Archive for July, 2016


Sometimes, dentures are necessary. Watch this video for advice on how to keep them looking great and keeping your mouth healthy!


First and Regular Visits

Regular dental check-ups and preventative dental care such as cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, provide your child with “smile” insurance. Plan your child’s first dental visit within six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than his or hers first birthday.

Consider it a “well baby check-up” for your child’s teeth. During your child’s first visit, your dentist will check:

  • for cavities
  • to see how well the teeth are being cleaned and offer suggestions if necessary
  • to make sure the proper number of teeth have erupted
  • to see that your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride
  • to see if the parents have any questions or concerns

Routine dental exams will help assess your child’s dental health through the years. By age seven, it is recommended that your child receive an orthodontic evaluation.

Your dentist is there to provide information to help you take care of your child’s oral health.

Tea and Your Teeth


According to a study in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, brewed tea is one of the best drink options for your teeth.

The study found that the effect of black or green tea on tooth enamel was similar to that of water, which has no erosive effect. The study clearly showed that drinking brewed teas resulted in dramatically less enamel loss than drinking soft drinks and fruit juices.

Another study in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that green tea may also have additional benefits for your oral health, and may help eliminate bacteria that cause gum disease.

Just remember — don’t add sugar to your tea, and you should avoid the prepackaged, bottled ice teas because they contain citric acid, and high amounts of sugar.

Saving Money on Dental Costs


You can save money on your dental care by planning ahead. Before your dentist begins any type of treatment, make sure you know what your insurance covers and what your out of pocket costs will be. Ask your dentist for a pre-treatment estimate, which will tell you what your plan covers. You’ll then be able to make better-informed decisions about your treatment.
If you don’t have insurance, start a dental savings plan, or put aside some money each month.

Discuss treatment options with your dentist. There may be less-expensive alternatives available.

Also — make, and keep, regular dental appointments, so that your dentist can spot problems as soon as they begin. The longer it takes to identify a problem, the more serious, and more expensive, it becomes.

Most importantly, take good care of your teeth! Simple preventive care, such as brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily, will help prevent bigger problems and bigger bills.