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I’d like to take this time to acknowledge a WONDERFUL Dental office that I just visited for some serious work. I do not leave reviews often- only for the exceptionally Great experiences and the exceptionally Poor one. Well this one was definitely a Great experience, and NO I do not work for the Dental practice, I promise! To start with at my OLD dentist, I was diagnosed with 5 fillings that needed to be redone. After he filled the first two I noticed extreme to severe pain and aching on that side of my face. Well, he then said I needed a root canal and a crown which he had his newly trained receptionist leave a message with the quote of what it would be to have this work done…...OMG……I wanted to cry, as I did not have this kind of money, but I was in pain. So I looked up dental care online and came up with Rocksprings dental on the top of the list of whatever the search input was in google. I called them and first spoke with Brittney, whom was such a sweet and well informed front desk dental assistant. She made me feel right away that this dentist office was worth going to for a pricing check. I was told they would do free x-rays and let me know what their price would be after words. When I arrived at the office, I must say it was very clean, and had a plate of donuts for the patients which was in good taste. I was brought in by the dentist Dr. Jamie Toop to my room and wow was this place big and well designed. Dr. Toop was as nice as they come, as she sat me down in a dental chair for x-rays and handed me off to her assistant Paris for x-rays. She was just such a sweetheart and good at her job- very professional and thorough. As you can tell there is a theme going on here, SWEET and NICE, I felt very well taken care of. It was confirmed by the dentist that I did in fact needed to get the root canal and crown, so Brittney was brought in to go over pricing with me. It ended costing me over $850 less to do the procedure here, which was unbelievable!!! I asked when could we get started, and they set aside time that day, as they knew of the pain I was in. I was all for it. Everything went great of course as far as there being no pain, and the fact they were actually able to make a Crown for me after the root canal was real lucky on my part, as you sometimes have to wait for that part to be special ordered. I was there for a long part of the day as all of this procedure took place, as calm as could be. After everything was done I curiously asked when/if they could do the two other fillings, as they would obviously be cheaper to do here, and I was already here. So we just did everything yesterday, and believe me when I say the office was quite busy, so once again I felt quite lucky to get it all done in one shot. Today I called to ask if I could come in and get some little area of one of my teeth adjusted a bit (hard to tell when you are numb if there are any little problems), no problem, I came in and they spent all the time needed to make my tooth/teeth feel great! That was a big test for me/them, as I always wonder how a business will treat you after they have your money. The dentist and her assistant Desiree were so very nice, it was just amazing. I am from Los Angeles, so I am used to having a very large choice of doctors, but with that comes many good ones and many poor ones. This dentist office blows away the best of them that I went to in Los Angeles, and I am sure if everyone in Vegas went here just once it would no doubt be voted the best in Vegas. I have a very special eye for talent and for good customer service, call it a lucky gift. Dr. Toop and staff, thank you so much for making my pain go away. I was really concerned until you all did the great work to take away my pain. Keep up the GREAT work.Sincerely,Kenny P.
In Las Vegas, NV, you can make no better choice for your denture work than Affordable Dentures, under the care of the amazing Dr. Cher Y. Chang, DMD, and her capable and friendly staff. My wife and I know this for a fact, because Dr. Chang absolutely "saved the day" for us!My wife has always had a wonderful, beautiful smile that delights all who know her. When she decided that it was time to have dentures made, she went to one of the largest and best-known dental clinics in Las Vegas. Without reporting too many agonizing details, that clinic made a mess of her denture work and left her a few days away from a very important international journey without a smile and with nothing but discomfort and inconvenience. After reading many positive reviews about Dr. Chang, we decided to go to Affordable Dentures to see if anything could be done to save the situation. Frankly, Affordable Dentures was our last hope.When we arrived at the office, we were met by a friendly receptionist who immediately called someone over to listen to my wife's needs and discuss possibilities. After only a few minutes, a woman came hurrying out from the back hallway and started asking questions. It was Dr. Chang, who had overheard my wife's concerns, and who immediately took her completely under wing. She promptly led my wife away to an examining room. She then assured us that she could help and asked us to come back a bit later to work out the details. When we came back, we learned that Dr. Chang and the other dentists who work with her had been discussing my wife's case, while at lunch. They all took an interest in finding ways to correct the serious mistakes that had been made by the other clinic. They were all sympathetic and positive that Affordable Dentures could restore my wife's smile in time for our trip.Less than 48 hours later, Dr. Chang presented my wife with a perfect set of dentures that not only made her look completely and naturally herself but that fit unexpectedly well.As I write, it is months later. My wife's perfect smile has been admired by many, many people in several countries. She has had no trouble whatsoever with the fit. We are absolutely amazed that Dr. Chang was able to transform a near disaster into a big win for us in such a short time. She is beyond just professional. She has demonstrated a passion for customer care that surpasses all expectations. She, and her clinic, have our highest recommendation.Bottom line: If you need denture work, just go there! You won't just get dentures; you'll get a beautiful smile!
After taking my son to a dentist office, that claimed they were a pediatric dental office , I left feeling very disappointed. Come to find out he wasn t a pediatric dentist at all. One day I was explaining to my friend how upset I was that all the dentist did for my son was count his teeth. She told me that she had a great dentist and referred me to Centennial Children s Dentistry to see Dr. G. That was over 5 years ago. I now have another son and he goes here as well. We are huge fans of Dr. G!!!! My older son now 6 loves going to the dentist but my second child who just turned 3 has a little fear. The entire staff from day 1 has gone out of their way to make going to the dentist a fun experience. First when you walk into the office, it is decorated with calming colors and decor. Coming from an interior designer, I notice that kind of stuff. The decor is warm and welcoming throughout the entire place. There are fun pictures of animals and statues of giraffes and those are just a few of the things my kids love. Not to mention the video games the are set up for the kids to play in the waiting room. This I believe is huge because it helps take the kids mind off of waiting and helps take their mind off of things if they have any anxiety about going to the dentist. . The office is set up to feel open and bright. You don t feel confined to a dark scary room.As for the staff, you can t get better than what they have!!! The moment you walk into the office, the receptionist greet you with smile, and the kindness continues with all the dental assistants. Like I said I have been going there for over 5 years and I haven t come across one person I didn t love. Then as for Dr. G, he is amazing. He is patient, kind, gentle, and makes you feel important every time you are with him. He answers all your concerns whether large or small. I have even called him with some concerns and he got back to me immediately. The best part about that was he called, not a secretary, or an assistant, but him!!!Finally, being a military family it always nice to find someone you can trust. I was referred from a military family and now I hope to do the same for another fellow family. My husband and I just received orders to another state and we just had our last visit with Dr. G and his staff. We are so sad to be leaving but I know that everyone I have referred to him will be in great hands. As you can see, I can t say enough great things about this place and the doctor. If you are looking from a great pediatric dentist look no longer!!! This place is amazing!!!
From the time I was a child, I was always very uncomfortable with smiling because of my crooked, fang-like teeth. One by one, each of my classmates had braces put on. One by one, their smiles became straighter and more radiant. With that, came improved confidence in the way they would carry themselves. I, on the other hand, grew to dislike what I saw in the mirror.As an adult, I really wanted to feel beautiful or at least stand a little taller. So, my quest to find an orthodontist began. This process was not easy. One by one, the consultations I would receive from “potential” orthodontists always left me feeling inadequate. One particular orthodontist even went as far as saying that I should’ve done this A LONG TIME AGO! Even the payments were outrageous, especially for my family of seven. My dream of having a beautiful smile seemed to be further and further out of reach until one faithful day…I met Dr. Chelian at Aloha Orthodontics.The entire staff greeted my husband and I with a warm smile and welcomed us into the consultation room. I was still a bit apprehensive considering my prior experience at other orthodontists’ offices. Dr. Chelian and Shelley, his office manager put my fears to rest as they walked me through the process of what my treatment would look like for me. To top it all off, Shelley had created a payment plan that was so comfortable I could really see my dream come to fruition! I was so overcome with emotion, I simply wept. We started my treatment plan soon after along with my eldest son.Since then, my daughter has been under the care of Dr. Chelian and my eldest son and I have had our braces removed! My son beamed as he saw his teeth! It was wonderful to see how proud he was. As for myself, the moment my braces were removed I couldn’t believe it! I was in a state of shock! I was whisked away to take after photos and it finally set in. As we began this journey, I cried and as I ended this journey, I cried. My dream of having straight teeth had finally come true!Dr. Chelian and his entire staff have truly given my family and I EXCEPTIONAL care. Dr. Chelian’s expertise gave me more than a beautiful, straight smile. He gave me the confidence that I always knew I had and the inspiration to keep going after my goals and dreams.Thank you, Aloha Orthodontics!
I've been going to Four Seasons for quite some time now and am really happy with Dr. Wright and Debby. They quite possibly saved my life. I had to have an emergency root canal on bridgework in throes of an immune system crash a second time after dental work, the first being the onset after seeking HT on the suggestion of a prior dentist's staff member It was seven months later that Debby Wright gently talked me out of that then -7-month-old root canal, even though she and her husband had suffered through enormous reviews and online character assaults. It was difficult to ignore, but I chose to listen and put my trust in their expertise Sometimes Debby had tears in her eyes when she talked to me. I’m sure she had to lift her eyes to God to continue to give me the advice she knew I needed so badly. I had to remove a very recent $2000 root canal for a denture, another $2000 procedure. It was at then I finally began to heal with the help of a RD I had found in St. George, Utah. I had elected to do LEAP diet for autoimmune disease which was not enough. I had to get rid of yet one last dental procedure, the second root canal done to repair the bridge after a night of intolerable pain. The RD had educated me on histamine intolerance. Slowly the dots came together. I learned all about HIT. I couldn't even eat spinach. Tomato soup at that time would leave me in the throes of intractabe pain. I traced the root causes of the disesae to various things going back 15 years when I lived in Denver, Colorado, home of many a military installation and, lastly, my neighbor, Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant that built plutonium triggers. Jim Wright and Debby Wright are professionals who understand the impact of autoimmune conditions in their patients. Our doctors fail to treat root causes and wait for the diseases to progress silently as they progress and then address. I guess you could say I was elected to be one of those subjects. Hashimoto's is a red flag for severe conditions to come. Some people think Parkinson's is the result of mismanaged Hashimoto's. I am in that camp. Dr. Wright and Debby are experienced with AI illness and reach out to patients who suffer due to mercury exposure. Chemical Exposure has proven to be a key component in AI disease time and time again.
I had several teeth extracted here all at once. It was quick and painless. I was very pleased that doctor Saxe took lots of time to explain everything and he even advised me on the correct partial I need, not to wear down my bones.I asked him to make sure the ligaments were all out in order to prevent any cavitation (not to be confused with cavities), I was very grateful he listened to my request and showed me all the extracted teeth with the ligaments still attached.He even took my blood pressure before starting, which was strange to me. I pointed out I never had my blood pressure taken at a dentist before and he said that it means they're not very good at what they do...which made me laugh.The real star here was Lisa. I was extremely upset at my mom (who was not present) for not concerning herself with my well-being throughout my life and therefore letting me lose a total of 8 teeth. I was crying my heart out for having to lose 3 at once (one being visible).Lisa closed the door, provided me with tissues, quietly listened and gave me all the extra time I needed to calm myself. It took me quite a long time to be able to do that, but she made it happen in private.I believe she even held my hand while he was extracting which was extraordinary.What I was very impressed with was that when it was all over not only did Lisa accompany me out the back door but she also quietly waited there as my ride picked me up.She made sure I safely got in the car and I just didn't believe my eyes when I turned around and there she was...waving at me (!!!) all the way until I was out of sight, it made me feel like she was an angel looking after me. Wow!!! I was so very touched by that gesture because I had never experienced that kind of attention and level of service in my life by any medical assistant or even most people, really. I was truly impressed! Highly recommended! Office staff was really great, helpful and kind, too. :-)
I have been very sick for many years, going from specialist to specialist. When I woke up yesterday I realized my teeth have been hurting all these years, so I made a decision, my back molar is causing me great sickness (fatigue,long term low grade fever, headaches, a long list of things) I called at 8:30 am, i was seen at 3:00 same day. Everyone was very very nice, The dentist Dr. Atwood is a straight shooter, no BS, no Overselling, no trying to pad his wallet...just straight no fluffs business! I said pull my tooth, 1 hour 15 minutes later sure enough he was pulling away st it. I was scared it would hurt!!! The shots DID NOT HURT AT ALL!! I did not even feel them to be honest. When he was pulling my tooth, he was patient and BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT DID NOT EVEN HURT AT ALL!!!!!!! Swear! I was shocked, I just kept pulling my head to keep it straight and....whammmmoo, it was out. That was it out the door...I got a panoramic xray (i thought oh my goodness this is going to be so expensive!!) $100 to pull it and $60 for the xray and consult!!!!! SWEAR!!! I do not have insurance and anytime I have my teeth cleaned it is more than that!!! I was so impressed when I walked out, I was just floored at the complete ease of the appointment, easy papaer work, very inexpensive services, and TOP QUALITY STAFF!! The Dr. is just straight o business, I overheard a conversation the Dr. was having and he was indicating to NOT do expensive long term costly dental work that would have pocketed him a HEFTY paycheck, he was saying to go the simplest and most cost effective...I ALMOST FELL OVER!!! A dentist not trying to squeeze every last dime...but offering reasonable low cost smart decisions!! I was FLOORED!!!!!!! Just a great experience!!!! And I got a tooth pulled...who would have thunk?? HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend him, this was my very first time going to him...and it WILL NOT be the last!!!!
Serving as a dentist in Las Vegas for more than 20 years, Dr. Bruce E. Crowley has catered to hundreds of patients. His practice is a family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry all in one. Aided by his friendly staff, this dentist in Las Vegas has exceeded the expectations of patients since day one. These patients have readily recommended him as the best family dentist in Las Vegas. Dr. Crowley’s practice has provided consistent service with a gentle and caring neighborhood atmosphere that customers appreciate. While maintaining their tradition of customer service, this Las Vegas dentist never fails to move forward and stay on top of the latest restorative and cosmetic dentistry methods and systems.Crowley Dental has recently taken another step forward by creating an online presence. While traditional marketing and word-of-mouth advertising has always been reliable for Dr. Crowley, a new website will increase the Las Vegas dentist’s visibility and enable him to make the patient’s experience hassle-free. On the website, a list of Dr. Crowley’s dental services can be found as well as valuable contact information such as directions and emergency telephone numbers. There is even a contact box to submit patient queries and to schedule appointments.Most people turn to the internet for research, and so an online presence is very important for any individual or business entity. Dr. Crowley hopes to be able to serve clients better with their new website. While this is a big step for the Las Vegas dentist, customers can be assured that the services that have made Dr. Crowley a reliable dentist will not change. They will remain to be a state-of-the- art cosmetic and family dentistry in Las Vegas with a gentle and caring neighborhood atmosphere for years to come.
Dr. G is the best pediatric dentist in town. The office is truly KID FRIENDLY! When you walk in the door you know you are in a positive environment. The atmosphere is peaceful and fun. The office is decorated in a Safari theme. What kid doesn't love animals? The only television shows that play are kid shows, you never have to worry about anything inappropriate coming across the screen. There are children's books, video games and educational toys as well. Oh, and no problem parents- there is reading material for you also. I have four children ages ranging from 8-15 years old they have been seen for regular cleanings, filings, extractions and a spacer. Dr. G. knows how to relate to each child on their level. He is patient, compassionate, and super caring. He treats each patient with respect and kindness. Dr G.'s professionalism is unparalleled. Each visit exceeds my expectation. The kicker is even the staff members are polite and kind. How often have you seen that happen?. They have EXCELLENT customer service skills and treat each person that walks through the door with respect. That tells you alot about the leadership that Dr. G. possess. He values each patient. Anyone that comes here will tell you that he absolutely loves what he does. This not about getting money out of your pockets but providing the best dental care for your child. As a military family, we move alot and have come across many dentist. It is hard to find a great dentist but I am thankful to say our family has finally found a place that works best for us. I cannot thank Dr. Gostanian and his staff enough!
OK -- here are just a few amazing things about this dental practice:1. They don't hurt. Seriously, I'm not joking. When I was a kid I have so many bad memories of my dentist totally ripping my gums to shreds and it hurting like crazy. Dr. Reynolds gave me a shot to numb everything up and I actually didn't even know that he had given me the shot!!! Also, my kids are TOTALLY at ease going to him. He is the most gentle dentist I have ever experienced.2. Years ago Dr. Reynolds told me I had a small cavity. So I was like, "OK, how much does it cost to fill?" And he told me, nah, its small. Just be vigilant in brushing and flossing and it might never need to be addressed. And guess what? Every time I go back he checks on it and it hasn't ever bothered me or gotten worse. Seriously what dentist does that? Every other dentist I've ever been to wants to go crazy on my teeth because it makes them money. But I get the feeling Dr. Reynolds honestly just cares about my teeth and doing the right thing.3. I never have to wait more than a few minutes in the waiting room. Say WHAT!?? Yes, Dr. Reynolds actually cares about your time and tries hard to be on time.4. They use the latest technology -- they can do root-canals in-house and same-day (saving you TONS of time and money), and use a brand-spanking-new laser.I'd recommend this dental practice to ANYBODY.
The human mouth is a complex biological system, and no two individuals have the same oral care needs. Here are some of the more common dentists people seek out to improve their oral health:
These dentists generally serve as the primary provider of dental care. If you need your teeth cleaned, crowns and bridges placed or any number of cosmetic procedures, book an appointment with a general dentist. Though not as common, these dentists will also provide more specialized services, including some forms of oral surgery - chief among them root canals and restorative care - fitting patients with a mouthguard and counseling people on how to stop smoking and what constitutes proper nutrition.
To become an endodontist means undergoing an additional two years of training beyond dental school. As a result, these specialized dentists perform more specific procedures beyond general teeth cleaning and repair work. While a dentist may perform a handful of root canal treatments in a week, an endodontist may end up working on 20 or more in the same timespan. Your average endodontist also repairs teeth damaged by trauma and performs endodontic retreatments, which is repeat root canal procedure. Their added training also means that the endodontist is much more adept at utilizing complex dental equipment - especially ultrasonic instruments or microscopes. Most of that equipment is used to improve the health of teeth that are affected by disease and even congenital deformities.
Proper oral care starts when you're young, and that's why pediatric dentists are so important. These dentists treat people under the age of 13, though there are exceptions based on a child's unique dental background. Pediatric dentists face unique challenges, because they must treat newly teething babies and children losing their primary teeth.
Though cleanings are an integral part of their job, pediatric dentists are mostly concerned with planning ahead. That means working to ensure the child has straight teeth and correcting an improper bite. However, they also help address more child-specific conditions of thumb sucking and an over-reliance on pacifiers. As a result, pediatric dentists usually require an additional two-year residency working with infants and children.
Pathology refers to the study of disease, specifically as it presents in tissue. Oral pathologists, then, are responsible for studying the diseases that affect the tissue of the mouth and other surrounding muscle groups. These experts are considered to be true specialists, having focused their work on very niche areas of both dentistry and pathology. Though oral pathology is rather specialized, it's a vital component of the oral health industry. By analyzing tissue taken from biopsies, oral pathologists can help diagnose and eventually treat a number of oral diseases, including leukoplakia, cementoma and squamous cell carcinoma, among others.
Similar to the endodontist, periodontists receive several additional years of training beyond dental school. However, whereas endodontists study advanced treatments, periodontists generally have a very specific field of interest. Your average periodontist focuses less on cleanings and more on diagnosing and treating gingivitis, periodontitis, which is an untreated form of the aforementioned ailment, and other periodontal diseases. Periodontists treat patients with more complicated oral care backgrounds, those people who require root planing - where dentists clean any infected surfaces - and root debridement, or the removal of dead tissue. Periodontists are especially concerned with proper gum health, including painful recession and teeth alignment.
Most of the aforementioned dentists are concerned with the health and well-being of a patient's teeth. While that is important to cosmetic dentists, they specialize in a number of different treatments meant to enhance the look or aesthetic of your teeth. To begin the average appointment, cosmetic dentists will examine your teeth for any imperfections or irregularities, and then suggest ways to make your teeth more white or properly aligned. The most popular such treatments are bleaching - where special chemicals are used to whiten your teeth - placing veneers or caps to alter the appearance of teeth, and bonding, where dentists fill unappealing gaps with structural replacement material.
Orthodontists are responsible for treating most dental irregularities, which includes everything from misaligned jaws - like an under or overbite - to overcrowding teeth and even certain cosmetic issues. Following dental school, the would-be orthodontist then has another three years of schooling, most of which is clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. To properly diagnose and treat most dentofacial issues, the orthodontist relies on a collection of corrective gear. That includes braces, retainers and various facemask configurations. Though orthodontists work with people of all ages, the bulk of patients are young children and teens.
Similar to the field of orthodontics, the average prosthodontist receives an additional three years of training following dental school. And though prosthodontics is something of a cosmetic field like orthodontics, it's primarily concerned with replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists have a number of teeth-replacing procedures to implement, including filling veneers, onlays and inlays, bridges, crowns and complete or partial dentures. Beyond their work in implant dentistry, these experts treat a number of other mouth-related ailments, namely snoring, post-cancer jaw reconstruction, traumatic injuries and pain related to lock jaw and other temporomandibular joint disorders.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Similar to endodontists, these specialists - one of nine such unique fields recognized by the American Dental Association - utilize machinery to treat and diagnose patients. Specifically, these dentists make use of radiographic imaging to treat those diseases and ailments that impact the teeth, mouth and the maxillofacial region, which consists of the face and jaw. While X-rays are a popular option, OMRs also rely on plain and computed tomography, MRIs, ultrasounds and other forms of digital imaging. OMRs are among the first adaptors of new technology, using innovations in the field of imaging to find increasingly effective ways at understanding the impact of oral disease and what that means to patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Your primary dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience facial pain, or if he or she suspects you have some variety of oral cancer. OMSs are also your primary source when planning most oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, cyst repairs and removals, and dental implants. However, an OMS can also treat a number of other ailments and diseases related to the maxillofacial region. For instance, malformations in your facial bones can cause sleep apnea, and an OMS can perform corrective surgery that removes or shapes bone. Many of these experts are also involved with more cosmetic procedures, performing or assisting with facial implants and rhinoplasty, in which the nose bone is modified.
Dental Public Health Clinics
These clinics are available in most cities across the U.S., and they're meant to offer affordable health care to many low-income families and individuals. Though it differs depending on the specific clinic, the average clinic offers only the most essential oral care services, including X-rays, teeth cleaning, basic root canals and repairs, and tooth extractions. The fees an individual pays depend on a number of different factors, and most clinics have a sliding-fee that is determined equally by income and family size.
There are several different kinds of dentists, each one with his or her own specialty. However, there are a core group of ailments all dentists treat. Conditions include:
Tooth Decay: When your teeth fall out or begin to disintegrate in your mouth, improper brushing is often to blame. Certain infections also cause tooth loss or decay. One of the most affective ways to prevent tooth decay is with regular brushing and flossing right at home.
Bad Breath: As your teeth fall out or you don't brush properly, your gums and teeth begin to break down and cause foul odors. Other causes of bad breath include gum disease and oral infections. As with tooth decay, brushing and flossing are vital, as is regular tongue scraping and the use of mouthwash.
Teeth Sensitivity: Some people are born with teeth that are naturally sensitive to cold. A lack of brushing can also comprise your teeth's natural protection. The best method to help protect otherwise sensitive teeth is to use specialized toothpaste geared toward people with worn or damaged teeth.
Dry Mouth: Certain medications will cause your salivary glands to stop producing spit. This in turn can harm the structure of your teeth and gums. There are several at-home measures you can take to combat dry mouth. These include regular hydration, chewing sugar-free gum, which also hydrates your mouth, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol in it, which dries out your entire mouth.
Teeth Grinding: For many people, grinding their teeth - also known as bruxism - is a subconscious behavior, usually the result of stress. It can eventually damage your teeth. The only way to treat your grinding habit is to meet with an endodontist, who will fit you with with a bite plate to mitigate the damage to your teeth.
Mouth Sores: Also called canker sores, these painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. As a result, your primary physician will have to examine the bump, find its root cause and then help develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.
Discoloration: Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Proper brushing can usually prevent discolored teeth before they happen. However, if your teeth become worse, many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
Proper oral care begins at home. The following are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They just may reduce your time spent in your dentist's chair.
Remember Your Angles
When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle. That way, you're able to hit every surface of each tooth.
Don't Forget the Tongue
Within your mouth, your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Be sure to brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
Brushing alone isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy, and that's why flossing is so important. Each time you floss, be sure to have at least 18 inches of floss available, which is what you should go through if you use proper technique. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Watch What You Eat
Sugar, alcohol and coffee all contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
Keep in Mind the Mouthwash
Though not a requirement, mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains. However, don't overuse mouthwash, as it can cause a number of ailments.
Proper oral care is an integral component of your greater well-being, which highlights why having the right dentist is of the utmost importance. Consider the following as you make an effort to find a dentist who will fit your unique medical history:
Find a Recommendation
It's important to use a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Because that's difficult to achieve by simply choosing names out of a phone book, you should always seek out a recommendation. Whether it's a friend, family member or co-worker, this individual can offer intimate details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care. Be sure to always ask plenty of questions.
Vet Your Dentist
Once you get a recommendation from a friend, don't simply book your first cleaning right away. Instead, meet with any prospective dentists to conduct a series of pretreatment interview. During this session, you can ask them about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments. Just be aware that booking this time can be difficult based on a dentist's schedule.
Consider Accessibility and Other Factors
Perhaps you've met a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Not only that, but this dentist's payment options are suitable for your finances. However, don't be so quick to make a final decision, as other factors may influence your choice. Is the dentist's office nearby, or do you have to drive out of your way? Is the office open at a time that will fit the rest of your schedule? How much flexibility will the dentist's staff offer in booking appointments? Though seemingly trivial, these factors are nonetheless important.
Check With Your State Board
One of the last things you should do before coming to a decision is to check with your state's dental board. Dentists must abide by different rules and regulations depending on where they practice, and the state board can outline what requirements your candidate must meet. These organizations can also offer information about any discrepancies in the dentist's background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
As with other forms of health care, insurance is a great way to both reduce associated costs and ensure you and your dependents receive the best care possible. However, you don't want to simply buy the first such plan you see. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for dental insurance:
Pick Your Plan
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dental insurance plan. Instead, most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers. An indemnity or fee-for-service plan is just as it sounds and means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket. A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles. Similarly, a dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
Examine the Networks
As noted, PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs compared to other insurance plans or payment options, it also means you don't have quite as much say in the dentist who can treat you. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if you know who is in the network. Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. Do research on each doctor - just as you would when picking a dentist otherwise. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
Consider Your Coverage
Sometimes, it's not just the doctor that you want to consider. For many people, even the plans with the best doctors are deemed a bad choice. The reason? The coverage is less-than-stellar. When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. Knowing just what you'll be responsible for is important, as you don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges. Depending on your employer, a human resources specialist can walk you through specific coverage options.
Make Your Plan Work for You
It's a sad fact that the dentist you want most might not be covered by the plan you've purchased. However, that doesn't mean that you have to look for dental services elsewhere. If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.