floss each night, and see your dentist regularly. You might think that as long as you are doing these things, you’re good. While they’re a great start toward having healthy teeth, however, it’s possible that you have some habits that are negatively impacting your dental health. Take a look at this list of bad dental habits and see if you are guilty of any of them and, if so, figure out how to turn things around.

Crunching Ice
It’s great to have an icy cold drink, especially in the summertime, but chewing on those ice cubes can really wreak havoc on your teeth. First, biting on anything hard can loosen fillings or even cause a fracture. Secondly, the freezing cold combined with the pressure of chewing the ice can lead to tiny cracks called crazing. Crazing can lead to increased sensitivity to cold, which makes drinking an ice-cold beverage or biting into an ice cream cone painful. Leave the ice in the glass or dump it down the sink if you’re not able to resist it.

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Your Kids’ Dental Health: Keep Them Safe This Summer

To a child, summer is teeming with potential. There’s swimming at the pool, plenty of ice cream cones, impromptu games of football at a neighborhood field, and many more pleasures of the season. As a parent, you want your child to have fun and to be safe at the same time. While you are probably vigilant about seatbelts and helmets, you might not be aware of the summertime hazards to your child’s dental health. Here are some ways to keep those summer smiles healthy and happy all season long.

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Dental Health: What Are These Lumps and Bumps in Your Mouth?

You probably don’t think very much about your inner cheeks and lips, under your tongue, or the roof of your mouth. That is, unless there’s a lump or bump that you are suddenly aware of. While most of the time, small bumps aren’t an immediate threat to your dental health (or your overall health), they can be uncomfortable and, in rare cases, could indicate a more serious problem. Here are some common reasons why you might notice a bump or sore inside of your mouth, as well as tips on what to do about it.

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Antibiotic Prophylaxis: Do You Need to Premedicate?

It used to be that many patients would take 2,000 mg of amoxicillin or a comparable dose of an alternative antibiotic an hour prior to having certain types of dental work done. If you have an artificial joint or you have a heart murmur, you might have recently been told to stop premedicating with antibiotics before dental work, if you were doing so before. Are you unsure as to why this has changed, or whether you are supposed to be taking preventative antibiotics? Here are some facts you should know about antibiotic prophylaxis when it comes to dental work.

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Hypersensitivity and What You Can Do About It

Have you ever bitten into an ice cream cone and seen stars? If you experience pain when eating something hot or cold or even breathing in through your mouth on a cold day, you have tooth hypersensitivity. There are a few different causes, and the solution will depend on the root of the problem. Take a look at these possible explanations and see if one is likely to apply to you. If you are having hypersensitivity, see your dentist for a definite diagnosis and treatment.

Gum Recession
Receding gums can occur as a result of gum disease, but itbs also a natural part of the aging process for many people. As gum tissue shrinks, part of the roots of your teeth become exposed. This part of your tooth is more sensitive to temperature changes than the crowns of the teeth, and they may ache when exposed to hot or cold air, liquid or food.

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Does Your Child Need Braces?

Many parents dread hearing the words, byour child needs braces.b Orthodontic treatment is expensive and can last for several years, plus it is uncomfortable for the patient. Looking at your childbs teeth might make you feel as though braces are most definitely on the horizon. The best way to find out if your child needs braces is to seek the opinions of two or three orthodontists; opinions differ, and you might get a different take on whether and when your child should have braces if you ask more than one specialist. In the meantime, here are some things to consider.

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What You Need to Know About Fluoride

Fluoride: Itbs naturally occurring, but it has been the subject of debate in recent years. You might notice that you can purchase bottled water with fluoride, your pediatrician might have suggested fluoride drops for your baby, the mineral is in your tap water, itbs in your toothpaste, and your children have a fluoride treatment every six months at the dentist. What is the big deal about fluoride, anyway?
Since fluoride occurs naturally in the earthbs crust, some areas have it in natural water sources. Nearly a century ago, dentists and researchers discovered that in places where the mineral was occurring naturally, the people had less tooth decay. Because of this, fluoride was gradually added to drinking water and dental care products in an effort to reduce dental cavities in the general population.

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