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Children and Tooth Development

February 3, 2022.Individuals.#baby teeth
Black baby girl smiling and showing her lower teeth

February is Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to learn more about maintaining your baby’s dental health. It’s also a great time to learn about your child’s oral health during tooth development. Your Baby’s Teeth Timeline Before any teeth present themselves, clean your baby’s gums and mouth with a wet washcloth after eating and drinking. It also is important to take your child to the dentist no later than their first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child see a dentist after their first tooth appears, which is usually between six and 12 months old. Once teeth emerge, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to brush in soft, gentle circles twice a day with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste. Your child will continue to have baby teeth emerge up until their third birthday, and they will keep that set of teeth until around age 6. Baby […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

January 7, 2022.Individuals.#brushing teeth
White father and daughter helping to brush each other's teeth for good oral health

It’s the time of year for resolutions. Aim for a healthier smile in 2022! We can help you get started with the following tips. Consider the benefits of starting a healthy routine early in the year. Try to eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Find ways to reduce and manage stress while avoiding tobacco products and limiting alcohol. Think about setting goals to improve your oral health routine this year. Maintaining good oral health will also help improve your overall health. Good oral health habits include: Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time – don’t forget to clean your tongue Flossing daily Using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush Storing your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air-dry Replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months Preventive care has long been a priority in dental benefit […]

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Tooth Extractions 101

December 6, 2021.Individuals.#dental procedure

While it’s most common for teens and adults to have their wisdom teeth removed, other factors can make extraction of a permanent tooth necessary. Know what to expect during and after a tooth extraction procedure for your peace of mind. Causes Yes, permanent teeth are meant to stay with you throughout your life. However, it can become necessary to have them removed due to several factors, including: Tooth decay. Severe cavities may not be improved by antibiotics or a root canal. In that case, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. Gum disease. If advanced, severe infection to teeth and surrounding tissue and bones may result in complete removal of the infected tooth. Risk of infection. Those experiencing a compromised immune system can benefit from a tooth extraction if the risk of infection is enough to cause concern. Crowded mouth. If there’s not enough room in the mouth for erupting […]

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Understanding Pre-Estimates

November 8, 2021.Individuals

When considering any dental procedure, don’t overlook a pre-estimate. It’s simply a resource to provide you with a cost estimate prior to receiving treatment. Keep in mind, a pre-estimate is not an absolute guarantee, but rather a best estimate. Asking for an estimate before you undergo a dental procedure gives you the power to know costs involved before you commit and avoid any surprise bills. What is a pre-estimate? Obtaining a pre-estimate is easy. Once you submit a request through your dental office, they’ll file the recommended treatment plan with your dental carrier, who will review the documents and treatment recommendation to create a pre-estimate based on your plan benefits. The pre-estimate takes several factors into account, including your dental plan benefits, annual maximum and any deductible amounts. When to use it Pre-estimates are helpful when planning for more extensive dental treatments but can be applied to any dental procedure […]

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5 Healthy Halloween Tips

October 8, 2021.Individuals.#candy

Boo! Don’t be spooked by the thought of sugar harming your child’s teeth this Halloween. While the holiday is known for indulging in sweet treats, there’s ways to enjoy candy without risking your smile. Here are our top five tips for tooth-friendly trick or treating: 1. Be selective with your sweets Not all sweet treats are the same. In fact, chewy, hard or sour candies are worse for teeth than other types of candy. Hard candies can be particularly tough on teeth, so remind your child to avoid biting if they indulge in this type of treat. Chewy candies are also more problematic because they are typically kept in the mouth longer, extending the time teeth are exposed to sugar. Sour candies are usually very acidic, which can damage tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities. 2. Opt for tooth-friendly alternatives Letting kids enjoy themselves while finding a compromise can […]

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