Category Archives Dentistry

Cheap Dental Care

Millions of Americans who have health insurance do not have dental coverage. Reduced cost options can be found at community health centers, dental schools and local outreach organizations. Another option is dental savings or discount plans at participating dentists. Access to affordable dental care is a major issue for most Americans. Many employers don’t offer dental coverage, while those who…

Fluoride

Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay, but can be toxic if ingested in large amounts. Studies fail to demonstrate that fluoride has adverse effects at the levels present in drinking water or dental products. Several organizations and advocacy groups remain opposed to the presence of fluoride in public water supplies. Fluoride was first added to drinking water in some areas of…

At home whitening kit

Tooth discoloration can happen in one of two ways: from foods and beverages that stain, or from medications. At-home teeth whitening systems attack both forms of discoloration, though some work better than others. Choosing a kit that’s right for you has as much to do with your personality as it does the effectiveness of the product. A pearly white smile…

Water Flosser

Water flossers remove plaque and debris from teeth like regular floss, but the electric device uses a stream of water rather than string. According to the American Dental Association, water flossers are effective at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. You can use a water flosser if you have braces or other dental hardware, and in these cases a water flosser…

Dental Crown

A temporary crown serves as a short-term placeholder until a permanent crown is made. Pain can develop for the length of time that the temporary crown is in use. Discomfort typically lasts a couple of days to a few weeks, until the permanent crown is placed. Over-the-counter pain relievers and rinses may provide relief but swelling and severe pain require…

Treating Dry Socket

Dry socket can happen when a tooth is extracted but fails to heal normally. It most commonly develops in the empty socket of extracted wisdom teeth. Your dentist can take certain precautions but prevention largely rests on your shoulders. There are many simple measures you can take to lower your risk of dry socket. Usually, recovering from having a tooth…

Your toothbrush can harbor millions of germs picked up from your mouth, the air, and bathroom surfaces. Most cleaning methods can actually compromise or damage the toothbrush and usually aren’t necessary if you store it correctly. Replace your toothbrush each time you recover from an infectious illness to avoid any risk of reinfection. Good dental hygiene dictates that you replace…

Dental Debridement

Dental debridement is a procedure that is performed to remove dense deposits of plaque and calcified tartar from above and below the gum line. It may be carried out as a preliminary treatment, preparing the teeth for a more refined cleaning. Debridement may be necessary if you haven’t visited the dentist for a year or more. Debridement can be considered…

gum contouring

Gingivoplasty treats a wide variety of medical and cosmetic concerns, including congenital issues and those caused by disease. The procedure can be done using surgical blades, electrosurgery, and even lasers. Gingivoplasty may be covered by insurance, depending on why you’re getting it. Gingivoplasty, also known as gingival sculpting or gum contouring, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the gums around…

Dental Tourism

Dental tourism appeals to Americans who don’t have health insurance or sufficient dental coverage. Lower prices don't necessarily mean lower quality, although there’s no guarantee that work done abroad will meet accepted standards of care. Discounted offers should only be considered if they're backed by proof of competence. According to Patients Without Borders, the allure of quality dental care at…

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