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Is a Sensitive Tooth a Dental Emergency?

January 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 8:36 pm
woman tooth sensitivity

One day at lunch, you take a drink of cold water and feel sharp tooth sensitivity that wasn’t there before. You should know you’re not alone. It is estimated that one in eight adults has at least one sensitive tooth. While you’re dealing with this discomfort, many questions can come to mind. Could something be wrong? Is it serious? Do you need to see an emergency dentist? What should you do in this situation? In this post, we’ll answer these questions, helping you learn more about tooth sensitivity and what you can do to preserve your healthy smile.

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Dental Insurance Benefits Just Renewed! It’s a Great Time To See a Dentist

January 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 5:44 pm
Computer screen that reads, Dental Benefits

Most dental insurance plans begin on January 1st, which is when the annual maximum (the amount of money insurance will pay for your dental work) “re-sets.” This amount is typically between $750 and $1,500 per person, but anything that isn’t used by December 31st is simply lost. And while it may seem like you have plenty of time in the year to schedule your dental work, but you would be surprised at how many people put it off until it’s too late. In fact, that accounts for billions of dollars that are lost each year in unused dental insurance benefits! This year, you can take advantage of your insurance and improve your oral health affordably, but it’s important to schedule early on. Keep reading to get an idea of what your insurance covers and which procedures you may want to schedule. With this information, you’ll keep your smile (and your wallet) a lot happier in 2020! 

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Holiday Survival Guide for Your Smile: 3 Tips for Avoiding Emergencies

December 11, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 4:17 pm
Smiling seniors during the holidays

You probably haven’t included a trip to the emergency dentist in your holiday plans, but if you skip out on your oral hygiene routine once too often or overindulge on seasonal sweets, you could end up with cavities and cracked teeth during what’s supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to keep your teeth safe even during the hustle and bustle of the season. Follow these 3 simple steps to keep your smile intact and avoid a holiday dental emergency.

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How Gum Disease Can Impact Your Oral Health, Especially if You’re Diabetic

November 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 5:51 pm
a woman having her teeth checked at the dentist’s office

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and although this common disease negatively impacts a person’s overall health, it can also be problematic for one’s teeth and gums. The mouth and body are closely interconnected, which means, when a person has difficulty managing their blood sugar levels, their chances of developing periodontal disease increase significantly. Read on to find out exactly how gum disease impacts an individual’s oral health, especially a diabetic.

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Use Your 2019 Dental Insurance Before It Expires!

October 14, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 6:39 pm
dental insurance and medical tools

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, almost 250 million Americans have some form of dental benefits. Are you among that number? If so, are you using your benefits to the full? Habits like using your dental insurance only for emergencies or just visiting the dentist once a year put both your oral health and your money at risk. Let’s talk about why you should use your benefits to the full and how you can do so.

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Can You Get a Dental Implant Right After a Tooth Extraction?

September 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 6:56 pm
woman holding model of dental implant

You haven’t been brushing and flossing as much as you should, and now you’re paying the price. You have decay in one tooth that has gotten so bad that your dentist says you have to get it pulled. Fortunately, you can get it replaced with a dental implant. Is it possible to get the implant put in right after your tooth gets taken out? Well, that depends. Let’s take a closer look at what the dental implant placement process entails.

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Why You Should Soak Your Dentures

September 4, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 7:43 pm
hand holding soaking dentures

In a perfect world, everyone would maintain their natural teeth for their entire life. However, the world isn’t perfect, and sometimes teeth fall out or need to be extracted. Fortunately, modern dentistry has come a long way in crafting dentures that look and feel like natural teeth. It’s still important to take good care of them, though. One way to do that is by placing them in a glass of water or denture cleaner. Let’s talk a little bit more about the importance of soaking dentures.

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4 Non-Cosmetic Benefits of Invisalign and How It Can Improve Your Health

August 14, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 6:27 pm

The gaps in your teeth are causing problems with your oral health. Not only are they unpleasant to look at, but you’re continuing to experience difficulty with food getting stuck between them. If you are afraid the only way you can remedy the problem is with traditional metal braces, you’ll be pleased to know there is an alternative solution. Take a look at these 4 benefits of Invisalign to find out how you can put your oral health back on track.

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White Spots on Your Teeth? Find Out What They Are and If You Should be Concerned

August 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 5:28 pm
a woman pointing to her teeth

Are you seeing spots? When most people are asked this question, it’s usually by an optometrist who is evaluating a person’s sight. However, when asked by a dental professional, they’re most likely referring to spots on your teeth. White spots occur as a result of minerals in the tooth enamel. This top dental layer needs to stay strong, so it can be a protective barrier should tooth decay, staining, or damage affect your teeth. Read on to find out why these tiny spots can occur and what you can do to prevent them.

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Tips for a Speedy Tooth Extraction Recovery

July 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnson @ 1:28 pm
person with an ice pack on their mouth

Do you have an appointment to get a damaged or impacted tooth removed? There’s no need to worry, with the right advice, you can make your healing time a breeze. Whether you’re getting your wisdom teeth removed or a severely decayed tooth, this procedure can help reduce your risk of infection and save your oral health. If you’re well-prepared to take care of yourself, you’ll have less to worry about after your procedure and will be able to relax. So, save yourself the hassle of a long healing time and follow these tips for a fast tooth extraction recovery.  

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