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5 BACK TO SCHOOL DENTAL TIPS

It's the time of year that kids dread and parents rejoice...back to school!!!!

There are just a couple more weeks until the new school year starts. Visiting the dentist while your kids are still on summer break makes good sense. There might be an issue the dentist needs to address, which will be much easier to do while they are still out, before the hectic school year schedules start.

But when you send them off in their new clothes and new shoes, make sure you're sending them off armed with good oral hygiene habits as well. Here are 5 Back to School Tips:

1. You should have been brushing your child's teeth as ...

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"REFRIGERATOR PERRY'S" SMILE MAKEOVER

What do you do when you need teeth---immediately? Even fame and fortune can't prevent the loss of your natural teeth when neglect and lack of care finally catch up to you. Suddenly, when you are faced with imminent loss of your teeth and there are no more places to run and hide, you must seek help and care. This is William "The Refrigerator" Perry's story.

Facing the facts

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT DIFFERENT KINDS OF TOOTHACHES

There are many different types of tooth pain. Sensitive to hot and cold? Lingering pain? Pain, but hard to pinpoint exactly where it's coming from? This blog will, hopefully, shed some light on what's causing your discomfort and how to deal with it.

Symptom: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids
Possible problem: If discomfort lasts for only a moment, sensitivity generally does not signal a serious problem. It may be caused by a small area of decay in a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface resulting from gum recession and possibly toothbrush abrasion.
What to do: If a root surface is sensitive, keep it clean and ...

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DO YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR DENTAL BENEFITS?

So, you have dental insurance, but do you know exactly what it covers? Most folks don't. It's okay. That's why we are writing this blog.

Dental benefit plans are designed to share the cost of dental care. While most plans can potentially cover 50% or more of the cost of dental treatments, your plan may not cover the total cost. Dental insurance is not like medical insurance where the majority of services are covered and your payment is much lower. Rather, they are designed to provide you with assistance in paying for your dental care...a discount, of sorts.

A plan may have limitations on the number of office visits, consults, X-rays and ...

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A LOOK AT TOOTHBRUSHES

Toothbrush design and materials have come a long way. Early forms of the toothbrush have existed for nearly 5000 years. Some ancient civilizations removed food with a "chew stick,"  which was a thin twig with a frayed end that was rubbed against the teeth. During the last century or so, toothbrushes were crafted with bone, wood or ivory handles that held the stiff bristles of hogs, boars or other animals. The nylon-bristled toothbrushes we use today were invented in 1938.

What kind of toothbrush should you choose?

There are two types of toothbrushes: manual and powered. The size and shape of the brush should fit your mouth comfortably, allowing you to reach ...

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WHAT EXACTLY IS A ROOT CANAL?

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.

All teeth have between one and four root canals.

Root canal therapy is recommended when a tooth becomes infected and is a remarkable treatment with a very high success rate. It involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth.

In fact, a root canal is designed to save a problem tooth. Before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was an extraction.

If you were told you needed ...

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DIET SODA, METH, OR CRACK: YOUR TEETH CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE

A recent study published in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, has discovered that drinking large quantities of your favorite carbonated soda could be as damaging to your teeth as methamphetamine and crack cocaine use.

The case study compared the damage in three individuals' mouths--an admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive diet soda drinker. Each participant admitted to having poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist on a regular basis. Researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each participants mouth.

"Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused ...

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