Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month

Children's Dental Health Month

Did you know—February is Children’s Dental Health Month? Getting kids started with good dental health and hygiene habits early in life can help support a lifetime of healthy smiles. Ideally, children should have their first dental visit before their first birthday. If you’ve missed that milestone, it’s not too late to get started. We love to see kids of all ages in our office! In the meantime, here are several ways you can encourage the habits that lead to good oral health.

Something to Talk About         

Make healthy smiles a topic of everyday conversation. Look for opportunities to talk about the healthy eating and oral health habits that support healthy smiles and why they’re important.  When discussing trips to the dentist, talk about it in positive terms...

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Professional Teeth Whitening for Life

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There was a time when bright, white smiles were reserved for Hollywood celebrities. But in this new age of selfies and social media, everyone wants to feel confident about showing off their beautiful white teeth. Agave Dental has the answer: Professional Teeth Whitening for Life.

A Reward for Good Dental Health

Agave Dental likes to recognize those patients who take their dental health seriously, because it’s proven that patients who keep regular hygiene appointments spend less on dental care than those who visit the dentist only when they think there’s a problem. As an incentive, Agave offers patients 18 and older who attend regular preventative hygiene appointments and follow a recommended treatment plan the opportunity to receive Professional Teeth Whitening for Life.

How it Works

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Sedation Dentistry for More Comfortable Dental Care

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Does the thought of going to the dentist frighten you? Do you avoid dental visits for fear that you’ll discover just how much (potentially painful) work your teeth need? You’re not alone.

Many dental offices accommodate reluctant patients and ease their worries by offering Sedation Dentistry. Sometimes referred to as sleep, relaxation and anxiety-free dentistry, Sedation Dentistry is the use of medication and other anxiety and pain relievers to help promote a more comfortable experience at the dentist. And its popularity is rapidly growing.

Who’s a fit for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry may be a fit for you if you meet the following criteria. However, be sure to consult with a dentist trained in this procedure to be sure that it’s appropriate for you.

  • You’re scared of going to...
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What Does Your Medicare Really Cover?

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If you rely on Medicare for your preventive dental care and cleanings, you may be shocked to learn that you will need to cover the majority of costs yourself. OHA (Oral Health America) surveyed people aged 50 and older in 2015 to see how seniors are meeting their dental care needs. The survey covers seniors’  perceptions of the care they’re getting—and how they’re paying for it. When asked if Medicare covers routine dental services, more than half of the respondents were either uncertain or believed they were covered. Unfortunately, many retirees don’t discover that they’re not covered until post-appointment. 

Currently, medicare doesn’t cover most dental services. Yes, you read that right. According to medicare.gov, Medicare does NOT cover:

  •        dental cleanings
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Teeth Whitening: Finding the Right Option for You

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What impact would white teeth make on you? Would you feel more confident in your appearance? Would you smile more? Whatever your answers, if you’ve been thinking about teeth whitening the guidelines below will help you find the right option for you.

Clarifying Your Teeth Whitening Expectations

First, get clear about what results you expect from your teeth whitening treatment. Are you looking for a subtle boost in whiteness? Craving a dazzling Hollywood Smile? Either way, your ideal teeth whitening procedure will depend on your whitening goals.

Time, Money, Compliance and Your Teeth Whitening Options

Your dental hygienist should be able to match your whitening goals with an option that fits your budget and time constraints.

Considering an over-the-counter option? According to Sharon Zast...

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Is Invisalign® right for you?

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Children and teens may be a good fit for traditional, bracket-and-wire braces. But what if you’re an adult who wants to improve your smile—while still looking presentable? The virtually invisible plastic aligners of Invisalign slip discreetly over the teeth and can even be removed for limited intervals during your day so you can eat, brush and floss freely. And while no orthodontic treatment is perfect…a better, more functional smile can now be had by the many adults who would’ve otherwise resisted the dreaded “brace face.”

How does Invisalign stack up against traditional braces?

To help you weigh the pros and cons of Invisalign v.s. traditional braces, Dr. Jordan Beyea of Creative Smiles in Gilbert Arizona covered some of the pros and cons of Invisalign.

 

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Considering a Dental Implant or Dental Bridge?

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Deciding whether to move forward with a dental implant or dental bridge comes down to whether or not you really get why either of the treatments could benefit you. An effective dentist will equip you with all the information you need—and knowing your learning style can help. The more information your dentist has about how you learn, the better he or she can help you “get it.” Browse the learning styles below. You’ll find tips on what to ask for so you understand your options based on how you learn.

If you’re a visual learner, you need to see the value. Ask to see before and after pictures, benefits charts, and infographics. An infographic by Dear Doctor, Inc. is a simple visual that illustrates the mechanics of a Dental Implant and a Dental Bridge and is precisely the format visu...

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How to Stop Being Scared of Dental Cleanings

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If the thought of going for dental cleanings makes you anxious, you’re not alone.

According to Alfred Wyatt, DMD, an estimated 20% of people only go to the dentist when absolutely necessary.  So why risk going unless you absolutely have to? The truth is, you DO absolutely have to—if you value your health. Besides the cosmetic benefits like fresh breath and a brighter smile, regular dental cleanings prevent gum disease and let your dentist detect an array of serious health conditions in their early phases, like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Compelling health facts may not be enough to lessen your fear. Here’s what you can do:

1. Consult with different dentists before you commit...

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Periodontal Disease: What You Should Know

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Why is periodontal disease a major oral health problem? The answer lies equally in your hands as it does with patients. One of your priorities as a dental professional is how you compel your patients to accept and comply with the best periodontal treatment you have to offer. This depends on your ability to diagnose, treat, educate and sell. And it’s not just about you and your patients. Dr. Jordan Beyea of Creative Smiles in Gilbert said its key to “make sure you and your staff are on board with an effective, well-managed diagnosis and treatment protocol.” Here’s how:

Periodontal Treatment and Diagnosis Protocol: Define, Train, Execute, Repeat

According to DentistryIQ, hygienists are likely to report that “our periodontal program is non-existent...

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Put Your Patients at Ease about Dental X-Rays

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Radiation exposure is a concern for many. When it comes to dental x-rays, the fear of undergoing unnecessary exposure may cause your patients to resist having their x-rays taken. But the benefits of x-rays, when properly administered, outweigh the costs to your patients’ health by far. Make sure you accurately inform patients about how dental x-rays serve them. You can also address any patient concerns with the tips below.

Patient concern #1: Will dental x-rays give me cancer?
According to the National Academies’ National Research Council, radiation does pose a risk for cancer—but only a small one. The American Dental Association adds: “Radiation exposure associated with dentistry represents a minor contribution to the total exposure from all sources.”

Patient concern #2: Are x-r...

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