Thursday, December 27, 2012

Want Whiter Teeth?

Brush Less! Sounds crazy right? A recent study by the American Dental Association (ADA) showed many people believed you need to brush after every meal to keep your teeth white. The American Dental Association recommends you only brush twice a day. Why? When you brush your teeth after every meal or snack you are damaging the enamel on your teeth.

If you feel the need to brush your teeth, try chewing on a piece of sugar free gum. Chewing gum helps increase saliva flow, which protects teeth.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How well do you know your doctor?

I was reading a news article about a dentist in Texas who allegedly, while under the influence of alcohol, botched a surgical procedure on a woman.  Lawsuits are pending.

This is incredibly disturbing when you think about how many people get treatment every day from doctors they know nothing about.  How many times have you picked a random doctor off of your insurance list?  I know I have done it, figuring that if my insurance lists them, they must be good enough.  They have a degree and a license to practice so it must be safe. And for some, it might be, but unfortunately, it is still an incredible risk to take.

Most people aren't even aware that you CAN research any doctor with a license.  Information such as where they went to school, when they graduated, complaints, infractions, etc. can be obtained for the general public.  It's as simple as a search for your local dental or medical board. Read the reviews.  Reviews tell a lot about the office and staff.

Such a simple step could have changed everything for that poor woman.

When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful!  Whatever you do, whether it be dentist, doctors or surgeons, ALWAYS KNOW who is working on you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Waxed Or Unwaxed Dental Floss

Many people wonder what the difference between waxed and unwaxed dental floss is? Well there are a few differences which you might find interesting!

Waxed Dental Floss:
  • Helps slide in between tight teeth
  • Does not remove as much plaque as unwaxed floss

Unwaxed Dental Floss:
  • Could get stuck or shread while trying to get between teeth
  • Removes more plaque then waxed floss

*Either waxed or unwaxed will do the job of removing debris...

What kind of Dental Floss do you like?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gum: Go Ahead, Gnaw on This!

As a dental assistant, I would frequently be asked by patients if it's ok to chew gum. My answer "yes, chew gum!" came easily, but..with a few guidelines.

Dentists today are encouraging patients to smack, chomp, chew their gum for their dental health. Done in moderation and in a sugar free format (i.e., gums containing Xylitol), chewing gum has many proactive benefits. Not only does it instantly freshen breath, it helps clean the surface of your teeth while chewing and stimulates the saliva flow, which in turn helps fight tooth decay!

Dentists do offer a few guidelines when choosing your chewing gum. It's best to avoid gums containing sugar, as to chewing those can actually increase your chances of getting tooth decay. Excessive chewing of gum can also lead to potential problems with your temporomandibular joints which leads to problems such as TMD. Dentists suggest that chewing a piece of gum will freshen your breath after 3-5 minutes and shouldn't be chewed more than about 20 minutes.

Should you have doubts about what brands of chewing gum are right for you, ask your family dentist!

Happy Chewing!!

Original Post December 17, 2009

Monday, November 19, 2012

Give The Gift Of An Affordable Smile This Year!

Its that time of year again!!! Thanksgiving will come and go in a flash and before you know it, Christmas will be here! Many people around the country are still without dental benefits and YOU can help!! Savon Dental Plan gift certificates are now available for purchase! What better gift can you give someone than one they can use all year long??!! And better yet, if you're already a member and you buy a gift certificate, you get 2 free months added to your own plan!
Click here to learn the details about our special Holiday offer!

Happy Thanksgiving, and as always, Keep Smiling!

reposted from moobiedoo Nov. 2010.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Many people are not aware of the connection between good oral health and the body's immune system. Fact: GUM DISEASE DOES NOT LIMIT ITSELF TO JUST YOUR TEETH AND GUMS! Did you know that infections of the gums and underlying bone are among the toughest infections for the body to fight? Periodontal disease, left untreated over a period of time, will cause the body's immune system to eventually weaken, leaving the body vulnerable to other diseases and infections that can be difficult to treat. Gum infections are dangerous because the toxic bacteria in an infected mouth can easily access the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, such as the heart and lungs.

Some health problems that have been associated with periodontal disease are:

*Coronary Artery disease




*Respiratory Diseases

Remember, your good OVERALL health begins with good ORAL health! How well are you managing YOUR oral health?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tooth Pain May Not Always Be Dental Related!

Did you know that toothaches can have a variety of causes and not all of them are actual dental issues?
You might find it interesting and informative to know some of these causes of tooth and jaw pain that are not related to the teeth!

1. Sinusitis and pressure in the nasal cavities and the air passages of the cheek bones can cause pain in the jawbone that may feel like a toothache.
2. Many people do not know that angina pain and some heart ailments can also cause jaw pain and/or tooth pain as well.
3. Occasionally, toothaches are caused by nerve ailments and neuralgia.
4. TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) can also cause chronic pain that is not related to a toothache.

It's never a bad idea to check with a doctor as well as a dentist in the event of unexplained tooth pain.

Keep smiling!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Avoid Tooth Decay This Halloween

Happy Halloween, tonight is the night all the kids get dressed up in there favorite costumes and go trick or treating around the neighborhood to collect all that delicious candy! Be careful of  all the ghosts and goblins out there and watch out for the yummy sugary treats that your child may consume as this could lead to tooth decay.

If you follow these simple steps it will help ease your mind, instead of worrying about your child's teeth.

  • Do moderate portions, don't let them have free access to the candy bucket.
  • Make sure your child brushes their teeth properly 2-3 times a day.
  • Have your child use a fluoride mouth wash.
  • Help your child floss their teeth.
  • Try to avoid sticky candy (caramel, taffy)
  • Give you kids sugar free gum to chew
Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Teeth Facts

Teeth help us bite and chew are food, but how much do you really now about your teeth. Most likely if you don't work in the dental field you have very little knowledge on what your teeth are made of and the different types of teeth we have!

Babies start teething around 6 to 12 months old and by the time they are 3 years old they should have a full set of 20 milk teeth, also known as baby teeth. Once they have reached 6 years old the child's teeth Begin to fall out making way for the adult teeth.

By the age of 14 most children have lost all their baby teeth and have their adult teeth. Adults have 32 teeth total. Around the age of 17 we start to gain four more which are called the wisdom teeth. If you experience any pain when the wisdom teeth are coming through consult your dentist, these may have to be removed.

There are four different types of teeth:

  • Incisors- The four front teeth top and bottom. Used for cutting and chopping.
  • Canine teeth- The pointy teeth on each side of the incisors top and bottom. Used for tearing.
  • Premolars- Also known as bicuspid teeth. These are located next to the canine teeth. Used for grinding and crushing.
  • Molars- Strongest teeth, work along side the tongue to help swallow your food, helps with the mashing of the food.
Click here to learn what teeth are made up of!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Little Honey A Day May Stop Tooth Decay!

Manuka Honey, Have you ever heard of it? Good, me either!

Honey is sweet and comforting and many people don't even know about all the healing abilities honey has to offer. Honey offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidants and cleansing properties for our body and health.

Manuka Honey is made by bees that feed off of the Manuka bush in New Zealand. This type of honey not only fights infections and helps with tissue healing but it helps reduce the amount of inflammation and scarring. As a side note this honey helps with diarrhea, stomach ulcers and many other problems.

Here are some interesting facts about Manuka Honey:

  • Manuka Honey which has  potent antibacterial qualities, that works just as well as mouth wash.
  • Most honey consumed in the US is processed and will not have the same healing properties found in raw Manuka Honey.
  • Manuka Honey is also known as "Medihoney"
If you would like to learn more about Manuka Honey click here!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dental Check Ups!

How often do you see your dentist for a routine dental check up? We all assume that we need to go every six months, but did you know that your dental health will determine when you will be asked to come back for another check up?

Here are some frequent questions about check ups!

Why do we need dental check ups?

Dental check up are very important to our dental health, the dentist will do a examination of your mouth and detected any occurring problems you might have. Leaving any problems untreated will cause major problems in the future.

What does a dental check up include?

During the visit your dentist will:
  1. Examine your mouth (teeth and gums).
  2. Ask questions about your dental health, see if you are having any problems.
  3. Give you advice for a healthy mouth.
  4. Tell you when they want you back .

What about dental treatments?

Once you have had your check up, you may receive a treatment plan. A treatment plan is a outline of what procedures you may need done. Remember this is not set in stone, this is to show you what should be done to prevent any further problems that could occur.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How To Keep Your Teeth Clean

We all brush and hopefully floss our teeth on a daily basis. But did you know that there are other important questions you should ask, so you can keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible?

When should I brush my teeth?
  1. You should brush your teeth at least two times a day, once in the morning before breakfast and once at night before you head to bed.
  2. Try to avoid brushing teeth right after a meal because this could damage your teeth, especially if you just had anything containing acid. *This is because the acid softens the enamel on your teeth*
Should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?
This depends on what you feel comfortable using. (They both are equally good.)

What type of toothpaste should I use?
Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. (Fluoride helps prevent and control cavities.)

How to brush your teeth?
  1. Your toothbrush should be at a 45 degree angle, brush in small circular movements several times on all surfaces of the tooth.
  2. Brush the roof of your mouth
  3. Brush your tongue, this will freshen your breath.
How to Floss?
  1. Take a section of floss
  2. Slip the floss between your teeth
  3. Floss up and down about 10 times
  4. Floss at least once a day, best time is right before bed.

You can use normal floss (waxed or unwaxed) or you can use the floss picks/gliders.

After brushing and flossing you should use a mouthwash. Mouthwash helps get rid of any last bits of bacteria or leftover food that you may have missed while brushing and flossing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Did you ever drink something hot or cold and feel a sharp, shooting pain in one or more of your teeth? You probably have tooth sensitivity: potentially caused by a myriad of different problems. Here is a list of things that can cause sensitive teeth.
  • Receeding Gums
  • A Cracked Tooth
  • Teeth Grinding (Also known as Bruxism)
  • Whitening Products (Especially if overused.) Note: Some people have a natural sensitivity to whitening products, so it's common to have some sensitivity after use.
  • Gum Disease
  • Brushing your teeth too hard or with a hard bristled toothbrush.
  • Foods that have a high acid content, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, soda....
There are a variety of remedies out there to try, such as:
  • Desensitizing Toothpaste (there is a wide variety available at the drugstore)
  • Sealants
  • Brushing with warm water or rinsing with warm salt water
  • Add foods rich in vitamin D to your diet.
The most effective remedy is the common sense approach.....limit your usage of harsh mouthwashes, use a soft bristled toothbrush and keep up with your routine dental cleanings!

As always, keep smiling!

Original Post by walnutflwr on 7/27/10

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Having trouble understanding dental language??

Check out Savon's Tooth-o-Pedia! This convenient dental dictionary helps if you are trying to understand your bill, your treatment plan, or even understand the dentist as he speaks to you!

This is a GREAT tool that I have found very useful at home and at work!!! I've even surprised my friends with how much I know about dental! I recommend bookmarking this page to anyone!

Here is Savon's Tooth-o-Pedia

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Suffer from Dry Mouth?

Well there is hope for you yet!

Several people suffer daily from a condition known as Xeristomia or Dry Mouth. Dry mouth can be brought on by any number of medical maladies and various prescription drugs. Most sufferers have found little to no relief from this condition and find themselves constantly drinking more water in hopes of quenching it.

New studies have shown that gums, candies, rinses and sweetners containing Xylitol offer comfort to those suffering from dry mouth. The xylitol coats the soft tissues of the mouth sealing in moisture and stimulates saliva flow.

There is a plethora of amazing over-the-counter products endorsed by dentists for treating dry mouth. Some products to check out are Biotene, Oasis and Sensodyne for Dry Mouth.

To learn more about this condition and it's treatments, please check out the following link from .

Original Post by Dawn_DA on 9-8-09

Monday, July 2, 2012

Funny Dental Comic

Just a little humor to start out the work week!

Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Popsicle Recipes

It's summer time! Popsicles are a great snack to help stay cool!
Here are a few fun recipes:

Chocolate Banana:
  • 1.5 cups bananas
  • 1/2 rice milk (or other milk)
  • 3 Tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp walnut oil (optional)

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth, scraping down sides if necessary.
  2. Pour into BellyFull popsicle tray (or other popsicle mold), add wooden spoon-sticks, and freeze for three hours.
Electric Green
• 3 ripe bananas
• 1 medium pineapple
• 2 cups spinach
• Water
  1. Blend until smooth and pour into molds. 
Orange Ice Cream
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 can (6 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, partially thawed
  • 12 Popsicle molds or disposable plastic cups (3 ounces each) and Popsicle sticks
  1. In a blender, combine the milk, ice cream and orange juice concentrate; cover and process until smooth.
  2. Pour 1/4 cupfuls into Popsicle molds or plastic cups; top molds with holders or insert Popsicle sticks into cups. Freeze until firm. Yield: 1 dozen.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Welcome To Our New Look!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

15 Facts about Teeth

1.A human child will lose their first tooth around 7.
2. The enamel on a humans tooth is the hardest thing in their body.
3. A mammal has 2 types of teeth called primary and permanent teeth.
4. Teeth in humans start to form before they are born.
5. Toothbrush bristles were originally made from the hair of cows.
6. Baby teeth are actually called milk teeth.
7. A Shark has around 40 sets of teeth in their life time.
8. A human baby has 20 teeth which start to grow at about 6 months old.
9. An adult human has 32 permanent teeth.
10. Humans only have 2 sets of teeth in their life time.
11. A humans front teeth are called "incisors"
12. An adult human has 2 "canine" teeth that have points and are used for tearing.
13. A human uses "molars" to grind their food.
14. Teeth are kept alive by blood and nerves.
15. Teeth are fixed into jaw bones and held in place by cement.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Chewing Ice: Sooo Good, But So Bad!!!

Chewing ice is a common, thoughtless habit that most of us are guilty of. We all know it's bad for you to chew ice, but if you're anything like me, you've found yourself chomping on a cube or two every now and then. Seems harmless, but according to the following facts, an ice chewing habit can mean trouble in more ways than one:

-Chewing ice is a sign of iron deficiency anemia and other nutritional deficiencies.

-Chewing ice is also a sign of Pica- a medical condition where people have strong urges and cravings to chew on non-nutritional substances such as rocks, pottery, dirt and ice.

-Chewing ice is also a guaranteed seat at the dentist office. It causes tiny fractures and chips which could lead to an abscess and cause you to need a root canal. Cosmetic dentistry to fix chipped or broken teeth can be pricey and is often not covered by insurance companies.

-Constant chewing can also damage existing fillings and crowns as they are not as structurally sound as a natural tooth. This could lead to a lot of pain and an expensive dental bill.

It's a difficult habit to break not to mention how annoying it is to hear someone else do it. But to this day I still can't help myself. Anyone else have an ice-chewing addiction like me? :D
Repost by MoobieDoo on July 26,2011

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dental Problems Linked To Breast Cancer

Attention Women: Studies have shown that periodontal disease has been liked to breast cancer in women. This study was done in  October of 2010 in Huddinge, Sweden. This study consisted of 3,000 women between the ages of 30-40 years. More details on this study click here.

Bacteria that is found in periodontal disease, can effect the entire body's blood supply. This infection then sets off co-infections that an already weakened immune system has to fight, leaving it to suppressed (weak) to fight off cancer cells.

Periodontal Disease is also liked to heart disease, diabetes, strokes and many others.

It is very important that everyone takes care of their oral health. Brushing and flossing on a regular bases, also combined with regular dental cleanings.

Here are some signs of periodontal disease:
  1. Bad Breath
  2. Painful Chewing
  3. Sensitive Teeth
  4. Bleeding Gums

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lack of Vitamin D in Children

About 70 percent of U.S. children have low levels of vitamin D, which puts them at higher risk for bone and heart disease, researchers said today.
The cause? Poor diet and lack of sunshine, the researchers conclude today in the online version of The Journal Pediatrics. We all know that the fast food industry (or should I say the convenience of it) contributes to a childs poor diet and the lack of outdoor activity can be blamed on TV, computer game centers and indoor activity centers popping up all over the nation. Vitamin D supplementation can help. In a study, children who took vitamin D supplements (400 IU/day) were less likely to be deficient in the vitamin. However, only 4 percent of the study population actually uses supplements.
Ask your pediatrician about this growing concern and get your kids up and moving and out of the house for some healthy exercise!

Original post by btflbttrfly in August 2009

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New Dental Technologies

Technology is always changing and getting more and more advanced.  This is just not happing with cell phones or computers, there is new technology coming in to the dental field as well.  Here are some new dental technologies...

OraVerse- We all hate that numbness after a treatment right?  OraVerse is a new technology to help reverse the effect.  This will be injected right  after a treatment so the numbness wears off in half the time.

Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning – Tried of going to get a dental cleaning and having the hygienist scrape and scrape?  An instrument called a Cavitron uses vibrations to blast away plaque and tartar.

Invisalign- Need braces but don't want the metal brackets? Invisaligns are clear, removable aligners that move your teeth without having to deal with the metal brackets and wires.  Also a plus to wearing invisalign is that you cannot tell you are wearing braces!

Click here for more

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ear Pain While Flying

I'm a frequent flyer who just recently flew to the west coast, and for the first time I experienced some discomfort in my ears in flight. If you're one of those people who may have problems clearing your ears on an airplane, here is a small list of things you can do to relieve the symptoms:

1. Yawning - the most effective way to clear the ears.

2. Swallowing

3. Chewing Gum

4. Valsalva Maneuver (aka, Plug your nose and blow!)

5. Nasal Sprays (relief for allergy sufferers)

6. Decongestants

Babies are not able to clear their ears on an airplane, but there are ways to help them get through the discomfort which typically is worse during assent and descent. Using the following techniques during take-off and landing may help:
1. Breastfeeding

2. Bottlefeeding

3. Pacifiers

These are just a few suggestions that may be useful!

Keep Smiling!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

8 Dental Problems You Can Fix Yourself

Here are a few ways to treat some dental problems from home, until you can visit your dentist.

Sensitive Teeth:
Cause~ Exposed nerve root.
Treatment~ Lay off whiting treatments, brush teeth a little softer than normal.

Lost Tooth:

Cause~ Sports.
treatment~ Rinse it with milk and push it back in right away, then bite down gently on a soft cloth or moistened tea bag to hold it in place. Then visit your dentist.

Burned Palate:

Cause~ Hot food.
Treatment~ Try using Kenalog in Orabase, an over-the-counter corticosteroid paste that creates a protective coating on the burn and speeds healing.

Burned Tongue:

Cause~ Hot drink or food.
Treatment~ Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water.

Jaw Soreness:

Cause~ Temporomandibular joint disorder.
Treatment~Try sleeping on your side or back with a supportive pillow, instead of facedown.

Canker Sore:

Cause~ Sugary foods/Citrus.
Treatment~ Apply vegetable oil to a cotton ball and hold it against the sore three or four times a day.

Lost Filling:
Cause~Popcorn, Peanuts, Carmel.
Treatment~You can use sugarless chewing gum (chew it first) or soft wax to caulk the hole and reduce the sensitivity until you can visit your dentist.

Gum Pain:

Cause~Gingivitis (gum disease), tobacco use.
Treatment~ You can ease the pain by swishing peppermint tea around your mouth.

To read more click here!

*This is not intended as medical advice. With any dental problems always see your dentist as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Cost of Dentistry In Todays Market

It's no secret that the cost of medical care in this country is unbelievable, if not completely unrealistic, particularly for the uninsured.  Dentistry is no different.  The cost to maintain your healthy smile is high enough, but should you need restorative care you can expect to pay a high price for it in this market.  Even if you're lucky enough to be insured, your cost for just one visit can exceed your insurance benefit, leaving you to pay for the remainder of the procedure out of pocket.  Here are a few ways to avoid "sticker shock" at the dentist's office:

1. See your dentist every 6 months for a checkup.  Many people wait YEARS to see a dentist, opting to go only when they have a problem.  Good preventive care is the key to keeping your dental bills cheap.  Have that small cavity filled! It costs much more for a root canal down the line if you wait.

2. Discuss your treatment options with your dentist.  If you still feel the cost is too high, get a second opinion.  Another dentist may opt for a more conservative treatment, saving you money.

3. Whether you are insured or uninsured, look into the possibility of a good discount dental plan. Insurance benefits will only go so far...often only $1000-$1500 per year.  As I mentioned before, one can exceed that amount in a single visit to the dentist for a restorative procedure. Discount dental plans typically do not have a will continue to receive that discounted fee no matter how much work you need. 

Here is a link to one of the best dental plans available.  Check it out! 

As always, keep smiling!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Suffer From Dry Mouth??

Well there is hope for you yet!

Several people suffer daily from a condition known as Xeristomia or Dry Mouth. Dry mouth can be brought on by any number of medical maladies and various prescription drugs. Most sufferers have found little to no relief from this condition and find themselves constantly drinking more water in hopes of quenching it.
New studies have shown that gums, candies, rinses and sweetners containing Xylitol offer comfort to those suffering from dry mouth. The xylitol coats the soft tissues of the mouth sealing in moisture and stimulates saliva flow.
There is a plethera of amazing over-the-counter products endorsed by dentists for treating dry mouth. Some products to check out are Biotene, Oasis and Sensodyne for Dry Mouth.
To learn more about this condition and it's treatments, please check out the following link from

Original post by Dawn_DA in September 2009

Monday, May 14, 2012

Teeth: Fingerprints in your mouth?

We all know that our fingerprints are a surefire way to identify a person. Did you know that your teeth can be used to identify you as well? Every person has unique crevices and markings on their teeth, when you bite something or someone, they can actually match up your bite the same as they would a finger or footprint. This kind of forensic dentistry is used to identify persons who are victims of crimes or accidents. They also use this kind of forensic dentistry to identify criminals. Ted Bundy was identified by teeth marks he left on one of his victims. It is even possible for them to access your dental records to find out what kind of dentistry you’ve had done to try and change your bite. Aside from the criminal aspect of dental forensics, it has also been used in identifying ancient human or animal remains. It’s just interesting to me all the things we don’t realize that make us individual and unique. Any thoughts?

Re-Post by MoobieDoo on May 27, 08

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"When do I take my child to the dentist for the first time?"

As a parent I often wondered what age do I start taking my kids to get their teeth cleaned by a dentist? After some research on line I found most articles said about when they are two or three, when all 20 baby teeth have come in. After the first visit, children should see a dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. These visits can allow your dentist to detect flaws early, possibly preventing more serious problems in the future. Hope that helps some of you out there who might have wondered the same thing. :)

Repost by: btflbutterfly77 on July 29,2010

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Referred to a Dental Specialist? Don't Fret! It's a Good Thing!

 No, is!
As a dental assistant I used to chuckle at patients, quietly of course, who would scoff at the fact that the doctor was referring them out. So I used to explain it like this...
If your medical doctor diagnosed you with a heart wouldn't think twice about being seen by a cardiologist would you? Of course not! You know your medical doctor was trained to treat you, but your Cardiologist, is a master at it. I don't know about you, but I'd rather let the master do the work.
For many, many years, the dental offices were one-stop shops. Anything you needed done from cleanings, extractions and root canals, to dentures and periodontal treatments you could have done at one office. Most general practices offered just about everything.
With the growth of treatments and technologies in the field radically changing daily, general dentists worldwide are forced to keep on their toes to be able to continue to offer all these services at their A+ rate. The reality of this is, not every general dentist can be 100% proficient, in every aspect of every field of dentistry.
This is where the beauty of specialists come in. They are able to offer the A+ treatments to patients when their general dentist is not comfortable performing a procedure or has diagnosed treatment that doesn't fall into their scope of practice. It's your general dentist's way of saying " I want you to have the best treatment possible for your situation." And why not have a doctor who does this procedure all day, day in and day out do it?
So, if you receive a referral to a dental specialist, make sure you thank your doctor. He's looking out for you, your comfort and your dental health.

Original Post by Dawn_DA in March 2010

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Never Let an Abscessed Tooth Go Untreated!

Of all of the dental problems one can have, abscesses are among the most dangerous and unpredictable. Often times, people will let tooth pain go for a lengthy period of time and will not see a dentist until their pain is severe and an abscess has developed. Other times, an abscess can develop seemingly overnight. In rarer instances, an abscess can be growing under a tooth without the patient suffering severe pain and the only symptoms may be too subtle to notice by the untrained eye.... The danger in letting an abscess go untreated is that serious complications can arise. The following list should make someone sit up and pay attention!

If left untreated, abscesses can cause:

1. Loss of the tooth
2. Fever, chills
3. Spread of infection to jawbone (serious infection can cause disfigurement)
4. Spread of infection to brain, heart or lungs (extremely dangerous, can cause death!)
5. Excessive swelling leading to blockage of airway or inability to eat or drink

You cannot be too careful with a toothache, or even a can lead to an abscess.
If you or anyone you know has a toothache, don't let it progress to an abscess! If dental care is not immediately available, go to an urgent care center or the ER for treatment! Abscesses can become life threatening!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Myths and Facts

Do you know what ones are myths or facts?

Sugar Is the Prime Cause of Cavities? (MYTH AND FACT)

Exposure to Acidic Foods Like Lemons Causes Tooth Decay? (FACT)

Kids Are a Lot More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults? (MYTH)

Aspirin Placed Next to a Tooth Will Help a Toothache? (MYTH)

All Fillings Eventually Need Replacing? (MYTH)

If You Have a Cavity, You'll Know It? (MYTH)

Once a Tooth Is Treated, the Decaying Stops? (FACT)

Cavities Are More Likely Between Teeth? (FACT)

Gaps in Teeth Encourage Cavities? (FACT)

Brushing and Flossing Is the Best Way to Prevent Cavities? (FACT)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

What are the signs of a baby teething?

Your little one may be cranky and miserable, his/ her gums might be swollen or even be hard and sometimes they may even have a fever. Most babies start to teeth around six or seven months but some can come earlier. It may help if you are prepared for when the time comes if you have pain relievers, teething toys & lots of patients. If you would like to read more about the signs you can view this web-site here.
Original post by bftbutterfly77 on November 3rd,08

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dental Jewelry-A New Fad

It's the newest thing in body art revolution, and it's catching on! You can now purchase small jewels and have them bonded to your teeth to give your smile an extra sparkle! It doesn't come cheap, however! The procedure is simple, the jewels are bonded with the same type of glue that is used to secure braces to your teeth. More and more people are trying it. Here is a link to a website where you can view some pictures and learn a little bit about this fast growing fad. Keep Smiling!
Original post by: walnutflwr on April 12, 2011

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Can Your Dental Exam Reveal Osteoporosis?

Your teeth have been cleaned, x-rayed and examined. You're ready to schedule your next 6-month check-up and be on your way. But instead, your dentist delivers some surprising news: you may have osteoporosis.You may think your dentist is kidding, but that's probably not the case. Signs of osteoporosis can often be seen on dental x-rays and exams. Oral health and bone health can be directly related. Your dentist can find possible signs of osteoporosis by examining your jawbone, gums and teeth.
Although your dentist may suspect the disease, you can't tell for sure from an x-ray alone. To diagnose osteoporosis, you will need to see a doctor for a bone density test.

Original post by Btflbutterfly77 6/2009.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 5 Tooth Whitening Myths Uncovered!

MYTH #1: TEETH WHITING IS HARMFUL AND CAN RUIN THE ENAMEL. TRUTH: Modern methods of teeth whitening, including laser teeth whiting or Air Flow technique, have minimal harmful effects. Nevertheless, one must remember that teeth whiting may not be recommended for all people, especially for those who have extremely sensitive teeth, problematic enamel, underdeveloped tooth tissues, or facial composite restorations and crowns.
MYTH #2: AFTER ANY BLEACHING PROCEDURE TEETH DO NOT REMAIN PEARLY WHITE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. TRUTH: In average, the effect can last for about a year or so, but after every additional bleaching procedure the duration of the effects usually decreases. Generally most patients will "touch up" bleach their teeth periodically to maintain their pearly whites.
MYTH #3: IT IS NOT HARMFUL TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH WITH SODIUM BICARBONATE OR BETTER KNOWN AS BAKING SODA. TRUTH: It is, actually, very harmful, because sodium bicarbonate we use for baking has very strong abrasive effects. If you want to whiten your teeth in an easy way, the use of special whitening toothpaste with bicarbonate contain much smaller particles of bicarbonate and they do not damage teeth as much.
MYTH #4: HYDROGEN PEROXIDE WILL WHITEN MY TEETH ID I SWISH WITH IT DAILY. TRUTH: While peroxide MAY slightly lighten your teeth if swished with, it CAN however cause serious chemical burns to the soft delicate tissues inside your mouth. This route is highly discouraged by dental professionals.
MYTH #5: IF MY TOOTH ENAMEL IS WHITE, THE TOOTH MUST BE CONSIDERED HEALTHY. TRUTH: This is absolutely not true! A tooth can look healthy and white, but, at the same time, it can have cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities that require treatment.

Re post from Dawn_DA April 09

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

7 Things You Didn't Know About Toothpaste!

As we all know there are so many different types of toothpaste out on the market! But did you know there are things you need to know about toothpaste!
  • It’s all about the fluoride- when buying toothpaste look for the one with added fluoride.
  • Look for the seal of approval- when looking for toothpaste look for the ADA seal before purchasing.
  • Whitening toothpastes workat least to a certain degree- All toothpaste contains mild abrasives to help remove surface stains on your teeth, but toothpast does not have bleach, so you will not get the professional look.
  • Less is more- Most people pile on the toothpaste, I know I do! But did you know actually less is better? All you need is a pea size amount!
  • How you brush is more important than what you brush with- when brushing your teeth you need to brush at a 45 degree angle, and brush in a circular motion!
  • What’s inside your toothpaste might surprise you- some ingredients inside your toothpaste are seaweed and detergents. This is how they get your toothpaste to foam.
  • Pastes or gels—they all do the trick- they both work equally!

To read more click here!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fun Facts:Amazing Alternative Uses for Toothpaste!

We all know that toothpaste will clean, polish and whiten our pearly whites, but there are a variety of other uses for it that may surprise you!

For instance, did you know that it can:

` Remove minor scratches on music CD's and DVD's?
` Be used to remove small scratches on your car?
` Clean jewelry?
` Remove crayon marks from walls?
` Clean piano keys?
` Shine Chrome?
` Take the pain and itching away from bee stings and bug bites?
` Take the redness out of acne blemishes?
` Remove scuff marks from shoes?

Toothpaste (when used in the regular form, not the gel) has slight abrasive qualities and can be used for many purposes as a light rubbing compound, which allows it to perform all the extra duties mentioned above! It's a handy thing to have and is a ready staple in everyone's home.

Hope you enjoy these helpful hints!
Keep Smiling!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Little Thursday Humor!

You might be a redneck if...

  • You re-use dental floss to save money.
  • You've drunk mouthwash just because you're too lazy to walk down to the
    liquor store.
  • If your two-year-old has more teeth than you do
  • You pull your own teeth

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dental Phobia-A Very Common Fear

To begin, I think it's important to note that dental phobia is a very common affliction, with over 80% of the population having at least some level of anxiety and fear over dental procedures. So, to the dental phobics out there, please know that you are not alone!! Conversely, a higher percentage of women have reported having dental phobia than men. (Ok, I'll admit that this statistic surprised me just a little!) Having worked in this industry for the past 18 years, it occurred to me to write on this topic because I have witnessed so many people who have been diagnosed as needing major restorative work all because they were afraid to see a dentist for preventative care. Many have avoided seeing a dentist for 15 or 20 years! Anyway, I did a little hunting on the web and found some interesting ideas for overcoming dental phobias.

  • The first, and I think most important thing, is to find a dentist you can trust. The best method for this is word of mouth. Talk to a trusted friend or co-worker, or ask family member for a referral. Chances are if they've had a good experience, you will too.

  • Proceed with treatment at your own speed. (Except in the case of an emergency, of course.) Do not allow yourself to be rushed into treatment before you are ready. Mental preparation is important to your dental experience. Discuss all options with your dentist prior to the treatment. Knowing what to expect goes a long way toward relaxation.

  • Try to bring a spouse or trusted friend with you for treatment. Sometimes just knowing someone is there (even if they stay in the waiting room) can help to relax you and put your mind at ease. Also, sometimes talking about your fears with that person can help to alleviate and irradicate the jitters. You might even be surprised to learn that they have similar fears!

  • Predetermine a "stop signal" with your dentist. Most people will just raise a hand....that seems to be the most common signal, but the important thing is that he (the dentist) needs to know if you are experiencing discomfort at any level. Sometimes all that is required is to stop for a moment and let the feeling pass, or if you are in pain, to administer more anesthetic.

  • Bring an MP3 player or CD player with headphones to distract you. Music calms the soul, and consequently the mind and body. If you are in to motivational CD's or inspirational types of listening material, that is helpful as well. Many of the new state of the art dental facilities already have these things available.

These are just a few of the ideas that are available on the internet to help overcome your fear of the dentist. Hope this was helpful! Please comment if you have additional ideas that you think may help others. Keep Smiling!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Get Shades Whiter!

What is the Zoom Whiting all about?
Zoom Whiting is a bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of enamel.

What is the process for the procedure?
First you will begin with a short preparation to cover your gums and lips leaving only your teeth exposed. Next the assistant will apply a whiting gel all over your teeth, then will apply the light. Now is the time to sit back and relax.

How long is the procedure?
This procedure will last a total of 45 min. Three 15 min. sessions. Between each session the assistant will reapply the whiting gel.

Are there any side effects?
Some people may experience sensitivity. on rare occasions tingling may occur after the treatment. You can ask your dentist to prescribe a anti-sensitivity toothpaste before the

Monday, February 13, 2012

Dental Specialists:What Does Each One Do?Part 2

The question that is most often asked, is, "Which type of dentist should I see if I need Implants?"
Dental Implants can be done by 3 types of dentists.

* Oral Surgeons
* Periodontists
* General Practitioners*

Prosthodontists are usually called upon to do the final restoration for implants, which involves setting the crown on an implant.
*Not ALL general practitioners can do implants. They are capable only if they have had the advanced training required.
Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss...they are better supported than dentures. The procedure is invasive, however, and depending on the patient and the structure of the patients' jawbone, there are 2 types of implants available; full standard implants and mini implants.
Here is a link to an article that explains the difference between a mini implant and a standard implant.
Keep smiling!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dental Specialists-What Does Each One Do? Part 1

A common question posed to those of us in the dental industry is "why do I need a specialist?"
It is a common occurrence for a general dentist to refer a patient to a specialist if the work needed is outside the realm of his expertise. Many people assume that all dentists should be capable of fixing every problem, regardless of the level of difficulty, however, this is simply not the case. While it is true that general practitioners are trained in all aspects of the field, some have had advanced training in specific areas, and others have gone on to a higher level of training and received a certificate to practice a specialty. You wouldn't trust your heart to a foot doctor, would you? Just as the medical profession has Cardiologists and Podiatrists and Opthamologists, the dental industry has many different fields as well.
Below are the different types of dental specialties, along with a brief explanation for what their function is.
* Endodontist - An endodontist is skilled at root canals. Their mission is aimed at saving teeth, as opposed to having them extracted.
* Oral Surgeon - Oral Surgeons extract wisdom teeth or other "problem teeth", place implants, treat TMJ, repair fractures and other injuries to the jawbone and facial bone structure. Some are even qualified to perform cosmetic surgery. This type of surgeon is called an Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon.
*Orthodontist - An Orthodontist does braces. Their mission is to repair the bite and adjust misaligned teeth.
*Periodontist - A periodontist treats the gums and tissues of the mouth, and also places implants. Their job is most important for preventing loss of teeth by keeping the mouth clean and free of bacterial disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss.
*Pedodontist - A Pedodontist treats all aspects of children's teeth.
*Prosthodontist - A Prosthodontist is skilled at crowns, bridges, dentures and the final restoration of implants.

In part 2 of this blog I will address which doctors are qualified to do implants.

Until then,

Keep Smiling!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Is teeth whitening safe?

I have heard stories on how it is not good for your teeth as whitening them can strip the enamel. I did some searching around on line and most articles I have read said it "is" safe to whiten your teeth as long as it is done with the right amount of carbamide peroxide. Most teeth whitening systems use 10% carbamide peroxide trays and with that amount it is safe and effective. So just make sure you know what your using when you get them done.

Re-Post from btlfbutterfly77 on 02/21/08

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunscreen...For Your Lips?

It's a warm, sunny day.... You've slathered yourself from head to toe with SPF 45... you're ready for some fun in the sun...BUT WAIT! You forgot to protect your smile! Even in the winter months when you're outside enjoying the sunshine it is important to wear sunscreen! It may be cooler outdoors, but the sun's rays can still be damaging!
According to the CTCA ( Cancer Treatment Centers of America) sun damage (among other contributors) is the leading cause of Lip Cancer. People with repetitive exposure to the sun are more likely to exhibit symptoms that can potentially lead to lip cancer. For more valuable information about lip cancer and how to protect yourself from it, please check out .
So, on your way out to enjoy our beautiful weather here in the southwest, don't forget sunscreen for your smile! Several companies offer lip balms with SPF 15 or greater and you can never use too much!

Modified; Original post by DawnDA, June, 2009

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


It is common knowledge that soda pop and candy can do major damage to your teeth and gums. Actually, if you look into the archives of this blog, you’ll find an article pertaining to soda pop and it’s effects on your teeth… While there are hundreds of other types of food that are hard on your teeth, there are foods that are actually good for your teeth and help defend them against plaque and oral disease.

Read my ARTICLE in our newsletter then post your comments as far as other foods to watch out for or that are good for you.

Original post: April 30,2008 by Moobidoo

Monday, January 23, 2012

Savon Can Help When Your Dental Benefits Are Exhausted

That's right! For those of you who carry a dental HMO or PPO, you probably already know that you have an annual maximum of benefits every year. In most cases, if you're in good dental health, those benefits are sufficient enough to cover your routine cleanings, exams and the occasional fillings. But what happens if you need more dental work? The frustration of trying to schedule your treatment to coincide with the renewal of dental benefits can be exhausting an in a lot of cases a deterrent to patients scheduling extensive dental treatments.
Enter...Savon Dental Plan. Savon is an affordable discount dental plan that offers its members discounts up to 50% off their dental treatment. Memberships start as low as $49 a year! With benefits such as no waiting periods, no limitations, no exclusions and a steadily growing nationwide network of dentists, Savon can pick up where your dental benefits run out. Since there are no claim forms to be filed with Savon Dental Plan, your dental savings are immediate! If you would like more information on how Savon can SAVE for you, please visit our website at or call our Customer Care Team at 1-800-809-3494! We would be more than happy to assist you in any way.
Don't wait for a toothache, your smile savings are only one call to Savon away!!

Original post by Dawn_DA
February 2010

Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to Keep Your Pet's Teeth Healthy

Dental disease affects 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over age 3. Periodontal trouble in animals causes the same problems that it does in humans: from mild tartar and gingivitis to receding gums; significant inflammation and tooth loss.

Keep Your Crest In The Cabinet:
When you are ready to start brushing your pet's teeth do not use your toothpaste, this has to much fluoride in it, also this is toxic to animals. You can go to your local pet store and find tooth past that is right for your pet.

Open Sesame:
While holding your pet, put a little bit of the toothpaste on your finger, and let them taste it. Next gently put your finger in their mouth and rub the gum line. Once you and your pet have this down (may take a few weeks) try using a children's soft toothbrush.

It's All In The Wrist:
The most comfortable way to brush your pets teeth is have them on your lap (if they are small enough) and have their head face away from your body. Use your left hand to brush the right side of her mouth and vice versa. For large pets, have them face you while they sit and start brushing!

When All Else Fails:
Try tarter-control treats!


Dental Floss Magic!

There are so many uses for dental floss, other than the obvious one that it was created for. I have seen dental floss used to hang pictures, tie something down and I have even seen it used as an emergency guitar string. One thing I have never seen, is it used as a form of entertainment. I found this dental floss magic trick on YouTube. Check it out and see if you can do it. It is not as hard as it looks, but rather time consuming to set up. The magician's name is Dave J. Castle.

Just please remember to use your dental floss for it's intended purpose, regardless of what else you use it for.

Enjoy :

Original post by Music Man on 4/9/2009

Monday, January 9, 2012

8 Dental Problems You Can Fix Yourself

Here are a few ways to treat some dental problems from home, until you can visit your dentist.

Sensitive Teeth:
Cause~ Exposed nerve root.
Treatment~ Lay of whiting treatments, brush teeth a little softer than normal.

Lost Tooth:

Cause~ Sports.
treatment~ Rinse it with milk and push it back in right away, then bite down gently on a soft cloth or moistened tea bag to hold it in place. Then visit your dentist.

Burned Palate:

Cause~ Hot food.
Treatment~ Try using Kenalog in Orabase, an over-the-counter corticosteroid paste that creates a protective coating on the burn and speeds healing.

Burned Tongue:

Cause~ Hot drink or food.
Treatment~ Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water.

Jaw Sornes:

Cause~ Temporomandibular joint disorder.
Treatment~Try sleeping on your side or back with a supportive pillow, instead of facedown.

Canker Sore:

Cause~ Sugary foods/Citrus.
Treatment~ Apply vegetable oil to a cotton ball and hold it against the sore three or four times a day.

Lost Filling:
Cause~Popcorn, Peanuts, Carmel.
Treatment~You can use sugarless chewing gum (chew it first) or soft wax to caulk the hole and reduce the sensitivity until you can visit your dentist.

Gum Pain:

Cause~Gingivitis (gum disease), tobacco use.
Treatment~ You can ease the pain by swishing peppermint tea around your mouth.

To read more click here!

*This is not intended as medical advice. With any dental problems always see your dentist as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Healthy Eating Disorder ?

Since it is the new year and we all have our wieght loss resolutions firmly in place, I thought it would be interesting to re-post this blog written by a member of our staff a couple of years ago. It brings a new meaning to the healthy eating craze that has swept the country. Not to say that living healthy is a bad thing....but, well, read on!
One man's opinion.Only in America could they propose to have come up with a disorder for eating healthy. According to an article in the April 22, 2008 Arizona Republic's section E, page 1, upper right hand column Titled "Eat well? Must be a 'disorder'"; "Orthorexia supposedly is an emerging eating disorder marked by extreme devotion to healthful foods." "People suffering from the addiction....."
The word addiction is defined according to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary as follows;
1: the quality or state of being addicted
2: compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.
I'm not a linguist by trade, (and I don't play one on television either) but the last time I checked with my doctor eating healthy wasn't defined "as persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful". I may be wrong, but I think they are reaching here. In a country where obesity and diabetes is on the increase and the healthy eating habits of many Americans is on the decrease to in any way condemn healthy eating habits is a shame. This author is amazed at what 'they' keep coming up with.
Original post by Dr. C on 4/22/08