Paying for Your Dental Treatment

One obstacle that often comes up when a patient needs to have dental treatment is that of finances. Although most dentists do try to keep their fees as affordable as possible, sometimes the prices for various procedures are higher than a patient can comfortably cover. If you have an extensive treatment plan, it can be helpful to think about all of your …

Infection Control in the Dental Office

Cold and flu season is about to end, but illnesses like strep throat, gastrointestinal viruses and other mild and serious conditions can affect anyone at any time of year. When you visit your dentist, the last thing you want to worry about is getting sick or being exposed to someone else’s germs. In any healthcare practice, certain infection control …

Dental Terminology You Should Know

If you ever hear your dentist and dental assistant talking about your teeth as you lay in the chair, you might wonder what they’re talking about. Dental terminology runs the gamut from words you already know to abbreviations that you’ve never heard of before. Here’s a rundown of some of the lingo you’re likely to hear. Tooth Numbers Whereas …

3 Reasons to Consider Braces as an Adult

Go to any middle school and you’ll be able to spot dozens of kids wearing metal in their mouths. However, you’re much less likely to spot a row of braces-lined teeth at the next office meeting. Because you don’t see them on adults very often, it’s easy to think of braces as only a kid thing. However, you might be surprised at how many adults …

Treating Periodontal Disease

Do your gums bleed when you floss? Are they red or sore? If so, you might be in the beginning stages of periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Your dentist or dental hygienist will let you know how healthy your gum tissue is each time you come in for a visit, so as long as you’re keeping your twice-yearly appointments, periodontal disease should …

When Should Your Baby See a Pediatric Dentist?

As a new parent, you’re probably spending your fair share of time in your pediatrician’s office! Between well-baby visits, vaccines and baby’s first sniffles, coughs and fevers, most of us visit the pediatrician quite often during the first year of our children’s lives. Whenever you take your little one in for a well visit, the doctor will take …

Cosmetic Dentistry: Your Options for Brightening Your Smile

If you’re like most patients, you dutifully show up for your twice-yearly checkups and cleanings, and report back if you chip a filling, suspect a cavity, or experience a toothache. Many patients come in even when they are not having an actual problem because they want to improve the look of their smiles. If you would like to see whiter, brighter, …

Dental New Year’s Resolutions

So the end of 2014 is in sight, and this time of year, in between stuffing ourselves silly and visiting family, many of us begin thinking about things we’d like to do differently in the new year. Some common new year’s resolutions include exercising, losing weight and quitting smoking. These are all great things to do for your health! Another good …

Getting a New Dental Insurance Plan? Here’s Help!

The new year is just six weeks away, and if you are like most of our patients, your dental insurance benefits will renew on January 1. This means that your slate will be wiped clean as far as your policy benefits go, with a few notable exceptions. What does this mean for you? Read on for an explanation of a typical dental insurance policy. (Keep in …

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

During your routine dental cleanings and examinations, your dentist and hygienist are alert to signs that you might be developing the symptoms of oral cancer. Regular screenings are important, as early detection can lead to a better prognosis when it comes to all types of cancer. Read through this list of potential symptoms of oral cancer. Keep in mind …