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Category Archives: Dental

Do you want the cheapest, short-term treatment as dictated by your dental plan?

Some people don’t know they have a choice for their dental treatment.  Whether you have insurance or not, you have the right to chose the quality of dentistry that you want for your mouth. Many insurances pay a percentage for the cheapest treatment options, such as a silver-mercury filling instead of a composite, tooth-colored filling […]


Dental Discount Plans

We all know that deals and discounts are huge right now – think Groupon, Living Social, Dartz Deals and others. There are even new medical & dental discount plans, and some of these plans are actually sold and promoted by major insurance carriers. A recent article in TIME magazine told of an unfortunate story where […]


Canker Sores

Canker sores are small, painful ulcers in the insides of the cheeks, gums and on the tongue.  These are typically small, flat and whitish in color, with red around the outside edge.  They typically heal themselves in 7 to 10 days, but are very painful during this time.  The sores can occur as a result […]


Alcohol in Mouthwash

Alcohol is an ingredient in some commercial mouth rinses.  It is included as a solvent for inactive ingredients.  Typically only 10% to 30% are used in mouth rinses and this amount does not provide the antibacterial benefits that full-strength alcohol can provide.  Studies have shown that use of alcohol-containing mouthwash may cause color and hardness […]


Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Gingivitis is the presence of gingival inflammation without the loss of connective tissue attachment.  If you experience redness, swelling and bleeding gums, these are signs of gingivitis.  If dental plaque is left undisturbed on teeth, meaning, a professional dental hygienist does not clean your teeth regularly, it causes a response by the body’s immune system.  The […]


Plaque, Cavities and Strep Bacteria

Saliva leaves deposits on your teeth, called a pellicle layer.  Certain bacteria in the mouth will stick to the pellicle and form colonies.  This is how dental plaque forms, and plaque is the most widely recognized precursor to oral disease. 80% of bacteria that colonize dental plaque are cocci, such as Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus […]


Dental Insurance

Did you know?  Most dental insurances run on a calendar year.  That means, whatever benefits you have not used by December 31st, you will lose.  So, if you have dental insurance, and you haven’t yet used all of your allocated funds for 2010, consider having your checkup now, or if you have a cavity or […]


Chic-Flic To Go Teeth Whitening Pen & Lip Gloss Plumper

Patients love this new first-ever beauty product that combines a lip-gloss plumper and a smile whitening pen all in one convenient wand.  What a great gift idea for your girlfriends this holiday season! This stylish red case fits easily into your pocket or purse, and comes complete with a mirror and light for quick application anywhere. […]


The life of fillings and crowns

How long does a filling last?  What about a crown?  These are great questions our patients often ask, but they can be difficult to answer.  There are various factors that affect the lifespan of dental restorations. We have to start by asking the patient what they want.  Do you want a short term fix?  Is […]


Invest in your Health

Investing your money in the stock markets can be a little frightening recently.  But there is one investment you can make now that may be the best place to put your money – in yourself!  The year end is drawing near and it’s time to think about money left in medical savings accounts (MSA) and […]


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