Posts for: May, 2013
Night guards are a great prescription for night-time grinding, jaw pain and sleep issues such as snoring. A mold is made of your teeth so the lab can make a custom night guard. Patients choose this option to help with relieving pain, to alleviate snoring or sleep apnea, and prevention of breaking teeth and gum recession. Ask your dentist if this is good option for you.
Many patients ask us about their insurance and why their insurance only pays up to a certain amount per year. Insurance companies insure your teeth differently than your body. Dental insurance limits how much they will pay on a yearly basis. For example, your dental insurance may pay up to $1000 per year towards your dental needs. This would include your twice a year checkups and a percentage of any other dental procedures. Dental insurance also has limitations on what they will pay even though they may state they cover a procedure. We recommend you learn about your policy and what they will cover.
Your mouth can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy. For example, some women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this. (Courtesy of the American Dental Association)
Yes! Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifelong healthy smile, but did you know that just because babies don’t have any visible teeth, doesn’t mean they can’t get cavities? A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth. And those baby teeth that begin coming through the gums around 6 months help set the stage for future smiles by keeping space in the jaw for adult teeth.
(Courtesy of the American Dental Association)
Most patients ask us about their dental health and equate pain with problems. Many times dental problems may fester without pain. Conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay are not painful. If pain occurs, then typically there is a more serious problem that could be costly. Keeping your teeth flossed, brushed and regular exams will help prevent pain.