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How Insurance Plans Work

Many of our patients use dental benefit plans, so we would like to explain why your insurance may not cover the entire cost of your dental procedure, or why it covers some dental procedures and not others. Most dental benefit plans are the result of a contract between your employer and an insurance company. The […]

Early Childhood Tooth Decay

Sometimes parents and other caregivers do not realize that a baby’s teeth can start to decay as soon as they appear in the mouth. Decay in infants and toddlers is called early childhood caries. It occurs when teeth are frequently exposed to sugary liquids such as fruit juice, soda, milk, breast milk and formula for […]

Back to School Time

Summer is over and it’s time for school and we wanted to remind you of the importance of packaging healthily meals for your child’s lunch.  As you may know, many schools sell sugary snacks or beverages in the school cafeteria or vending machines.  This easy access to sugar can lead to tooth decay.  A healthy diet […]

Why Sealants?

Sealants are an easy and affordable way to help prevent tooth decay on your children’s teeth. A sealant is a material that is applied to the teeth where decay occurs most often- the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  These teeth have the pits and grooves that are hard to clean, because toothbrush bristles cannot […]

Teething Tips

Although timing varies widely, babies often begin teething by about age 6 months. The two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth (upper central incisors). Classic signs and symptoms of teething include: –  Drooling –  Chewing on solid objects –  Irritability or crankiness […]

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Putting off dental treatment is never a good idea.  Problems may start out small, but could get much bigger and fast. Possible effects of waiting too long for the treatment may include: –  More pain, –  More complex and lengthier treatment, –  Increased treatment costs due to more harm to mouth and teeth, –  Higher […]

What about Toothbrushes?

Proper toothbrush care is important to your oral health.  A worn toothbrush is less effective in cleaning, the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Children’s toothbrushes often need to be replaced more frequently. Some common-sense things that the American Dental Association recommends […]