Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Does Your Pet Need a Dentist?

Did you know there are veterinary specialists who provide dental care to pets? They offer many of the same services humans can have, such as crown and bridge restorations, braces, oral surgery, x-rays and gum therapy. In fact, in most any veterinarian's office, you will find brochures discussing the close relationship of a clean mouth to a pet's physical health.

This means that, like his owner, Fido builds tartar on his teeth and, if he doesn't eat the right foods, brush daily,or see his veterinarian regularly, he may develop bad breath or bleeding gums when he eats and/or brushes.

If the infectious bacteria travels from Fido's mouth, via his bloodsteam, to major organs of his body, other health problems may develop.

Sound familiar?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Frequent Flyer” Dental Patients Earn Rewards

Some people have an unabated fear of flying in airplanes. Willingly, they avoid long-distance travel, or opt for train or car travel. This plan works well until a personal emergency or last-minute business trip occurs.

Some people have an unabated fear of seeing the dentist. Willingly, they avoid dental check-ups and feel they are brushing well enough. This plan works until a dull annoyance becomes a piercing tooth ache while on a last minute business trip. Murphy’s Law strikes again.

Emergency calls to the dentist are most frequently made by patients who come in only “when it really hurts”. Conversely, “regular” patients have fewer emergencies and their symptoms are less severe and more easily treatable. because the dentist is familiar with the patient’s dental and health histories.

Regular dental visits offer the advantages of continued health and lots of leg room.

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Keyword: Free Money

Having dental coverage is like getting free money. But, it (poof!) goes away on December 31. So, NOW is the time to complete needed dental treatment before that free money slips away. Consider the following suggestions:
Take advantage of free cleanings for you and your family now, before you lose that cost-free benefit.

Know your yearly maximum and complete any unfinished treatment.

Got an incentive plan? A dental visit today means a higher percentage next year.

Retiring? Complete all work before coverage terminates.

Remember, insurance saves you money by covering your cleanings, check-ups and even some major treatments. That’s an easy way to keep your smile healthy.

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Elder Dental Challenges


Studies show that our growing, older-adult population is better educated, wealthier and healthier than its parent generation. Improvements in quality of life have allowed these people to live longer and keep their permanent teeth... permanently. It is still very important to monitor an elederly person's oral condition.

Older adults who still have permanent teeth are faced with challenges in spite of their good behavior: Wear-and-tear from years of use may result in worn -away enamel. Diminishing immunity defenses may encourage cavities, gum disease and other oral infections. Prescriptions medications and cancer therapies may cause "dry mouth". Physical weakness can make chewing difficult. Swallowing may be difficult if food is not chewed well enough.

Because older adults' health can be unpredictable, it is important that their teeth are brushed daily and that they see the dentist more frequently to monitor oral health conditions and to keep up-to-date health records.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Check-in Offer for Yelp!

Check in on Yelp when you come for your next appointment and receive $50 discount off of an in-office tooth whitening when purchased with take-home trays.

Originally $495, with offer: $445. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Have Happy Teeth!

Wondering what to give out to trick-or-treaters this Halloween that won't create screaming sugar monsters in your home? Frustrated with the supermarket candy glut? Worry no more. Availability of healthy treats is on the rise. Healthy or sugar-free treats won't spike blood sugar levels, preventing  tummy aches and headaches   Opt to hand out pre-packaged mini bags of pretzels, raisins or apple slices, baby carrots or even fruit gummies. Giving out healthy snacks can also save you money because they are lunch box staples; any left-overs will not go to waste! If you still want to give out candy, you can find sugar-free lollipops at and (organic). As always, make sure to have candy eaters brush  teeth or chew sugarless gum after eating sticky treats!

If you are looking for an alternate way to trick or treat with your kids & receive healthy snacks, Disneyland is open several nights in October for trick-or-treating, with plenty of options for treats to satisfy almost any craving.
That way, you can have the happiest teeth on Earth at the happiest place on E arth! Check out Disneyland’s website for more information.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Boo (Hoo) : Halloween candy consumption and you!

With Halloween just around the corner, it may be increasingly difficult to refrain from dipping your hand into the candy bowl. Of course, the short-term benefits of a sugary snacks are just that. Short-term.  The long-term effects from eating sugary foods can be detrimental not only to your dental health but can raise your blood sugar to harmful levels.

Checking out a Glycemic Food Index is also useful in determining which foods to eat to maintain a steady, healthy blood sugar level. Compare your favorite candy's sugar levels before you indulge. For example, one Fun Size 3 Musketeers bar has 10 grams of sugar, whereas one Hershey’s Kiss with Almonds is only 2.2 grams per Kiss. If you can satisfy your sugar craving by eating a Hershey’s Kiss instead of a 3 Musketeers bar, you can apply the "sugar savings" on food that fuels, instead.

Maintaining a healthy body includes keeping your teeth healthy, too. The increase in consumption of sweets around the holiday season can also create plaque build up and yellowing of the teeth if not teeth are not tended to correctly. Make sure to floss, brush your teeth and/or chew sugarless gum after consuming sugary foods and drinks.

So, over the next few weeks, take precaution and be more mindful about what you are putting into your body.

 The Natural Health Advisory gives a great list as to the symptoms of high blood sugar levels. See below for the list of symptoms:
       Increased thirst
       Dry mouth
       Always being hungry
       Frequent urination and/or urination during the night
       Dry and itchy skin
       Daily fatigue or extreme tiredness
       Difficulty concentrating
       Excess abdominal fat/weight gain
       Recurrent infections
       Blurred vision
       Slow healing of cuts and wounds
       Nerve problems
       Stomach problems

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