Don’t Let Your Hygienist Take Advantage . . . .

After a five year hiatus from going to the dentist my friend Natalie finally made an appointment. She had decided it was time due to sensitivity on the lower right and her teeth weren’t looking as bright as they once did. She for sure thought there was a cavity and was very nervous about going. […]

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Dental Crown Differences . . . .

Late one evening while finishing up at the office, one of my patients stopped by my room to seek some information. She was appointed for some crown work in the near future but didn’t know what kind of crown she was getting. I looked at the chart and told her what the doctor was doing. […]

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Gum Recession vs Deep Pockets . . . .

Recession and pocketing are not the same. I hear variations of two statements from patients which lead me to believe this is a confusing topic to some. “I know my teeth are sensitive because I have deep pockets or because my gums have receded, I need deeper cleanings.” Granted both terms refer to conditions of […]

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Don’t Use Dental Insurance as Your Guide to Dental Health . . . .

Dental insurance is great. It’s even better when your company is paying for it. And like all great things, there are limitations. These limitations come in the form of money. Most dental insurance policies have a deductible, waiting period, a co-pay, an annual maximum, and limitations on x-rays, dental exams and cleanings. These policies are […]

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Flossing 101, Tips and Tricks . . . .

Day after day I get the same excuses for not flossing. “My fingers are too big”, “I forget”, “My fingers are too small”, “I’m on a liquid diet”, “I’m too tired”, “It hurts my gums”, “My dog ate my floss”. Sound familiar? The bottom line is, if dental and health professionals didn’t think flossing was […]

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Mouth Sores Reveal More than the Obvious . . . .

I can’t tell you how many times I have asked a patient about a sore in their mouth that they were completely unaware of. Everyone gets sores in the mouth, that’s just the nature of the beast.

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Germaphobs Watch Out! . . . .

The mouth is a portal into our bodies and without proper care, the plaque and bacteria it harbors can help destroy our physical

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