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Old, Reliable Metal Braces: Are They Still Necessary?

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Feb 27, 2015 10:57:21 AM

BraceMetal

 

"Invisible" clear aligners; colorless ceramic brackets; hidden lingual braces: It seems these are the hottest topics when we discuss orthodontic appliances today. And it's not hard to understand why—who wouldn't like their orthodontic treatment to be undetectable? So we might be forgiven for asking whether those old reliable metal braces are still a viable option.

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Topics: Braces, :DentalPlans

Using Your Head To Correct Tooth Position

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Feb 25, 2015 10:35:10 AM

BraceFace

 

If your child’s orthodontist tells you that you can use your head to move teeth into better positions, he probably isn't talking about mind-over-matter; instead, it's likely that your child’s treatment will involve wearing a type of external orthodontic appliance called "headgear". If you've ever seen orthodontic headgear, you probably recall that it has some thick wires that attach to metal braces on the teeth and then extend outside of the mouth, plus some straps that go behind the neck or over the chin or forehead. But do you know how it works, and why it may be needed?

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Topics: Childrens Dental Care, :DentalPlans

Hooray For Beavers (And Scientists)!

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Feb 23, 2015 11:15:55 AM

enamelteeth

 

We may soon have stronger teeth, thanks to beavers.

 

Our little furry friends do not floss. They don't even brush their teeth. And they certainly don't have regularly scheduled checkups with the dentist,or do any of the other things that humans need to do to keep our teeth bright and strong.

 

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Protecting Your Child's Space

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Feb 20, 2015 9:55:30 AM

spacemaintain

 

Children need their space. You may have heard that before in another context, but it’s literally true when we’re talking about teeth. Sometime between the ages of 5 and 13, your child will lose 20 baby teeth and gain 28 permanent teeth. Each of those adult teeth needs a specific amount of space to grow in correctly. Yet there are a couple of things that can crowd in on that space and create potential problems in the bite. Let’s take a look at what they are, and how the right dental treatment at the right time can solve the problem.

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Topics: Childrens Dental Care, :DentalPlans

Overcoming the "Fear Factor" in Children

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Feb 18, 2015 11:54:09 AM

kidfeardentist

 

For many kids—and even some adults—the deepest anxieties don't always arise from genuine perils: for example, the fear of monsters under the bed; aliens; or the dentist's chair. None of these have yet been known to cause children any real harm. Yet unlike the first two, every child needs to visit the dentist regularly. And kids sometimes require more complex dental treatments such as fillings, tooth extractions or root canals. The thought of having these procedures can cause some young people (and grownups) more than just a little nervousness; it can make them want to avoid the dentist altogether. Is there anything that can be done to calm those fears?

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Topics: Childrens Dental Care, :DentalPlans

A Brief History of Presidential Smiles

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Feb 16, 2015 11:36:07 AM

washingteeth

 

The third Monday in February is the strangest of all Federal holidays. We the People are not in agreement over what we are celebrating, who we are honoring, or even how to spell the name of the holiday (President’s Day/Presidents’ Day/Presidents Day).

 

According to the Federal Government’s calendar, we’re celebrating Washington’s Birthday.  But Federal holidays apply only to the federal government and the District of Columbia; Congress has never declared a national holiday that is binding in all states and so each state  gets to decide what legal holidays residents will celebrate.

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Topics: :DentalPlans

Teething Relief Without Medications

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Feb 13, 2015 11:26:27 AM

teething

 

It's 3 AM and your baby's fussing again. Restless and cranky, he's drooling and rubbing his ears—yet he doesn't seem at all interested in feeding. He just turned 6 months old, and lately he's been a little easier to care for... until now. So what's the problem—and what should you do?

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Topics: Childrens Dental Care, :DentalPlans

The Most Important Dental Visit: Your Child's First One

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Feb 12, 2015 9:31:55 AM

Firstbirthday

 

Here are some of the things you'll always remember about your baby's first year: those first tiny steps... the first few words... and the first dental visit. But wait a minute—does a one-year-old baby really need to see the dentist? According to both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the answer is a resounding YES. In fact, some consider it the most important visit of all—and there are plenty of good reasons why.

 

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Topics: Childrens Dental Care, :DentalPlans

Open Enrollment: Less Than One Week To Go – Are You Covered?

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Feb 9, 2015 10:20:00 AM

obamacare

 

February 15 is your last opportunity to enroll for Obamacare (ACA) coverage for 2015. It’s also the deadline to make changes to your existing Obamacare coverage for this year. The only exception will be for those who experience a “qualifying life event,” like a job change or the birth of a child.

 

If you sign up, or alter your existing policy, by February 15 your new policy will be in effect starting March 1. After the open enrollment closes, consumer must wait until the next open enrollment period (currently set for October 15 through December 7 2015) to purchase a plan or make changes for their 2016 coverage.

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Topics: :DentalPlans, ACA

Thumb Sucking and How to Stop It

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Feb 6, 2015 10:42:37 AM

thumbsuckers

 

Thumb sucking is a natural behavior of humans (and some other primates) that often starts even before a baby is born. Thought to be related to nursing, this activity appears to provide a sense of comfort and security to young children. It's also a way for babies to make contact with their environment and explore their world. So what's wrong with that?

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Topics: Childrens Dental Care, :DentalPlans

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