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IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19

Smile Fitness Dental Center Blog

Tooth Sensitivity: What It Means and What to Do About It

March 18, 2021

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woman with tooth sensitivity drinking coffee

As you groggily make your way to the kitchen in the morning, you pour yourself a hot cup of coffee to start the day. When you take a sip, you feel a startling ping of sensitivity in one of your teeth. That woke you up!

You immediately start to worry and wonder: What could be wrong? Is tooth sensitivity a serious problem? Should you call your dentist? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and help you know what you should do next.

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Dental Emergency Kit

January 30, 2021

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Illustration of tooth next to emergency kit

All it takes is one wrong bite on your fork, one crunch into an unpopped popcorn kernel, or one chew of hard candy for your otherwise pleasant day to become an anxiety-inducing visit to the dentist. In a perfect world, you would never have to sustain cracked teeth, toothaches, and loose fillings. However, it is likely that you or a loved one will experience some form of a dental emergency at some time in your life, which is why being prepared is essential. With this in mind, an emergency dentist in Phoenix is sharing must-have items to pack in your kit!

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8 Serious Health Issues Linked to Poor Oral Health

December 17, 2020

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Woman checking her teeth and gums in mirror

Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning are all crucial components of keeping your oral health in pristine condition. But what happens if a few too many lazy mornings or late nights cause you to skip your dental care routine? While your teeth may be the first to show the negative effects, your general health may be in danger of some serious concerns. Read on to learn the conditions linked to poor dental hygiene, at-home prevention tactics, and how your dentist in Phoenix can help!

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What You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions Over the Holidays

November 12, 2020

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Woman in Santa hat pointing at her smile

Severe crowding, an impacted wisdom tooth, and severe decay are just a few reasons your dentist may have recommended an extraction. And with a few extra days off around the holidays coming up, you may be thinking of scheduling your treatment sooner rather than later. While it’s a smart move for your calendar (and your oral health!), there are a few things you should know about getting a tooth extracted during the holiday season. Read on as a dentist in Phoenix shares what they are!

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2020 Dental Insurance — It’s Time to Use It or Lose It!

October 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — smile_fitness @ 4:22 pm
Appointment to use dental insurance marked on calendar

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over. We are all looking forward to brighter days in 2021! However, before this year ends, you may still have a long to-do list of things you want to accomplish. A visit to your dentist should be on that list. If you do not make a dental appointment before December 31, you could end up letting valuable benefits go to waste! Let’s talk about how you can maximize your 2020 dental insurance. We’ll also discuss a money-saving provision for patients without insurance.

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When Should You Visit A Dentist for Tooth Sensitivity?

August 31, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — smile_fitness @ 12:40 pm
person drinking a glass of ice water outside and experiencing tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that is estimated to impact at least 40 million adults in the nation. Although it may not sound like more than a simple inconvenience, it can impact your day-to-day life by making eating or drinking anything that’s hot or cold uncomfortable. Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by several different issues that range in severity as well. Read on to learn more about when you should visit a dentist for this problem and how you can treat it.

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Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

July 13, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — smile_fitness @ 4:26 pm
a digital image of stacked blocks that read “Dental Plan”

Learning you need a tooth extraction may not be the best news your dentist can relay, especially if you’re unsure whether your dental insurance company will pay for the procedure. With so many exceptions and stipulations, it’s easy to assume your out-of-pocket expenses will be more than what you would like to pay. Fortunately, most insurers understand these complex treatments are often a necessity, which means, you are likely covered. But before you move forward with your planned tooth removal, hear from a local dentist who explains what kind of coverage you can expect as well as additional payment options to help with any remaining costs.

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What to Expect as a New Patient in Need of Emergency Care

June 6, 2020

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a female patient holding her cheek in pain while the dentist prepares to examine the problem

Have you lost a tooth as a result of a hard-hitting tackle? Did you accidentally crack one of your pearly whites while eating a whole apple? No matter what type of dental emergency you’re experiencing, knowing you have a dentist you can turn to is vital. But what if you’ve yet to choose one and will be considered a new patient? Take some time to learn the process you’ll need to go through to receive immediate care when you arrive.

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Staying Healthy as an At-Risk Patient In COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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At-risk patient wearing mask stays healthy with tips from Phoenix dentist

COVID-19 is an easily transmitted virus that currently has no cure and can infect anyone. However, it can be very dangerous and even life-threatening for at-risk patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified factors like older age, lung disease, heart conditions, and a weakened immune system that can increase your risk of getting seriously ill from the coronavirus. If you or a loved one are at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19, its essential that you take extra precautions to stay safe. Your Phoenix dentist shares five important tips for staying healthy in your everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ask a Dentist: Can Mouthwash Lower Your Risk of COVID-19?

April 18, 2020

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Someone pouring mouthwash into a cup on advice from a dentist

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere are taking all the precautions they can to keep themselves and their families safe. Good hand hygiene, social distancing, and using face masks are the “pillars” of staying healthy right now, but keeping your mouth clean is also important. In addition to seeing a dentist for a checkup and cleaning when they reopen for routine care, good habits at home are crucial for reducing the number of germs in your mouth. Keep reading to find out why mouthwash is a great addition to your oral hygiene routine and if it can lower your risk of COVID-19! 

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