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2311 Harry Wurzbach Rd Ste BSan Antonio, TX 78209
Dr. Yarbrough and his staff are very professional, punctual, and friendly. The entire staff including the doctor made me feel very comfortable. The dental rooms have a nice view of the atrium, so while getting work done you can watch the birds eat and play in the water fountains. The atmosphere …
7272 Wurzbach RdSan Antonio, TX 78240
From Business: Welcome to our practice website. We congratulate you on taking the first step toward better periodontal health. Please utilize this website as a resource. It will help you better understand your course of treatment and answer any questions related to periodontal therapy. Dr. Hosseini is a specialist in periodontics and imp…
6756 Poss RdSan Antonio, TX 78238
The fact that your team was able to get my 7 year old excited about returning to your facility says a lot! She is now being cautious about her food choices, making sure to brush and floss at least twice a day, and even refused some candy that was offered to her because she didn't want any cavit…
11901 Toepperwein Rd Ste 1104San Antonio, TX 78233
Dr. Livingston, This letter is both a recommendation and thank you to you for the patience, courtesy and knowledge that you have shown to me. I know that you would exhibit the same to anyone seeking dental services there at your office. You are a tribute to the field of dentistry. I sincerely ho…
3355 Cherry Ridge StSan Antonio, TX 78230
From Business: San Antonio Cosmetic Dentist is based out of San Antonio, Texas, and specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, family dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Both adult and pediatric dental care services are provided. San Antonio Cosmetic Dentist extends its dental services to the northwest side neighborhood. The dent…
3355 Cherry Ridge StSan Antonio, TX 78230
From Business: ur goal is to maximize your insurance benefits and make any remaining balance easily affordable. If you have any questions regarding your insurance benefits, please don't hesitate to call our office at (210) 341-2569 to review your concerns. Our fees are based on the quality of the materials we use and our experience in pe…
14603 Huebner Rd Ste 3501San Antonio, TX 78230
From Business: Our doctors treat each patient as an individual and work one-on-one with you to create a personalized treatment plan to fit your specific needs and desires. We look forward to changing your smile so you can change the world.
3829 Lockhill Selma RdSan Antonio, TX 78230
Had my exam and cleaning there last week and they made me comfortable the entire time. The person at the front was really nice and gave me a tour and even made my coffee for me. Dr. Crouch and Kelly were really good and they even showed me real pictures of my teeth instead of old xrays. I wil…
6212 De Zavala RdSan Antonio, TX 78249
All I can say is ""Thank you Dr. Potter!!"" Dr. Potter and his staff are great. I was having a terrible toothache and they were able to get me in the same day. They also offered to get all my insurance information so they could handle all the insurance details. Couldn't have been easier for …
15321 San Pedro AveSan Antonio, TX 78232
From Business: Vera Stewart, DDS, welcomes you to the Family Dentistry Home Page. Our goal is to provide you with the most current information available concerning your oral health and the preservation of your most important asset--your smile. We are currently accepting new patients of all ages and would love to see your smile.
9910 W Loop 1604 N Ste 122San Antonio, TX 78254
This office is awesome! After having a bad experience with another practice, we switched to dr. Ochoa. My daughter who was scared to death at the other practice now begs to go and reminds me to make her appointment! Plus the use some of the latest techniques that make the recovery time much sho…
1939 NE Loop 410San Antonio, TX 78217
From Business: At Furst Choice Family Denistry we strive to make our patients feel like a part of our family. You will find a friendly staff ready to assist you. Dr. William Furst also looks forwrd to discussing your dental needs including cosmetic dentistry. Payment: VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, DISCOVER, CARECREDIT
5970 Babcock RdSan Antonio, TX 78240
I have had a fear of dentist since birth. Ran out of a dental room when I was 21. Then I found a dentist in Helotes, who has since retired, which I would drive in from Austin to see. Dr. Galvan was recommended to me by Marion Sue Goodman so I made an appointment. Dr. Galvan and all the staff wer…
803 Castroville Rd Ste 148San Antonio, TX 78237
My daughter has been going to Dr Steinhauer for years and is very happy with him (she is 6yrs old) and my youngest ( he's 2 1/2) has been going to him since he was a baby. They take them back by themselves as a policy so that the children are more confident and do not feel that they have to play…
Learn about wisdom teeth removal costs, as well as wisdom teeth in general, to help you make the best decisions for your finances and oral health.
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I cannot say enough GREAT things about this dental office. Let me explain, so I had a few hours off from work one day (very rare) and I walked into the dental office right next door first (Castle Dental). Okay, so when I walked into castle, there were 4 people at the counter and not even ONE of them greeted me. I told them that my tooth was broken and they rudely handed me a clipboard. When I gave the info back they said it would be about 45 minutes and they would not be able to fix the tooth and clean my teeth in the same day. So, I told them I’d be right back - BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!!! I walked outside and like a guiding light saw 'Smiles R Us'. So, I thought, what the heck, and I went in. OMGosh, the staff greeted me and were SO NICE that I felt at home immediately. In fact, I was back in a room having x-rays done within 5 minutes!!! Can you believe it? Walked in off the street and within 5 minutes I was already being treated! Wow. So, then Dr. Irma Cantu came in and she was one of the NICEST people I have ever met in my life. I'm not kidding! She was extremely Professional and explained everything to me! (see I wasn't used to that - I've been seeing dentists for 30+ years and NEVER have they spent more than a minute with me before firing up the drill and then I would have to ask the other dentist, step by step 'What are you doing now' because they never told me anything!). However, this is NOT the experience that Dr. Cantu came me. To make a long story short, I got a root canal that day. My broken tooth had an abscess on it and she took care of it right away. AND I explained about how difficult it is to get out of work and the Staff were so understanding and NICE that they took the time to do a deep root scaling and cleaning. ALL IN THE SAME DAY! Um, the other dental place with the rude people (Castle/Monarch Dental) could care less about me or my pain. But see, they CARE! They really do. I could not stop telling them how much I appreciated their kindness and how much I immediately felt right at home (before visiting Smiles R Us, I had Never felt this way at a dentist office). Dr. Irma Cantu is Amazing (not to mention she has BEAUTIFUL teeth! lol). Anyway, today I went for a polishing of my teeth and to put in my crown. Completely PainLESS!!! Oh, and I can't forget the most important fact that is making me write this review - The day I got my root canal done - the next day when I woke up I was expecting horrible pain because my LAST dentist used to do root canals on me and I always felt like a jack hammer had been on my jaw bone. ANYWAY, the next day after the root canal (by Dr. Irma Cantu), THERE WAS ZERO PAIN. I mean NO PAIN!!! I am recommending her to ALL of my Friends and Family! My husband has already been there and is getting his upper partial. He hates dentists, but he Loved Dr. Cantu also!!! Rock On, Dr. Irma - YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! Signed, a customer for life! Sharon Reynolds, San Antonio, TX
Hands down the absolute best experience I have had at any office and it all starts at the front desk as soon as you walk in! Each person takes so much pride in their job and realizes the impact they have on every person they come into contact with. I have been searching for years for a dentist to help correct a poor genetic smile. I was even turned away from each of those offices for being too difficult a case. When I walked into their office on that first day, I was prepared to get rejected again. The team at the front desk already made me feel like a million bucks! They assured me that if anyone can help me, Dr. Moore is the guy who can get it done. Finally offering some encouragement! (Side note, Dr. Moore is the father of famed electronic music artist 'Skrillex' and that alone should be reason to visit) They always refer to me by name and compliment a haircut, new shirt, or even a watch. The technicians that work with me are funny, kind, and professional. After meeting Dr. Moore he assured me he could have me in walking around with the smile I have dreamed of in as little as 12 months, I teared up and already felt more confident! He ordered my invisalign and scheduled my first procedure for the next week. I am only 25% through the process and I am ALREADY able to smile with confidence! I cannot tell you how much this practice has actually changed my life. I can actually say that I would call the people in the practice my friends! From someone has visited many offices and can tell you that your homework should stop here. I have been to places that woo you with champagne, food, and flamboyant environments that make you feel like you are in a resort. In the end, the fizzy drinks and ambient lighting did little to mask their subpar work and service. If you choose Dr Moores team, you wont be disappointed, you will have your MIND BLOWN!
AMAZING EXPERIENCE! HAVING MOVED TO SAN ANTONIO A FEW MONTHS AGO WAS NOT AN EASY TRANSITION, BUT FINDING A PEDIATRICIAN AND DENTIST FOR MY BOYS WAS WHAT WORRIED ME THE MOST. WE FOUND OUT ABOUT PRACTICAL APPROACH PEDIATRICS AND PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AND I ASSURE YOU IT WAS BY FAR THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER. MY BOYS ENJOYED THEIR VISITS WITH BOTH THE DOCTORS AND EVEN TOLD OUR RELATIVES ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE AT THE CLINIC. I ADMIRED THE FACT THAT THE DOCTORS AND STAFF EXPLAINED TO MY BOYS WHAT PROCEDURES/TREATMENTS THEY WERE GOING TO PERFORM ON THEM (ONE EXAMPLE: VITALS - MY BOYS WERE GETTING READY TO CRY WHEN IT WAS EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT THE CUFF WAS JUST GOING TO CHECK THEIR MUSCLES…I KNOW THAT IS NOT TRUE BUT TO A 4 YEAR OLD CHILD THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE). NOW I DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MY BOYS BEING AFRAID OF GOING FOR ANOTHER VISIT. **DR. (MR) ADETONA- IF IT WERE UP TO MY BOYS THEY WOULD GO VISIT YOU EVERYDAY FOR MINOR BUMPS AND BRUISES THAT THEY GET. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SURE THAT MY BOYS STAY HEALTHY. **DR. (MRS) ADETONA- MY BOYS LOVE YOUR HUGS WHEN THEY SEE YOU. THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING TO THEM (AND MYSELF) THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL HYGIENE, THEY REMIND ME TO MAKE SURE TO BRUSH THEIR TEETH PROPERLY. **STAFF- I HAVE NEVER MET SUCH FRIENDLY, CONSIDERATE AND CARING INDIVIDUALS. THANK YOU FOR HELPING CARE FOR MY BOYS AND KEEPING ONE OCCUPIED WHILE THE OTHER IS GETTING THEIR VACCINES OR BLOOD DRAWN. **I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER EXPERIENCE AND SUCH LOVING AND CARING INDIVIDUALS AS EACH ONE OF YOU.**
I am phobic about dentists and while I will never say I enjoyed going to a dentist I can say that after trying various dentists over 47 years of my life none has been as fantastic as Dr. Pham. I am in SA for a few weeks visiting family and broke a tooth. Knowing that the root would have to be removed I tried putting it off until I got home. Didn't work. Massive infection and pain. Made an appointment (in tears) with Dr. Pham's office. They saw me promptly, were very gentle and caring, did not embarrass me or condescend to me, although I realize how difficult a ptsd patient can be. X-Rays and an exam for $50 (a special running at this time) which is pretty much unheard of. Extraction, nitrous oxide, local anesthetic and prescription for $231. (Please note that these prices were based on my dental nee.ds at the time and I have NO idea what any other patient's cost would be) Plus, since I was paying cash was given an additional 15% discount. From paperwork to payment Dr. Pham's office was caring, professional, patient and helpful. I will be coming up to SA for all my dental treatment from now on. Luckily I only live in Corpus Christi and believe me 120+ miles is NOTHING when Dr. Pham will be taking care of me. ALSO - keeping it all in the family, the Pham Family Pharmacy (say that 3 times fast) is less than a block away and my prescription was filled in less than 10 minutes. All in all, the PHAM family made my day a thousand times better.
I have had the pleasure of coming to this dental office for over 3 years now and I have nothing but great things to say about both Dr. McCabe and Dr. Lanese as well as the staff. When I come in the office or I call they know me and call me by name! They make me feel like family. I was one of those people that hates going to the dentist and was really nervous at my first visit. Never did they make me feel embarrased or ashamed. They were compassionate, gave me a dental plan and have helped me accomplish a lot of the dental work I have needed over the past three years. Recently I was having some severe pain and when I told Rhonda the specialist they referred me to couldn't get me in for a couple of weeks she said "let me see what I can do." Within a few minutes she had called me back letting me know that Dr. Lanese would fit me right in. Dr McCabe and Dr. Lanese work together to take care of their patients. I feel like at times that Rhonda is my voice and has my back. She lets me know that she cares and I know she is doing what it takes to keep the patients happy and pain free. They will be my dental office for many years to come!! I would recommend them to anyone!! Also...if you're nervous about seeing the dentist, don't be with Dr. McCabe and Dr. Lanese! They always make sure your visits are pain free!!
I, woke up with all the left side of my face swollen on labor day weekend and had so much pain in my gums that I knew I had to see a dentist a.s.a.p. I called one of my friends to ask her what dentist she went to see, when she had a tooth extracted and she highly recommended Irma Cantu- Thompson for any dental need. I was so glad they were able to scheduled my appt right away. When I arrived and checked in at the window the staff was so welcoming and that it made me feel like I picked the right Dental Office to take care of my needs. The Dr Irma Cantu-Thompson greeted me and made me feel like I was taken care of 100% she told me that my wisdom tooth needed to be extracted and that I also had an infection and that she would call in medication for me. The Dr extracted my tooth by the time I checked out of the office and went to pick up my medication the pharmacy had it ready for me I did not even have to wait for it because the staff at the dentist office called it in while the dr was extracting my tooth. I felt so much better it was instant relief and swelling and pain was gone. I am so glad my friend recommended Dr Thompson to me and I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a great & professional dentist. They really do welcome you with a big SMILE !. Thank you SMILES R US
When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew that picking a pediatrician was going to be a very important decision for my husband and me. We selected Dr Adetona and his team at Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric dentistry after a formal interview and receiving a strong recommendation from friends. I trusted that we were putting the health of our child in very capable and caring hands from day one. What we have received in terms of care and relationship from this practice has exceeded every expectation-- including many I never knew I could or should have in a health care provider. We receive honest, ethical, and gentle service from every member of the team every time we enter the practice. They take the time and care necessary to help my daughter and us feel comfortable, to answer all of our questions, and anticipate our needs. We are so grateful to have one place for checkups, dental, and urgent care-- and feel so safe knowing that we can get this level of care from a reliable, friendly place when we need it most. My husband and I highly recommend this practice to you and feel confident that your children will receive the best medical care there is to offer.
I have to totally disagree with the previous review. I have been going to this dental office for the past few years and have received nothing but the very best care. Dr. Del Rio and Dr. Potter are great dentists. They ARE very caring and gentle. I have had molars capped that we decided to try capping first, as opposed to a root canal right off the bat - sometimes the cap solves the problem and other times a root canal is ultimately needed. The staff will tell you all your options up front so you can decide based on your personal choice and budget. Every person heals differently and there can be lots of reasons why your tooth has a problem even after dental treatment - due to underlying medical conditions, smoking, prescription drugs, etc. This office uses state-of-the-art equipment and makes my crowns in 12 minutes! Awesome! No need for a temp. crown or multiple visits. I love everyone there from the front office to the hygienists to the techs! Big 5 stars!!!
Thank you for the outstanding care you and staff continuously and consistently provide me at Alliance Dental Center. I had no idea my mouth was in such bad condition prior to coming to Alliance Dental Center. Dr. Trevino expertly examined each tooth and told me what I needed to have done to get my teeth and gums healthy again. Recently, you completed work in the last of 4 quadrants of my mouth. Thanks to you my teeth are now cavity free and my gums health again. Dr. Trevino greatly exceeded all of my expectations. I was very concerned about pain management during dental procedures. (Smile) not only did I not experience trauma like I had in other offices, I actually fell asleep during each procedure. I am truly blessed to have discovered Alliance Dental Center, you and your staff are the best of the best. I will definitely recommend Alliance Dental Center to others. Thank you Dr. Trevino!!! Respectfully, Your sleeping patient, Darrell Taylor
Great Dental Office!! The office is clean and friendly. The staff in the back are FABULOUS!! They were wonderful with my son who had so much fear about sitting in the dental chair. The office manager was visible and customer oriented. I recommended the facility on Bandera Rd to my grown son for my granddaughter and to my aunts. There is hardly any wait time which is awesome. The only problem I had was the girl that makes the future appointments, she was unfriendly and acted like I was really putting her out. She said -"it will be a while for me to be with you, just have a seat" as she smacked her gum. She never bothered to look up and acknowledge me. I just left with out making a future appointment. It's a shame the office goes to great lengths to promote outstanding customer service, then there is gotta be one bad apple in the bunch. I will still bring my children here. I will just make all future appointments on the phone.
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.