Great Advice To Help You Choose The Right Dentist

Now is the time to change your poor oral health habits and improve your dental care routine. It's up to you to care for you teeth and the following advice may just shock you. Continue reading and learn more.

Look around to find an affordable dentist. If you do not have insurance, you may be able to receive deeply discounted dental care from dentists-in-training. You shouldn't neglect your teeth. Aim to visit the dentist twice per year.

Take your time to research and find a dentist who will be a good fit for you. Check out online reviews and find a dentist who is well-liked and able to make patients feel comfortable. A good bedside manner will help you feel comfortable on your next visit.

You should schedule a dentist appointment every six months. Regular dentist visits can protect your teeth from many serious problems. At these visits your dentist will check for tooth decay and tartar buildup.

Go to your regular dentist, at least, twice a year, or as needed. Receiving regular care is the only way you can prevent problems from occurring. Going more often can also help you feel more comfortable with your dentist. This is important if you ever need dental surgery or another serious procedure.

Never use hard-bristled toothbrushes. A hard bristled toothbrush can actually cause your gums to recede, opening up root surfaces. Additionally, hard bristles can damage tooth enamel. All of this makes your teeth act more sensitive, so medium or soft toothbrushes are recommended.

Whitening strips and cleanings help to brighten your smile. Always follow the directions, and don't leave the whitening strips on longer than you're supposed to. Avoid using whitening strips often since it can damage the teeth.

Are your teeth very sensitive to extreme temperatures? Find a sensitive teeth toothpaste and make an appointment to see your dentist. You might have a cavity or an inflamed nerve causing your sensitivity. These problems resolve best if they are treated early.

Check with loved ones if you're in need of a good dentist. Referrals are often the way to find the best professionals. You can also ask others about any payment plans a dentist may offer. Your decision may hinge on this information.

You should get some flossing picks if floss is not a good option for you. Flossing picks are essentially dental floss on a stick. It's easy to keep a few in your pocket or purse to use as needed. Many people prefer flossing picks because they make it easier to stick with the regimen. This is great for kids who struggle with floss as well.

If you take good care of your mouth, you will not have bad breath. Sulfur compounds are what actually cause foul breath, so keeping your mouth squeaky clean will help to give you fresher breath. These come from bacteria that breaks down the food in the mouth over time.

Mouthwash is an important all on four part of your dental routine. This allows you to get all the areas in your mouth that your toothbrush isn't capable of reaching. Choose to rinse twice a day- once in the morning and once at night. Pick a non-alcohol mouthwash, as alcohol is drying to the mouth.

If your child gets a lot of cavities, talk with your dentist about getting sealants for their teeth. Sealants are clear and placed each tooth. It's permanent and can help those kids who get cavities constantly and have weak enamel. The sealant is applied by the dentist in his office and it is painless, so no sedation is necessary.

You should always wear a mouth guard when playing sports. You can purchase one over-the-counter or have one custom made. If your teeth are hit during a sport, they can be damaged greatly. A mouth guard will save you money on dental care in the future.

Rapid tooth decay can be caused by deficiencies in your diet. If you are vitamin deficient, your teeth can begin to fall apart. Take multivitamins and then see your doctor to see if they can find out what's going on with your health.

After reading the above material, what will you do now? You can make a difference in your dental care. Your next dentist visit can be a moment of pride! Know that there is always something new to know in the dental field.

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July 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Do you consider "neuromuscular dentistry" a bad word, but you're not exactly sure why? The truth of the matter is that neuromuscular principles, e.g. a comfortable bite, can Cosmetic Dentist Weehawken help you deliver longer-lasting results and contribute to happier, healthier patients. After all, who wants to live with headaches, bruxism, and chronic tooth wear?

The Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics understands that dentists are sometimes hesitant about all the neuromuscular bruhaha. At their upcoming conference "ACE Bite Camp," they'll dispel common myths about neuromuscular dentistry, explain the theories and principles, and most importantly, show how you can market TMD treatment to your patients in an easy-to-understand fashion.

Conference goals include:

Delivering a new set of clinical skills for the successful treatment of TMD

Teaching a whole-office approach to treating TMD patients

Providing successful methods for TMD case acceptance

Showing dentists how to market and explain TMD to new patients

ACE Bite Camp will take place August 19th & 20th at the SuperMedia Center in Dallas, TX.

Click here to register and for more information.

Tags: Clinical · Continuing Education · Events · Neuromuscular

March 9th, 2011 · Comments Off on It's a Social Media Revolution! Make the Connection at the ACE Conference on Social Media & Marketing in Dentistry

In order to market your practice effectively, you have to put your head in The Cloud and take the social leap. If you don't know what that means, then you need this:



Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics Tampa 2011 Conference on Social Media & Marketing for Dentistry

Slated for April 1st and 2nd, 2011, there are just a few weeks left to sign up. Can you afford to miss it? [Read more ->]

Tags: Administrative · Blog · Business of Dentistry · Conferendes & Meetings · Continuing Education · Marketing · Social Networking & Media · Uncategorized · Websites & Internet

January 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Managing a business isn't easy. Managing a thriving dental practice is downright difficult. With staffing, record keeping, marketing, and financials, it may seem like you spend the majority of your time running the office instead of caring for patients. It can leave even the most seasoned dentist overwhelmed at times and wondering why they don't at least cram a few business classes into dental school. But when it comes to success, practice management is as important as clinical skill and dentists are regularly turning to consultants for advice.

Enter Dr. Mayer Levitt, President and owner of Jodena Consulting, a firm that provides vital support and solutions to dental practices nationwide. Dr. Levitt spent nearly 30 years managing his now 12 chair dental practices before becoming a consultant, and during his last seven years in private practice, he balanced both consulting and practice management. Dr. Levitt knows the business of being a dentist and has worked with over 525 practices on everything from creating profitable hygiene departments, to practice transitions and helping doctors optimize their efficiency and effectiveness. [Read more ->]

Tags: Administrative · Blog · Business of Dentistry · Dental Websites · Managing Your Dental Team · Planning for the Future · Practice Management · Practice Transitions · Social Networking & Media · Uncategorized · Websites & Internet

November 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Are you one of the many dentists put off by Invisalign's case submission quota and continuing education rules last year? Good news. Align Technology, Inc, the maker of the popular clear braces system Invisalign, has removed the quota from its requirements.

You might remember when Dentalblogs.com blogged about the unpopular rule change back in June of 2009. Since then, many dentists have voiced their opposition, and the AGD gave its members the ability to share their concerns directly with the president of Align Technology, Inc. A total of 1500 phone calls were made, and let's just say they weren't congratulatory in nature. [Read more ->]

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October 29th, 2010 · No Comments

I don't know about you, but we can't get enough of Halloween! Adorable kids in their cute, scary, and sometimes downright hilarious costumes. It's a time for creativity and fun. What's even better is that charities across the country are finding new ways to involve their communities in brotherly love, even on holidays like Halloween, which, truthfully, is known more as a time of tricking than a time of giving. But the National Children's Oral Health Foundation is just one of the many wonderful and deserving organizations that are aiming to make change this Halloween season (pun intended)!

The National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) is dedicated to eliminating America's number one chronic childhood illness: pediatric dental disease. Millions of children nationwide suffer from pain so severe they have trouble just being kids. Eating, sleeping, and even learning become difficult, and many suffer lifelong health complications as a result of untreated pediatric dental disease. The NCOHF provides vital financial, product, and technical support to a network of not-for-profit programs and volunteer dental professionals who deliver critical oral health services to underserved children. [Read more ->]

Tags: Business of Dentistry · Community Events · Uncategorized · Volunteering Opportunities

October 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Computers should make our lives easier, but sometimes, they introduce a whole new set of complications. If you're a Mac user, you know this all too well. You love the machine itself, but have become frustrated trying to find software options that fit your needs. Enter DDSMac, LLC. This group of dentists formed a business to provide software products that are fast, intuitive, feature rich, and just for Mac users like you!

DDSMac, LLC was born when a group of dentists who had a common goal -to grow their practices using the best technology available -met on the Internet Dental Forum. For them, Mac was the clear choice. However, they soon found there were extremely limited choices in the dental software department. Something had to be done! Work immediately began on a practice management software program for use on the Mac platform. Now MaxDent Pro is officially on the market.

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Tags: Administrative · Business of Dentistry · Managing Your Dental Team · Paperless Office · Patient Privacy/HIPPA · Practice Management · Uncategorized

October 21st, 2010 · No Comments

The Halloween season is upon us. The aisles are filled with costumes. Kids are getting excited about Trick-or-Treating and the bucketfuls of candy they'll be hauling home. We all know that sugar is bad for teeth and warn parents and children alike against the dangers of tooth decay. But around this time of year, we might as well throw up our hands and give in. After all, if we can't beat them, join them! Right? YES!

If you haven't been a part of the Halloween Candy Buy Back, it's a great cause worth checking out. The Halloween Candy Buy Back enlists dentists across the United States to "buy back" all that extra Halloween candy that kids don't need and parents don't want. Dentists hold events to collect the candy in the days following Halloween and then donate it to Operation Gratitude as well as other military support groups. Operation Cosmetic dentist new York Gratitude uses the candy to fill holiday care packages that will be sent off in December to our troops

overseas. This year, Operation Gratitude is set to deliver 60,000 care packages to service men and women who aren't going to make it home for the Holidays. [Read more ->]

Tags: Business of Dentistry · Community Events · Uncategorized

October 20th, 2010 · No Comments

There's a new player in the field of athletic mouthguards, and by experience standards, they are no underdog! Triumphant Athletics Group, Inc. is introducing a new product line, AgilityGuard, based on the Chan-Optimized Bite(TM). I doubt that most of us have ever said the words "technologically advanced" and "mouthguard" in the same sentence, but the AgilityGuard is changing that as we speak.

Dr. Clayton Chan and Dr. Joseph Andary have partnered with Triumphant Athletics Group to introduce the AgilityGuard products developed for elite athletes and sports enthusiasts. Dr. Chan is the former director of Neuromuscular Dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute from 1999-2006, the founder of Occlusion Connections, and developer of the Chan-Optimized Bite(TM),  a precise jaw position based on neuromuscular science shown to enhance athletic performance. Dr. Joseph Andary is a Las Vegas Institute trained neuromuscular dentist with extensive experience in the Chan-Optimized Bite(TM) and assisting world-class and Olympic athletes with performance mouthguards. Together, they have helped design a mouthguard to optimize performance through the bio-physiology of neuromuscular posture. [Read more ->]

Tags: Prevention · Uncategorized

October 15th, 2010 · No Comments

TNT Dental offered a great big "Well done!" to Dr. Jeff Dalin this week, congratulating him on his recently published article "My Web site makeover". The story appeared in the September 2010 issue of Dental Economics magazine and has the dental community buzzing. Over the years, Dr. Jeffrey Dalin has published many great articles in DE magazine, but this particular piece struck a collective chord among dentists.

With much debate in dental circles on whether or not to Web 2.0, Dr. Dalin, a St. Louis dentist, said in his article that he strongly believed in walking the walk, not just talking the talk. And so, using his own website as a case study, Dr. Dalin dove right into a re-skin of his old, stagnant website, hiring TNT Dental to lead the SEO charge. He also gave the go ahead to optimize his new site into a mobile friendly format for display on smart phones, such as the iPhone, Blackberry, and Droid mobile devices.

Besides being more visually appealing, what is Dr. Dalin's goal with the new website? According to his article, it's to place higher in search engine rankings, drive new traffic to his site, generate leads that will become new patient conversions, as well as keep his existing patients consistently engaged. Dr. Dalin also plans a series of follow up articles to appear in DE magazine over the coming months chronicling his website's success. We're certainly eager to see the results!

View Dr. Dalin's new website, read his article about embracing dental search engine optimization, and then tell us what you think.

Tags: Administrative · Business of Dentistry · Dental Websites · Marketing · Patient Service · Practice Management · Uncategorized · Websites & Internet

October 13th, 2010 · No Comments

You have a full day scheduled and as soon as the phones are off of forward, the emergency calls start; a patient with a severe tooth ache who waited a week to see if it would "go away", another whose crown has broken loose, and a pediatric patient who knocked out a baby tooth when he fell rushing into kindergarten. Your team is doing their best to juggle the calls, calm and comfort your patients, and glean the right information in order to fit them all into a heavily booked day. However, between a hysterical mother, a busy executive inconvenienced by another office visit, a difficult patient in terrible pain, and the front offices' lack of clinical experience, the important facts needed to schedule and treat your emergency patients fall short. Each of these urgent appointments winds up incorrectly prioritized and placed into inappropriate time slots, which sets back the entire day frustrating you, your team, and your other patients.

Does this scenario sound like something that's happened at your practice? You're probably nodding your head, "Yes". Anyone who has handled a dental emergency call knows that patients are not consistent in describing their symptoms, their pain, and can often be uncooperative wondering why they are being peppered with questions when they are in such acute discomfort. Dentists listening to an emergency patient's symptoms chairside have the benefit of diagnostic tools, as well as years of clinical experience and education, to help determine the condition that's causing the problem. However, your front office team, who has limited, or no clinical training, relies on asking the emergency call a set of pre-selected questions to determine when they should be scheduled into the day. No matter how well you have trained your team, it's just not an accurate system. [Read more ->]

Tags: Administrative · Business of Dentistry · Managing Your Dental Team · Patient Service · Practice Management

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Dental Sedation Responsible For At Least 31 Child Deaths Over 15 Years

One of children's greatest fears cosmetic dentist Elizabeth has long been the dentist. But maybe it's the parents who should be afraid.

Dental sedation, or the practice of using drugs to relax or knock out a patient prior to a procedure, may be far more dangerous than people realize, accounting for at least 31 child deaths over the past 15 years, according to The Daily Mail) reports. Since 2007, 18,000 dentists across the country have taken weekend-long courses in oral sedation to gain training in techniques that can cost patients tens of thousands of dollars extra in bills per year, but some say the hotel-conference style seminars give a false sense of security.

"This is something that is being presented to the practitioners, the dental community, as a very easy thing to do," Dr. Robert Kaminski, a dental anesthesiologist from suburban Detroit, told ABC News. "Nothing could be further from the truth."

But the dangers of anesthesia aren't limited to the field of dentistry alone. A 2011 paper published by the German Medical Association found that deaths related to anesthesia are on the rise, with one in 20 dying within a year of being treated with general anesthesia worldwide, TIME reports.

Still, the extra cash that comes from dental sedation may cause some dentists to overlook the risk. A dentist with DOCS Education, a company offering training in dental sedation, wrote that the practice can put "as much as half a million extra in your pocket at retirement." Its website even features a shopping cart.

Parents too may underestimate the dangers of oral sedation. The parents of Raven Maria Blanco, for example, warn others not to assume a dentist "knows what he's doing." They started a foundation in their daughter's name to raise awareness of oral sedative use in pediatric dentistry after she died from a dose "three times the average range" for her age, 8 at the time.

Other examples of dentists improperly using anesthesia include New Jersey dentist Patrick Bamgboye was under investigation earlier this year after the death of two children under his care, including a 3-year-old. Meanwhile, Dr. Stephen Stein of Denver was found to have reused anesthesia syringes on patients several days in a row, The Denver Post reports.

An Introduction to Pediatric Dentistry

While there are some similarities between adult and pediatric dental care, there are also some significant differences between them as well. The field of dentistry that is focused especially on children, ranging from infants to adolescents is known as pediatric dentistry.

Pediatric dentistry in Chicago differ from regular dentistry because children are continuing to grow they are not fully developed. Adults, on the other hand, are fully developed. Normally, the first tooth in a child will show up when they around eight months of age. When they are around two to three years of age, they should be taken for their first dentist appointment.

Furthermore, sucking is a habit that puts the oral health of children at risk. However, it does not affect adults, as they no longer maintain that habit.

In addition to this, an important part of pediatric dentistry is the nutritional advice that children are given by their dentist. Children will eat a lot of sweets, resulting in tooth decay and cavities. This makes the rule of children going to a dentist twice a year even more important. Besides this, pediatric dentists will also advise children on how to properly floss and brush their teeth.

A quite common occurrence is that many children, after their first dentist visit, are reluctant to go back. This is due to a frightening first impression they got. This may result in irrational fear and make the child hesitant to go for another dentist visit. A regular dentist's office is not made to suit a child, and it will look like a scary place to the child.



Among the general set of pediatric dentistry procedures offered in Chicago are oral examinations. An essential part of an oral exam is checking whether the mother or baby is vulnerable to dental caries.Furthermore, they will receive counseling on habits that affect oral hygiene, such as thumb sucking and use of a pacifier.

Pediatric dentists also offer preventive dentistry, including cleaning, fluoride treatment, and advice on proper nutrients for http://www.smileusa.com/full-mouth-reconstruction/ a good oral health. Apart from this, the pediatric dentist should also ensure that the child's bite develops properly and teeth grow in proper alignment. Pediatric dentistry offices in Chicago deal will oral injuries like fractures and missing teeth as well.

One of the main things that you should ensure is that your child's first dentist experience is an enjoyable one. This is what will determine whether your child will agree or be afraid of another dentist visit. A pediatric dentist should normally have bright colors, toys, cartoon characters, and dental equipment that are camouflaged to make their office more child-friendly.

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