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Fluoride and Sealants: Cavity Prevention for All Ages [Infographic]

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog, Dental Tips | 0 comments

 

Cavity prevention isn't child's play!You may think you’ve outgrown the tendency to get cavities, but according to the CDC, 91% of people over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their adult lives. Of course, there are many preventive steps you can take to avoid cavities, including daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Today, we’ll consider two other effective options for cavity prevention: Sealants and fluoride treatments.

Sealants provide a protective barrier on the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Fluoride treatments strengthen enamel and can help prevent cavities from forming. Both cavity prevention treatments are acceptable for children and adults. Here are some fascinating statistics about these two cavity-fighting superheroes:

Learn how fluoride and sealants can aid in cavity prevention for kids and adults.

 

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You can prevent cavities at any age by scheduling regular hygiene appointments. Schedule your next appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Say “Hello” to These 5 Healthy Habits for the New Year

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Blog, Dental Tips | 0 comments

 

Consider these 5 healthy habits for the new year

We’re at that time of the year again where we wrap up 2016 and look forward to 2017, which means it’s time to think of your New Year’s resolutions. Have you developed your list? Everyone at our dental office wants you to live a healthy life, so we’ve gathered our top five healthy habits for the New Year – feel free to add them to your list!

1) Exercise at Least 3 Times a Week

Exercising is a common New Year’s resolution and for good reason! Exercising has short and long term benefits. It improves your mood, reduces stress, and feels worthwhile! It prevents health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and much more.

To make exercising a habit, it’s important to stick with a routine for three weeks. Your workouts should include cardio and lifting weights. These types of workouts are excellent to develop muscle and lose fat. No matter what your goals are, exercising is something you should include in your weekly routine. You’ll feel so much better about yourself!

Mix up your workouts with cardio and lifting weights

 

Tip: Mix it up! Don’t limit yourself to just the gym! You can take a 20-minute brisk walk around your neighborhood or go on YouTube and follow top trainers to participate in their workout videos. This will spice up your workouts and prevent you from plateauing.

2) Eat Healthier

It’s easy to say “only eat healthy foods,” but how do you know the foods you pick are the right foods to eat? Along with getting your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, here are some tips to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients:

  • Avoid sugar.
  • Eat good fats (Omega-3s, etc.).
  • Eat a healthy breakfast with lots of protein.
  • Are you a coffee drinker? Instead of sugar and milk, try coconut oil.
  • Avoid trans fats.

To get more details on what foods to avoid, check out this ARTICLE.

3) Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is the time for your body and brain to rest and reset. Getting about 7-8 hours of sleep per night is important. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it will lead to health problems down the road, such as obesity, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, and much more! Additionally, it slows down your daily performance.

To be consistent with your sleep, develop a sleep ritual before turning in for the night. Read a book or listen to music right before going to bed. Keeping the same routine every night before bed can help promote a better night’s sleep.

4) Have a Technology Detox

From laptops to smartphones to tablets, life is consumed by technology. It’s hard to get away from it. While we understand society can’t get away from technology 100%, we do recommend try to dedicate about an hour of your day free from technology (before you go to bed!).

Unplug from technology before bed for a better night's sleep

 

If you obsess over technology before you go to bed, studies have shown your quality of sleep will decline. In the long run, it could decline your quality of life. Learn to unplug, and you’ll see a huge difference with your health.

5) Practice Good Dental Care

Being dental experts, we must talk about taking care of your oral health. Not only is it important to visit the dentist every six months for a check-up, it’s equally as important to practice your at-home care consistently (brushing and flossing!).

Excellent dental care keeps your teeth AND your overall health in tip top shape. That’s right. Your oral health directly affects your overall health. Studies have shown dental diseases (such as gum disease) can increase your chances of serious ailments, such as heart disease, diabetes, and much more. So, before you skip flossing or brushing, think of your body’s health.

Give your dental team a call to schedule your next dental checkup – your body will thank you.

Let us know what your New Year’s resolutions are for 2017. Share your comments below!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. 

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What to Expect During Your Dental Appointment [Infographic]

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

If it's been a while since your last dental appointment, there's no need to stress.

Has it been a while since your last dental appointment? If so, you’re not alone! According to the CDC, only 64% of adults have had a dental visit within the past year. However, a dental checkup and cleaning can have vast benefits for your oral health as well as your overall health. Additionally, times have changed: Many dentists now cater specifically to those who have been avoiding dental care due to fear.

If you’ve been avoiding a dental appointment for a while, now’s the time to book a visit. Choose an office that will put you at ease and make you feel welcome. There’s no need to fear, even if it’s been a year (or several years) since your last appointment. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect during your first dental appointment:

Has it been a while since your last dental appointment? This infographic explains what to expect.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Benefit From Your Dental Insurance Benefits: Use Them, Don’t Lose Them!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Dental | 1 comment

Benefit From Your Dental Insurance Benefits: Use Them, Don’t Lose Them!

Use your dental insurance benefits before you lose them!

Dental insurance benefits can be difficult to navigate. Co-pays, deductibles, limits… you might wonder, “What does it all mean? How can I maximize my benefits? Am I missing out on coverage?” 

Did you know most dental insurance benefits don’t roll over from year to year? If you don’t use them, you could lose them! Don’t throw your money away by missing out on valuable dental care before the end of 2016.

4 time-sensitive dental insurance reminders

You’ve already paid for these benefits; make sure you use them! Here are four important reminders:

1. An ounce of prevention: Keep your dental health on track! Preventative appointments, including exams and cleanings, are typically fully covered by insurance.

Have you visited your dentist twice this year for your cleanings yet? If not, call now to get on the schedule before the end of the year. It’s important to book your and your family members’ cleanings now before schedules fill up.

Remember: You’ve PAID for these benefits. Don’t throw them away!

2. Check your deductible: The money you’ve already spent toward your deductible will reset to zero on January 1st. Call your insurance provider to determine what you’ve spent so far this year toward your deductible and also to find out if any treatments you’re considering are covered.

If you’ve met or are close to meeting your deductible for this year, you may be able to save money by completing a treatment in 2016 instead of 2017.

3. Flex spending funds: Do you have a healthcare flexible spending account? If so, you’ll lose any unused funds in it at the end of the year (or grace period, depending on the plan). Remember, flex spending funds can be used for your dental care.

4. Don’t pay for procrastination. Delaying or avoiding simple treatments now could potentially be more expensive later. Prevent costly and serious treatments by making use of your dental insurance NOW before 2016 ends.

Don't let your dental insurance dollars go to waste.

Act now before you lose out

The clock is ticking! 2017 will be here before we know it. For assistance making the best use of your dental insurance benefits, take the following steps:

  • Call your insurance provider and familiarize yourself with 1) the benefits you’ve already used, 2) what’s covered, and 3) if any benefits will be reduced next year.
  • If you haven’t had your two dental exams and cleanings yet this year, call your dentist as soon as possible and schedule appointments for you and your family members before the end of the year.
  • If you’re considering any dental treatments that may be covered partially or in full by insurance, talk to your dentist’s treatment coordinator about the best way to complete the treatment AND maximize your benefits for the year.

Remember, you’ve already paid for your dental insurance benefits; use them, don’t lose them!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

How to Leave Your Favorite Dentist a Google+ Review

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

How to Leave Your Favorite Dentist a Google+ Review

Learn how to leave your favorite dentist a great review using Google+

Picture this: You just had the most amazing dental visit! The service was excellent, the staff was friendly, the dentist was incredibly talented, and the list goes on and on. You’re definitely feeling the love, and while you highly recommend your dentist to others in conversation, have you ever considered leaving your dentist a Google+ review?

Google+ reviews help other like-minded people in your area make well-informed decisions about local businesses and the products and services they offer.

Download this guide to easily leave a Google+ review

Leaving a Google+ review is quite simple, and to make it even easier, we’ve prepared a handy sheet to walk you through the basic steps. Click on the image below or download it here to get started now.

A super simple tool to use that aids people in writing Google reviews for your business.

What should you include in your Google+ review?

There are three main things that make a Google review meaningful. Including these details helps show Google that we take customer service seriously and truly want to be the best at what we do.

  1. People: Name staff members who really stood out to you during your visit.
  2. Location: Include your geographical location or community’s name.
  3. Information: Share specific services you underwent.

Writing tips

  • Be informative and insightful: Don’t be afraid to be specific and relevant; describe what other visitors are likely to experience. Highlight what makes the dentist or office so unique. From Invisalign to fillings to five-star service, reviews should exhibit the unique expertise the practice offers.
  • Be real: Authenticity is key. Review your experience, and describe why you loved or disliked your visit. Endeavor to be as accurate as possible, and incorporate both positive and negative (if there were any) aspects of your visit.
  • Be respectful: Not every experience is going to be perfect. Sometimes you’ll want to share negative feedback. Even if you’re frustrated, please ensure your analysis is constructive, as we often use your comments to help improve our services.
  • Write with style: Keep your reviews readable and avoid excessive capitalization or punctuation. Use good grammar, check your spelling, and choose the right length – about a paragraph is great.

What does a great review look like?

Sample Patient Testimonial using a Google Review

Conclusion

One of the fundamental reasons why people write reviews is because they have a desire to help others. They consider the information they would want to see when weighing an important choice and share it so others can make an educated decision.

So help us help others, by posting your Google+ review today!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

How Would I Look With Braces?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Dental, Orthodontics | 0 comments

 

Take a selfie, then use the Brace Yourself app to preview yourself with braces.

Have you ever wondered what you would look like with braces? Are your kids nervous about going to the orthodontist because they can’t envision their new smiles? Sometimes being worried about how we’ll look in braces can hold us back from taking that first step.

Well, never fear, there truly is “an app for that!” Whether you’re considering braces for your child or for yourself, your journey can start with the Brace Yourself® app. Use the app to easily try out different options before actually committing to orthodontics.

Get a Realistic Preview

With Brace Yourself, you can preview your smile with braces using your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. It features up to 30 different sets of braces, so you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. This app can even be used for photographs with multiple people in it, just add more braces to the photos and see how each of you will look!

The Brace Yourself app can help you make important choices regarding your orthodontic needs, and it’s perfect for all ages. The photos it creates are realistic-looking and, due to its built-in sharing features, you can easily share the images on any or all of your social accounts!

Give it a Try!

The Brace Yourself app is easy to use! Follow these simple steps to begin exploring how you’d look with braces. Switch them out as many times as you like, and when you find one that works for you, save the image! Lunch time at school can be a lot more fun for your child and his/her friends as they preview their new smiles!

1. Download the Brace Yourself app on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Brace Yourself app shown on iPhone.

Download the Brace Yourself app and choose the style of your braces.

2. After starting up the app, select from the two options: Take a picture of yourself or upload an image.

Take a selfie and upload it to the Brace Yourself App to see how you will look with Braces!

But first… Let me take a selfie (don’t forget to show your teeth)!

3. Use the app to add braces, select a color, and adjust the size of the braces to fit your teeth.

Play with your many options for braces right in the Brace Yourself app to find the right fit for you!

Style your braces to just how you want them.

picture-self-with-braces-brace-yourself-app

4. When you have it just right, save your image and share it with your friends, family, and even your orthodontist!

Are You Ready for the Real Thing?

Both patients and doctors are using and enjoying Brace Yourself, a fun and innovative app. Use this tool to share your pictures with your friends and family – and remember, you may be sharing the key that helps someone take the first step to a healthier and more beautiful smile!

What do you think of the Brace Yourself app? Has it helped you in making a decision to get braces? Comment below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission. Sourcehttps://www.roadsidedentalmarketing.com/blog/dental-articles/

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