Archive for August, 2011

Cosmetic vs. Restorative Dentistry

Having trouble distinguishing between cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry? Many dental procedures can be done for either reasons, or sometimes both. Cosmetic dental procedures improve the look of your teeth and enhance your smile. Typically insurance companies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures. Restorative dentistry restores function to damaged or genetically defective teeth. Many restorative procedures are desired for aesthetic reason, but are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Some cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and porcelain veneers. Reconstructive procedures include dental implants, root canals, and gum disease treatment. It is always important to remember that beauty depends on good health. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, restoring dental health will usually improve dental beauty. If you would like any more information on any of the procedures or insurance coverage questions, consult your Dentist.

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Is Kissing Dangerous to Your Health?

With just one kiss you are sharing more than 500 different types of disease-causing germs and viruses with your kissing partner. Not knowing whom you are kissing could be dangerous. Watch out for cold sores, the clear, fluid-filled blisters that form around the mouth and lips. These sores are linked to the herpes virus and are highly contagious, especially if they are leaking fluid. Even if these sores have scabbed over they can still be contagious. If you see one, avoid intimate contact! Also the common cold and flu virus can very easily be transmitted through kissing. If you or your partner feel a cold or flu coming on, try to avoid kissing one another. There are plus sides to smooching as well. A benefit to kissing is the increase in saliva production that helps to wash away food particles and cavity causing bacteria. Just remember to always know whom you are kissing.