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Unique Ways to Get a Brighter Smile

January 19, 2012

The New Year is a time when healthy patterns emerge. It is out with the old and in with the new. If getting a brighter smile is on your New Years Resolution list then we have some creative ideas to help you reach your goal. Think Positive Sure it may sound a little hokey but …

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Keep Teeth Healthy over the Holidays

December 19, 2011

The Christmas holiday celebrations tend to bring excess food into our lives, especially traditional desserts, candy and other goodies. Keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright through the holiday season with these simple tips. Keep Daily Dental Routines Along with excess, the Christmas season brings chaos when it comes to regular schedules and routines. …

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Dealing with Dental Anxiety

December 19, 2011

Going to the dentist is an essential part of a comprehensive dental care plan. Avoiding regular dental exams and teeth cleanings can lead to a number of serious complications when it comes to taking care of your smile. However, just considering going to the dentist results in overwhelming fear for a variety of people. If …

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Interpreting Tooth Pain

December 15, 2010

Symptom #1: Momentary hot or cold sensitivity to foods or drinks. Possible Problem: May not be a problem. You may have experienced some minimal gum recession exposing sensitive portions of your teeth. Or you may be clenching your teeth while you sleep and the following day the teeth are more sensitive. There could also be …

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Teeth Whitening

December 14, 2010

Whitening is a bleaching process that gently lightens stained or discolored teeth. Whitening uses a safe and effective gel designed to produce oxygen when in contact with the surface of the teeth. The outer layer of each tooth, called the enamel, contains pores that can hold stains. The whitening process virtually erases stains and brightens …

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Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO)

December 13, 2010
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In Preferred Provider Organization programs you must choose from a specific group of dentists who have agreed to provide minimal dental care for the contracted cost. Participating dentists have agreed to discount their fees so they can be a part of the program, and must often limit treatment options. Treatment choices are usually limited to …

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Indemnity or UCR Dental Insurance

December 13, 2010

Indemnity or UCR plans are the most common insurance programs. The initials UCR stands for Usual, Customary and Reasonable. In these programs you may find a dentist of your choice and the dentist is paid on a traditional “fee for service” basis. Monthly premiums are paid to the insurance company by employers. Indemnity plans often …

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Capitation or HMO Dental Plans

December 13, 2010

Capitation plans are another form of managed care. They are also called a Dental Health Maintenance Organization or HMO. Participating dentists are paid a set amount for each person enrolled in the plan, rather than for actual treatment provided and whether they visit the dentist or not. Unfortunately, this type of plan encourages a “significant …

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Home Dental Care Tips

December 13, 2010

Regular home dental cleaning and hygiene are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids …

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Direct Reimbursement Dental Insurance

December 10, 2010

In Direct Reimbursement programs, your employer reimburses you directly for part or all your dental treatment. Usually all types of treatment are covered and you can see any dentist you choose. In addition, you are free to choose the quality of care with which you are most comfortable. The American Dental Association views this as …

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