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Three Ways To Pay For Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Pay For Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is sometimes necessary for proper dental hygiene and improved quality of life. However, sometimes a dental insurance company declines to pay for these services, deeming them to be not medically necessary. When this happens, it is not the end of the road for the patient. There are always other sources of funding to get the cosmetic dental services that are needed. These services will help improve the patient’s quality of life, increase self-esteem, improve dental hygiene, and reduce discomfort. The following tips can help patients get the dental services they desire without worrying about how to pay for these services. In-House Credit Many cosmetic dentistry providers offer in-house financing services, whether on credit or through a third-party provider. These services have varying interest rates; however, the interest rate pales in comparison to the benefits of obtaining cosmetic dentistry services. When you attend your initial consultation with your dentist to discuss the services you need and what the cost will be, you can inquire as to what in-house financing services are available, if any. Third-Party Dental Credit Providers If your dentist does not offer in-house financing services, there are other options. A quick online search will yield several reputable companies that provide financing services for medical and dental procedures. These financing options may come in the form of a charge card—you should ensure that your dentist accepts the medical and dental charge card you are considering before you opt to obtain services. Financing may come in the form of a loan that is paid directly to you, so you can then use the funds as cash to pay your dentist. With both options, you make payments on the total owed each month until you pay off both the principal and the interest. HSA – Health Savings Account A third option is to use your HSA to reimburse you for dental costs. This requires you to pay for services rendered by your dentist out of your own pocket at the time of treatment. You then turn in your payment receipts and treatment records to your HSA administrator for reimbursement to your bank account. If your dentist allows, you can also have your HSA pay your dentist directly so you won’t have to pay out-of-pocket at the time of treatment. This method also gives you great tax savings which will save you even more money on the cost of your...

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How To Avoid Or Treat Stains On Your Child’s Teeth

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Avoid Or Treat Stains On Your Child’s Teeth

Stains on your child’s teeth may cause some concern, but it can be tempting to overlook it since it’s just the baby teeth affected. Some causes of stains can carry over to the adult teeth, though, which means that it can become a major concern. Plus, stain repair is not always cosmetic. The following guide can help you better understand the different reasons why a child’s teeth become stained, as well as what you should do about it. Food stains The most common stains on baby teeth are caused by food. Dark colored fruit juice, soda, dark fruits, and dark sauces can all lead to staining. In most cases these stains are purely cosmetic and come off with a regular dental cleaning. The main concern is that many of the dark foods that lead to stains are also high in sugar, which can lead to increased chances of cavities and tooth decay. You may want to limit some of the food and drinks that lead to stains so you can help prevent decay. Plaque buildup Plaque tends to develop a yellow or brown color. It usually forms first at the gum line and between the teeth, and it may be thicker and more obvious on the back of the teeth. Plaque is a result of poor dental hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. If left untreated, it can lead to decay and gum disease issues that will also plague the developing adult teeth. The cure is to have the plaque removed by your dentist and then be vigilant about your child’s home dental care. Medication stains These stains aren’t usually any cause for concern. Antibiotics when taken by young children, for example, can cause yellowing or dark colored stripes in the child’s adult teeth. These are usually removed via a whitening procedure. Vitamins that contain too much iron can also lead to reddish stains, which aren’t as easily removed. Fortunately, regular brushing and dental cleanings can prevent these stains. Fluorosis Fluoride is added to many municipal water supplies or prescribed by dentists because it helps children develop stronger adult teeth. Unfortunately, sometimes kids are exposed to too much fluoride and the adult teeth come in with permanent yellow or brown stains. The only fix for this is to have veneers applied once the adult teeth are done growing in. For more help in keeping your child’s smile white and healthy, talk to your family dentist. For more information concerning dental hygiene, contact businesses such as Tore D Steinberg DDS...

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How Christmas Can Lead To Oral Health Surgery

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Christmas Can Lead To Oral Health Surgery

Christmas is often called the most wonderful time of the year, but it is less than great for a person’s overall oral health. Christmas can actually lead to serious oral health problems that make surgery, such as dental implants, necessary. Christmas Has A Long History Of Sugary Foods When people think of Christmas foods, they likely think of sugary items such as candy canes, cherries, cookies, pies, puddings, fruitcakes, gingerbread, stuffed dates, or even egg nog. These foods have been cooked for centuries around Christmastime, and while they are definitely delicious, they are typically very high in sugar. While eating foods high in sugar may temporarily increase a person’s mood (leading to the Christmas happiness many experience), it does a serious number on a person’s teeth. Heavy concentrations of sugary Christmas food may actually lead to serious damage that can threaten their overall oral health. That Sugar Can Seriously Damage Teeth The major problem with eating foods high in sugar is that they will create a fertile breeding ground for bacteria. Nothing will promote faster bacteria growth in the mouth, giving them the energy they need to spread rapidly through the mouth and begin creating dangerous plaque buildups across the teeth. Even though a person could brush their teeth regularly when eating these foods, they aren’t likely to get rid of all of the sugar lingering about in their mouth. As a result, they are in dangerous of developing serious rotting that may cause a person to lose one tooth or even more. Oral Surgery May Be Necessary Oral decay has a way of spreading rapidly and being very difficult to stop. Even cleaning a mouth of plaque won’t prevent an already rotting tooth from continuing to decay. Once it gets sick enough, it may be necessary to remove it to protect the health of the rest of the teeth. Oral surgery like this is typically necessary in a variety of situations. For example, dental implants may be necessary if a person loses several teeth. These implants help recreate the shape of a person’s mouth and help protect their oral health. Other types of oral surgery, such as gum surgery, may also be necessary thanks to the heavy sugary foods of Christmas. While a few days of eating sugary foods may not seem like a serious problem, it can quickly become one if people aren’t careful with their oral health. Managing these problems requires managing the intake of sugar in a diet and carefully brushing their teeth every day....

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Is There A Link Between Gum Disease And Kidney Disease?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is There A Link Between Gum Disease And Kidney Disease?

Were you aware that there’s a link between gum disease and kidney disease? If you currently have gum disease, then your chances are 4 times higher to develop kidney disease compared to somebody that has healthy gums. Here is some information you need to know. Who Is Prone To Having Kidney Disease? It’s important that you tell your doctor if you currently have issues with gum disease, because they can take preventative measures against kidney disease. This is very important when you also have one of the many risk factors for getting kidney disease, which includes smoking and obesity. People who are Asian, black, and Native American also are predisposed to having kidney disease compared to other races. How Can Kidney Disease Be Prevented? Anything you can do to reduce your potential for developing a problem with gum disease will also decrease how likely you are to be susceptible to kidney disease. This doesn’t involve doing anything beyond maintaining great oral health, which means flossing and brushing every day, as well as regularly visiting your dentist for cleanings and checkups. Can Kidney Disease Cause Gum Disease? The link between gum disease and kidney disease will go both ways. If you already are experiencing issues with kidney disease, which includes receiving dialysis to treat it, you will have a low immunity already. It can cause you to get an infection in your gums when you have even a slight bacteria buildup. Those with kidney disease need to pay even more attention to their oral health because of this. Those with kidney disease should communicate with both their doctor and dentist about treatments they are undergoing for either disease. This is because antibiotics can possibly reduce your risk of gum disease, and dialysis procedures should not be performed too close to dental procedures. Can Bone Loss Occur? Kidney disease can also affect your mouth due to bone loss. Your kidneys are responsible for regulating how much calcium your body will absorb and eliminate. People with kidney disease will often have the regulation interrupted. In some situations, it can cause the body to lose a high amount of calcium. Teeth can loosen and potentially fall out due to a weakened jawbone.  You will then need to get bone graft surgery to strengthen the areas that have become weak. There is a strong link between gum disease and kidney disease that should be taken seriously. Stay up to date with your dental and doctor appointments to ensure that one disease is not causing problems with the other. Click here for more info on the...

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New White Spots On Your Teeth? A Possible Cause & How Your Dentist Can Help

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New White Spots On Your Teeth? A Possible Cause & How Your Dentist Can Help

While there are many causes of white spots on teeth, knowing when they appeared can help you figure out what they are and how to get rid of them. If you suddenly developed white spots on your adult teeth, then read on to learn what may have caused them and how your dentist can help you get rid of them.  Hypomineralization If you just had braces taken off your teeth, then that is one clue that the white spots may be caused by hypomineralization. However, hypomineralization can occur in people who have never worn braces.  Hypomineralization after removal of braces is typically present on the surface of teeth directly around where the metal braces brackets once were. This occurs at the edge right where the bracket meets the tooth surface when it was not cleaned thoroughly enough. This allowed a thin film of plaque to build up at the edge, and like all acidic plaque, it broke down the tooth enamel.  Hypomineralization on teeth that never had braces on them can occur anywhere, but it is common right along the gum line and on any tooth surface that is frequently missed when brushing, such as areas of back molars. Small areas of hypomineralization on teeth are often called microcavities.  Treatment of Hypomineralization  When microcavities are present in the nooks and crannies of your molars, dentists typically decide whether to wait and see if repair techniques can help or if promptly filling them is best to keep them from becoming full cavities. However, treatment of hypomineralization on the visible surfaces of teeth must be treated with more caution to avoid creating unsightly teeth that can impact your smile. The treatment for your hypomineralization on visible surfaces of teeth can also vary depending on just how extensive the damage to the tooth or teeth was. If your hypomineralization is mild, your dentist may first choose to try re-building the worn tooth enamel by adding additional fluoride into your dental routine. He or she may give you frequent in-office dental fluoride treatments, prescribe high-fluoride toothpaste for you to use at home, and/or have you begin using a high-fluoride mouth rinse several times each day.  If adding extra fluoride to your oral care routine doesn’t improve your white spots, or your hypomineralization is considered too severe from the start to rebuild with fluoride, your dentist may try using a process called caries infiltration to get rid of them. To perform caries infiltration, your dentist will first apply a protective coating to your gum tissue to keep protect them from the acid used in step 2 of the process. Then, the white spots on your teeth are painted carefully with a mild hydrochloric acid solution. This opens the pores of the tooth area. Next, a special polish that matches the surrounding tooth is applied to the white spot. Finally, a special light is projected on the tooth polish to harden it.  Additional hypomineralization treatment options include tooth microbrasion, bonding, and application of porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. Your dentist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option with you to help you decide which will help improve your smile most effectively.  If you suddenly developed white spots on your teeth, then hypomineralization is a likely cause. Make an appointment with your dentist at a...

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Some Things You Need to Know About Veneers

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Things You Need to Know About Veneers

Veneers are a great way to get the smile that you want. If you are self-conscious about your smile, you might be wondering what you can do to get your teeth to look the way you want them to. In fact, you might be concerned that the things you don’t like about your teeth are permanent and that there is nothing you can do to fix it. Luckily, that is not the case. Getting veneers is one of the best options for getting the smile that you want. Here are some things you need to know about getting veneers. What Are Veneers? Veneers are made of porcelain and are put over the teeth. So what will happen is that you will choose which teeth, one or many, that you want veneers over. The dentist will then help to choose the color and shape of the porcelain, and then they will attach a veneer to each tooth. The process is pretty painless and can be done over the course of a couple appointments. For instance, the first appointment will be an assessment. You will get some veneers put on, and then you will shape and color. After that, you will take some trial time to make sure the veneers work for you, and then can make changes if needed. Throughout all of these appointments, your satisfaction will be the first priority. What Do Veneers Correct? Veneers can correct a variety of things. In fact, practically any problem you have with your teeth can be fixed with veneers. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, or if you have stains that cannot be removed through normal whitening gels, you may need to consider veneers. You can chose any color of porcelain that you want, so if you only get one veneer, it can match the other teeth perfectly. If your complaint is that your teeth are misshaped, veneers can correct this. The size and shape of the veneer can be changed so that each tooth can be uniform and the same size. You can get the veneer put over every tooth so that each tooth looks the right size and so it doesn’t look like you have some teeth that are longer, shorter, smaller, or bigger than others. As you can see, veneers are a great option, and that is why so many people choose to get veneers. If you think that veneers might be the best option for you, talk to your dentist about possible...

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Filling Options For Kids

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Filling Options For Kids

No parent likes to hear that their child has a cavity, but it can be somewhat of a relief to find out that the problem tooth is a baby tooth. Most dentists will opt to do a filling in the baby tooth instead of pulling it, unless the adult tooth is already properly positioned to erupt soon. You will have several options of filling materials in this case. The following guide can help you understand them better. Option #1: Resin If you are keeping up with six month appointments, cavities will likely be caught early when they are still on the surface of the enamel. In this case, the dentist can quickly remove the beginnings of the cavity and then apply a clear coat of resin to protect the area. This type of resin application only works if the cavity hasn’t penetrated the enamel. It is also best for baby teeth, since it isn’t designed to last for more than a few years. It provides an invisible yet low cost treatment option. Option #2: Silver fillings These are better known in dentistry as amalgam fillings. They are well suited for nearly any type small or medium of cavity because they are durable and inexpensive. Amalgam fillings aren’t often used in adults simply because they are easy to see due to the dark silver color. As a cosmetic choice, most adults opt for a less noticeable filling material. On a child’s teeth, though, this isn’t as much of a concern since the baby tooth will be coming out anyway in a year or two. Option #3: Composite resin A composite resin is a filling material developed for durability, with the added benefit that it matches the color of the teeth. This material is best for small cavities because it can’t take the same amount of bite force as silver fillings. It also takes longer for the dentist to apply it and it costs more, two reasons why it isn’t used as often in children. Still, it can be a viable choice for baby teeth that won’t be coming out for several years, especially if they are in the front of the mouth where a silver filling is more noticeable. Option #4: Crowns Crowns are not used very often on baby teeth, unless it is on one of the molars that come out last. Then, the crown is still only used if there is an extensive cavity and the dentist is worried that premature tooth removal will lead to more issues. In this case, the dentist may use a preformed stainless steel crown or a resin crown that matches the tooth. For kids, the preformed crown makes more financial sense if it is placed on a baby tooth, since it costs less. For more help, contact a family dentist in your area such as Adams Dental...

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The Four Benefits Of Investing In Teeth Whitening Procedures

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Four Benefits Of Investing In Teeth Whitening Procedures

Going to a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening is fairly common. However, paying for the treatment is often something people are hesitant about. After all, there are cheaper over-the-counter, methods. Here are the four benefits of investing in having the procedure done by your cosmetic dentist. It’s the Best Anti-Aging Procedure: Your smile is definitely one of the top things that people notice upon first meeting you. Having a white smile not only says that you have great oral hygiene, but it also makes you appear much younger. This is because, as you age, teeth start to become stained and dull in appearance. However, this is not the case if you have a teeth whitening procedure done. Your cosmetic dentist will be sure that it is done effectively and in a timely manner so that you can achieve these results.  It Increases Your Confidence:  The whiter your smile, the better your confidence is likely to be. This is because you won’t be ashamed of your smile or attempt to hide it. Hiding your smile is distracting to other people, as well, and it shows your lack of self-esteem, which isn’t good for job interviews, meetings, or conferences. Overall, people with a whiter smile tend to do better in social situations and at work.  It’s Easy: Teeth whitening procedures done by your cosmetic dentist are also extremely easy to have done. It typically only takes about 30 minutes per appointment for the treatment to be done. Once it is done, all you have to do is try your best to avoid food and drinks that cause stains like coffee, wine, and foods that have dark sauces, such as soy sauce. In the end, you are likely to maintain the white smile that your dentist has provided It Can Work With Other Cosmetic Procedures: If you are unhappy with the straightness of your smile, you can also have your cosmetic dentist fix this with Invisalign or even braces on top of whitening your smile. This way, you get the perfect smile that you want within a short period of time. You can also combine whitening treatments with dental implants, crowns, dentures, and more. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to replace missing teeth while whitening the natural teeth that you still have. This way, they all blend together naturally and look beautiful.  When you know these four benefits of investing in teeth whitening procedures, you can see why going to your cosmetic dentist today can be worth it for you in the...

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4 Safe Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Safe Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

If you fear dental sensitivity, you may be hesitant to whiten your teeth with a whitening kit. If used too frequently, over-the-counter kits can cause sensitive teeth. Nevertheless, there are natural alternatives that can whiten your teeth effectively. Here are a few of them: Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide Hydrogen peroxide can be diluted for use to whiten your teeth. The liquid is available at most stores in a concentration of three percent. To use it to whiten the teeth, you can mix the peroxide with an equal amount of water. Rinse with the solution as you would rinse with a typical commercial mouthwash and discard it from your mouth. The tiny foaming bubbles that often show up when peroxide is applied are due to the release of oxygen. These bubbles help bleach away discoloration on your teeth. Additionally, they can help kill microbes in your mouth. Strawberries Several substances, such as vinegar and strawberries, contain malic acid. This acid, which is also included in some types of whitening gum, can aid in dissolving dental stains that have been absorbed by the teeth.  Strawberries can be mashed into a paste and applied to the teeth. Once applied, it is best to leave the strawberries in place for a few minutes to allow the acid to soften the discoloration. After a few moments, the strawberries should be rinsed from the mouth, and you should brush with your normal toothpaste.  Turmeric Turmeric, which is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, can also be used to brighten the color of your teeth. The yellow powder can be applied to your teeth with the moistened bristles of your toothbrush to help remove dental stains. Turmeric powder is slightly abrasive, so it can polish stains from your tooth enamel. Coconut Oil Coconut oil can also whiten your teeth. The oil can be applied like a toothpaste or used as an oil rinse. To use it as a toothpaste, apply the oil to your toothbrush and brush. It may be easiest to apply the oil in its solid state, but you can also just dip the bristles of your brush into the liquid oil. As you brush with coconut oil, the oil helps dissolve oil-based stains.  Coconut oil can be used as an oil rinse by placing the oil in your mouth and swishing it about. It is best to leave the oil in the mouth as long as possible. The longer the oil is left in the mouth, the more dental stains and oral bacteria can be trapped by the liquid. Be sure to spit the oil out instead of swallowing it, as it will be contaminated with oral microbes and other debris. Follow your rinsing with your normal tooth-brushing regimen. To learn more ways to safely whiten your teeth, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area or visit sites like...

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Struggling to Establish a Breastfeeding Relationship with Your Newborn? Should You Seek Tongue-Tie Surgery?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Struggling to Establish a Breastfeeding Relationship with Your Newborn? Should You Seek Tongue-Tie Surgery?

If your dreams of having a child have always included the mental image of holding a snuggling infant to your breast, you may be frustrated by latching issues that interfere with the establishment of a breastfeeding relationship. A bad latch between mouth and nipple can cause your child to ingest too much air and develop gas, interfere with the balance of foremilk and hindmilk your body produces, and cause nipple pain and even cracking and bleeding. In some cases, your physician may diagnose your child as “tongue-tied” following a physical exam and recommend minor surgery to improve his or her ability to feed. Read on to learn more about what this diagnosis can mean for your infant, as well as the treatment options that can ensure the best outcome for both you and your child.  What causes an infant to be tongue-tied? The “tie” in tongue-tied refers to the frenulum, the thin piece of skin that connects the underside of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. While a normal frenulum allows a wide range of vertical and horizontal motion, in some cases, this frenulum attaches the majority of the tongue to the lower mouth instead. This can make it difficult for affected infants to move their tongues up and down more than a few millimeters at first, although the frenulum will generally stretch as needed over the next several months with frequent use. This condition can be fairly common, and if not corrected, generally presents no problems with eating or drinking in later childhood and adulthood. However, an inability to move the tongue very far can make it tough for infants to successfully breastfeed, as this range of motion can pinch the tip of your nipple between your infant’s tongue and the roof of his or her mouth rather than allowing the mouth to open wider and gain a better grip on the entire areola. What should you do to treat a tongue tie? Although you can avoid the effects of a tongue tie on your child by switching from breastmilk to formula (or exclusively pumping) and purchasing certain types of bottle nipples designed to work around this issue, the best solution for those who still want to establish a breastfeeding relationship is to have the tongue tie clipped in a procedure known as a frenectomy. This outpatient procedure can be performed by many pediatricians, and because there are very few nerves in the frenulum, it is essentially painless. You may notice an immediate improvement in your child’s ability to latch and fully empty your breast at a single...

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