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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.


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.


Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

July 13, 2020

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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.


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.


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.


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! 


Dentist Explains Reasons For Extractions and the Importance of Replacing Your Teeth

February 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — smile_fitness @ 11:18 am
Up-close photo of someone who has had a tooth extraction from a dentist

Everyone needs a full set of teeth to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. However, in some cases, an extraction is the best option for your current and future oral health. While a dentist may recommend this procedure in various situations, they’ll almost always encourage you to replace the missing tooth (or teeth) at some point down the road. Fortunately, there are excellent options to beautifully restore your smile, including dental implants. Keep reading below to learn about the common reasons for extractions and why it’s so important to replace your missing teeth!


Excruciating Toothache? A Dentist Discusses the Best Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

December 11, 2019

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Man holding his cheek in pain

Without a doubt, a toothache can be one of the most painful experiences you’ll ever go through. When you’re in the midst of one, all you want to do is feel better fast! The first step is calling an emergency dentist to have it treated as soon as possible. From there, you can take over-the-counter pain medication until your visit. But which one is best? And if your pain goes away, do you still need to see a dentist, or has the problem taken care of itself? In this blog, you’ll get the answers to these questions and more.


Do You Suffer From Dental Fear? Don’t Worry – We Can Help!

November 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — smile_fitness @ 10:55 pm
Dental patient getting nitrous oxide

Does thinking about seeing the dentist make you break out in a cold sweat? If so, you’re not alone! Dental fear and phobia affect around 36% of the population, with 12% having a severe case. Sadly, this makes it difficult or even impossible to get the necessary care for good dental health. But whether your fear stems from negative past experiences, sensitive teeth, or simply being born that way, we can help. Keep reading to learn about the impact that dental fear can have on your life. You’ll also learn about your options for sedation dentistry and how we make your comfort a top priority at every visit!


Dental Implants or Bridges: Which One Does Your Incomplete Smile Need?

August 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — smile_fitness @ 5:31 pm

Missing ToothIf you somehow end up with empty space in your smile, you’re hardly alone; the American College of Prosthodontists estimates that roughly 178 million people living in the United States are currently missing one or more teeth. You’ll want to fill in the empty space, of course, but how to do it? Should you get dental implants, or would a bridge make more sense in your case? Learning the advantages of each option will help you choose the restoration that’s right for you.


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