Children’s Dental Health Month: Top Tips for Healthier Kids

During the month of February, do your part to support Children’s Dental Health Month. Let kids and parents know that it’s never too early for dental care. The American Dental Association (ADA) advises parents that “starting your child off with good dental care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.” And while 83% of children aged 2-17 have had a dental visit scheduled in the past year, 17.5% of 5-19 year olds have untreated caries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It’s crucial that families are on board with proper dental health habits at every stage of childhood to keep disease at bay. Further the cause of children’s dental health, this month and beyond, by leveraging these top tips for parents:

No teeth doesn’t mean no care. ...

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Clear Braces: More than Just Cosmetic Dentistry

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It’s well-noted that the cosmetic benefits of using Clear Braces create a profound positive impact. Straighter teeth lead to increased self-esteem, heightened confidence in social settings, better chances for career advancement, and an overall improved outlook on life. And straightening discretely makes Clear Braces treatments like Arise Dental’s six month smiles all the more appealing to adults and teens alike. Still, let’s not forget the role that well-aligned teeth play in oral-systemic health.

Are you leveraging the following value points when discussing Clear Braces with your patients?

  1. Clear Braces lead to a stronger oral foundation: Braces straighten not just the teeth, but also the supporting bone structures of the mouth, called bone architecture...
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Composite Fillings: Getting Patients to Accept Them

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It’s no secret that your priorities as a dental professional are restoring teeth to the best condition possible, while preventing oral health issues. But how do you make these your patients’ priorities? One way is to leverage composite dental fillings. With the rise in demand for beautiful smiles, Composite Fillings marry form and function – an aesthetic alternative to the mercury and silver fillings many of your patients may have. Dr. Quin Gardener, who practices dentistry at Arise Dental in Glendale Arizona mentioned 3 tips to help with case acceptance.

Tips for Dental Filling Acceptance

1.  Treat the person first, then the condition: Before you make the case for ANY procedure, get to know your patients personally...

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Dental Prevention: When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

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One of the most important parts of your oral health is dental prevention.  You might not know this, but your dentist is an expert in identifying and diagnosing oral pathology inside of the mouth as well as along the face and neck.

Smokers Aren’t the Only People to Get Oral Cancer

Yes, smoking and smokeless tobacco can increase your risk of developing oral cancer, but other risk factors include viruses like HPV, sun exposure, and genetic predisposition. Even if you’re extremely healthy, eat right and use proper sun protect you can find yourself developing oral cancer. That’s why it’s so important for your dentist to screen for the condition during every preventive care visit.

Early Diagnosis is Key

The earlier oral cancer can be identified, the better outcome you have when it com...

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Will Your Dental Insurance Pay for That?

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If you’re like 99.9% of dental patients, anytime you need to schedule any new type of dental procedure, you will be asking “does my dental insurance pay for that?” This is a great question, and one that’s important to ask in order to avoid unexpected fees that could creep up on you without knowing any better. When looking at dental services that you may require additional dental financing might be required.

Layers of Coverage Amounts

It’s always better for you to see your dentist regularly if you want to keep your cost of care down. Dr. Jordan Beyea of Creative Smiles, located in Gilbert Arizona, stresses that “when your dentist diagnoses diseases at earlier stages, they are much more affordable to treat...

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Should You Wait on That Filling?

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Your dentist just told you that one of your teeth needs a dental filling, but up until the time of your appointment the tooth hasn’t hurt one bit. In fact, you’re starting to think that your dentist is just maybe making something up in order to put a few more dollars in their pocket. How can you know if it’s just something that can wait or if you should hop right after it?

Cavities are Best Treated When They are Small

Addressing your cavities or replacing old dental fillings is best done as early as possible. This helps the restoration be as small as possible. Why is this important? Because the smaller the new filling is, the healthier tooth enamel you are able to preserve.

It Will Keep Your Cost of Care Down

The smaller the filling, the lower your treatment costs will be...

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Dental Cleanings With Your Dental Hygienist

Dental Cleanings and Prevention

When you go to the dentist, more times than most you are there to have your teeth cleaned, x-rayed for new cavities, and have a cavities and gum disease screening. The majority of this visit is with someone who is not the dentist – it’s with the hygienist. But what exactly is a hygienist, and why is it that they are the only ones in the practice to clean your teeth every 6 months?

What is a Dental Hygienist?

Registered Dental Hygienists are the equivalent of Registered Nurses in the dental world. They can carry a bachelor or associates degree in Dental Hygiene from a college or university that has been accredited with the State Dental and Licensing Board...

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Choosing a Dentist that Takes Your Dental Insurance

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Have you ever been frustrated with trying to find a high quality dentist in your insurance network? Maybe the one you’ve seen for years is no longer a participating provider or you just aren’t sure whether or not you can use your insurance at certain offices. If this sounds familiar, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Ask Your Dentist if They Accept Your Insurance

Many dentists are happy to accept certain types of insurance, but they may not be a preferred provider. What that means is the dentist can file claims on your behalf, but the final reimbursement may be slightly different than what the dentist is actually charging you. With this option you can still continue seeing the provider of your choice. Dr. Jordan Beyea, who practices dentistry in Gilbert Arizona stresses that you s...

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Skipping a Dental Cleaning Could Cost You Thousands

Gilbert Arizona Dental Cleanings and Prevention

Most dental insurance plans cover two preventive cleanings and exams each year. Although these appointments might not seem very important to some people, Dr. Jason Perkins at Mesa Arizona Dental urges that dental cleanings play a key role in the health and vitality of our smile.

Skipping a dental cleaning often leads to a lengthy lapse in dental care, causing people to wait until something feels wrong before they head back to the dental office. By scheduling your cleanings ahead of time, you can benefit from:

• Preventive cleanings that deter gum disease
• Diagnostic x-rays that pinpoint tooth decay as early as possible
• Oral cancer screenings before symptoms arise
• Comprehensive dental exams that minimize treatment needs

Having a dental check-up and cleaning every 6 month will ...

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