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Give Yourself The Gift of Healthy Teeth

Give Yourself The Gift of Healthy Teeth

The holidays are a special time. A time for great food, great company and hopefully a great smile. But I’ll tell you from experience, some people are not smiling during this time of year. The stress from all the planning and shopping can really get to people, and as usual, dental care is at the bottom of the priority list. Here are some common questions I tend to get at the office around this time. Hopefully the answers will make your holidays a little less stressful! Download PDF Version I really wanted to come in this month, but I’m just too busy. Do my insurance benefits roll over? Dental insurance plans tend to have a fixed annual maximum that does not roll over. Either you use it or you lose it. But don’t worry, you still might be able to get in to see the dentist before the end of the year. Just remember, you’re not the only one who is scrambling to get in before December 31. If your dental office tells you they have no appointments remaining, ask to be put on a short list. Busy schedules also mean a good number of cancellations, and dental offices want to fill those gaps as quickly as they can. Make it clear to the office staff that you want to be notified as soon as there is an opening. Be flexible! I have a lot of holiday parties coming up. Is there anything I can do to give my smile a boost? There are a plethora of ways to enhance your smile, and in the end this question has...
Busy Season Reminds Us of The Need for Strong, Healthy Teeth

Busy Season Reminds Us of The Need for Strong, Healthy Teeth

As we come closer to the end of the year, life gets busier and busier and it’s easy to neglect our dental health. There’s just so much going on with Halloween wrapping up and Thanksgiving around the corner, the holidays will be here before we know it. Halloween has just passed us by and the kids probably have loads of candy hiding all over the house. As parents, we have to make sure we are careful about our children’s candy consumption. I have three children under the age of 6 and they love candy. Even as a dentist, I don’t “outlaw” candy in my home, instead, I regulate it. The real trick is to make candy a treat, and not a normal everyday habit. Make sure that after the kids have candy they rinse really well with water. If it’s the end of the day, make sure they brush really well. I always tell people, it’s not the candy that causes damage, it’s the candy lingering on the teeth for hours untouched, that provides food for bacteria, which in turn, produces acid that destroy the teeth. Bottom line, hide that candy and give it out in small portions over a period of months! Download PDF Version Moving on, Thanksgiving is a holiday that revolves around good food. Everyone is looking forward to that delicious family dinner. However, there are many people that can’t enjoy that meal because of painful tooth problems. In our society today, there is so much emphasis on cosmetics that people tend to forget that the most important aspect of your dental health is a fully...