Be Careful of Sports Drinks
Posted On August 4th, 2015
After a tough work out or even while you're recovering from a illness, sports can be a great way to restore electrolytes and make you feel hydrated. They're sold at the gym so they must be healthy. Sports drinks often have a lot of salt in them which makes you thirsty and their sweetness makes them very easy to drink. Some sports drinks contain 6 to 8 teaspoons of sugar, making them barely better than soda. High acidity levels in them can also lead to tooth erosion. I'm not saying to never dri...
Dental insurance is not like medical insurance. There is an annual limit for dental insurance. It is basically a partial benefit plan. It's designed to give you some coverage for what we call "maintenance dentistry"--your cleanings, exams, x-rays and some times little more. It was never meant to be a pay-all, but people confuse it with medical coverage. This is not the case at all. Sure, to its credit, dental insurance DOES help, but it was only designed for the simplest dentistry there is. The...
Yes, a 560,000 year old human tooth has been discovered at an archaeological site in France. And it is being touted as a major and significant find. This might be hard to believe as it doesn't belong to some exciting prehistoric creature like say a wooly mammoth or a T-rex. However, this find is very exciting in its own right for a number of reasons. It may well be the oldest human remains found in France. There are very few human remains found in Europe from this era. It is therefore a rare fi...
"Yes, it is," and "No, it isn't." If you look at the fees for care, dentistry or what we call "maintenance" or "check-up" dentistry are pretty reasonable. A person will average somewhere between $1000 and $2000 per year in caring for their teeth. If you are very fortunate and only need to be seen by the dentist every 6 months for your cleanings, exams and x-rays, your costs could be lower than $500 per year even. However, when a person neglects their teeth, only gets partial treatment, or does...
Filling out a complete and current health history is a must when going to the dentist. This important information has an effect on the medications we use, the equipment we wear, how you are treated, and what therapies are prescribed for you. Your health present and past does matter. It's in your best interest to answer every question on your health history fully. The more we know, the better experience everyone can have. If you take a number of medications, one of the most helpful things you c...
We are living in an exciting dental time. Implants have become the new standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Why? It's simple, they work. Implants don't get decay, and they help to conserve tooth structure on natural teeth that can be left untreated. Moreover, dental implants preserve bone in the jaws and face. Bone loss can be very detrimental to your health as well as your appearance. It causes people to age prematurely, get wrinkles before they are due, and also leads to dental handi...
Foods to Help Your Oral Hygiene
Posted On July 8th, 2015
Ideally we all carry a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss at the ready to care for our teeth after meals. However, this not always the case. And while I'm sure you've seen the toothpaste ads on TV talking about the damage food can cause your teeth, acid erosion and staining, there is also a lot of good food can do for them as well besides providing necessary nutrition. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables low in acidity, like celery, carrots, and apples, will help increase the flow of saliva in y...
Dental work can be expensive. Most people don't factor it into their household budgets beyond yearly maintenance, so when problems do occur with their teeth, many people like to take the wait-and-see approach. "It's not hurting too badly right now, I can save money if I just put it off until later." However, putting off your dental work can have deadly consequences. This statement is not just for dramatic effect or to drive up sensationalism. Studies have found links between  oral health, gum...
How do you make sure you select the RIGHT cosmetic dentist? How would you know? Ask a friend? Check with your insurance? Scroll the Yellow Pages or the Internet? #1. Ask for proof. Ask to see before and after photos of actual patients. Ask to read or hear testimonials of the patients the dentist treated. Se if they have testimonials from other dentists. Ask the dentist if its in their comfort zone to treat a cosmetic case like yours. #2. Do a little gut check of your own. Does what the dentis...
FIFTEEN most common DENTAL VALUES
Posted On June 24th, 2015
Values are things that make us feel good and right on the inside. They are ideals for which we have great respect. Sometimes we refer to them as our standards or our moral code. They make the form of institutions, customs, traditions, rules, practices and convention. Regardless of the label we use to describe them, values represent things significant to us---things which have a high value of belief to be true, right or good. Values are things that can make or break our dental well-being., succe...
There are three different kinds of replacement teeth that can be built on dental implants #1. First is what we called fixed in place teeth. Fixed in place means that once the teeth go into place, they do not come out. Teeth placed this way are usually cemented into place or sometimes secured with screws. This is the way most people prefer their dental implants because it is most like having natural teeth. This method has the added advantage of the longevity of the replacement teeth themselves....
"I'll just wait until it hurts, falls out , or gives me trouble." As a solution, it isn't much of a solution. I am amazed at what people will do to put off their dental health compare to repairing their hair, their nails, their car, or a piece of clothing. So, "I'll just wait," is really saying, "I'm just going to let a bomb explode in my mouth before I attend to the problem." You wouldn't dare let a bomb go off in your car or house if you could have that bomb defused and safely removed. And,...
Oh, Momma Mia
Posted On June 19th, 2015
Mia came to us more than just a bit bedraggled. She didn't look very well and she wasn't dressed well, either. She wouldn't smile or let us take photos which is a normal part of the process in diagnosing cases like hers. Turns out, Mia was separated and three weeks away from final divorce decree. She told us, "Yeah, my mouth is a mess. I wish I'd taken better care of myself but I've spent most of my life caring for my husband and making sure our children had all that they needed." Mia went on ...
How do you make sure you select the RIGHT cosmetic dentist? How would you know? Ask a friend? Check with your insurance? Scroll the Yellow Pages or the Internet? #1. Ask for proof. Ask to see before and after photos of actual patients. Ask to read or hear testimonials of the patients the dentist treated. Se if they have testimonials from other dentists. Ask the dentist if its in their comfort zone to treat a cosmetic case like yours. #2. Do a little gut check of your own. Does what the dentis...
Values are things that make us feel good and right on the inside. They are ideals for which we have great respect. Sometimes we refer to them as our standards or our moral code. They make the form of institutions, customs, traditions, rules, practices and convention. Regardless of the label we use to describe them, values represent things significant to us---things which have a high value of belief to be true, right or good. Values are things that can make or break our dental well-being., succe...
There are three different kinds of replacement teeth that can be built on dental implants #1. First is what we called fixed in place teeth. Fixed in place means that once the teeth go into place, they do not come out. Teeth placed this way are usually cemented into place or sometimes secured with screws. This is the way most people prefer their dental implants because it is most like having natural teeth. This method has the added advantage of the longevity of the replacement teeth themselves....
Your teeth are not self-healing. If only that were true. The reality is that when teeth are ignored, they'll get worse until they can no longer be ignored. We still get patients who consistently put off their oral health, time after time. Often, these are the same patients who have had all their teeth removed and had been fitted for dentures. These are same patients who believe that having dentures means no more appointments with the dentist. If only that were true. These are the same patients...
Let Me Tell You About Harry
Posted On June 12th, 2015
Let me tell you about Harry. When Harry came into my office, he was 28 years old, had graduated from college, and had entered a managerial training program. He had done pretty well for himself. But he had become a bit dissatisfied with his job prospects with his current company and decided to quit. When he came to me, he wanted to look better. Now, frankly, Harry's problems were pretty small. He didn't need a lot of treatment to make him look better. For Harry, the treatment amounted to whi...
How do you make sure you select the RIGHT cosmetic dentist? How would you know? Ask a friend? Check with your insurance? Scroll the Yellow Pages or the Internet? #1. Ask for proof. Ask to see before and after photos of actual patients. Ask to read or hear testimonials of the patients the dentist treated. Se if they have testimonials from other dentists. Ask the dentist if its in their comfort zone to treat a cosmetic case like yours. #2. Do a little gut check of your own. Does what the dentis...
Values are things that make us feel good and right on the inside. They are ideals for which we have great respect. Sometimes we refer to them as our standards or our moral code. They make the form of institutions, customs, traditions, rules, practices and convention. Regardless of the label we use to describe them, values represent things significant to us---things which have a high value of belief to be true, right or good. Values are things that can make or break our dental well-being., succe...