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5 Ways You Can Reclaim Your Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Sep 6, 2018 11:50:07 AM

When you talk, laugh or smile, other people’s eyes are immediately drawn to your mouth. The overall condition of your teeth and gums is immediately noticeable. This includes the color and shape of your teeth, how straight or misaligned they are and more. 

Reclaim your smile at Davis & Dingle

A perfectly beautiful smile can improve the overall impression that you make on other people, and this can have a great impact on your personal and professional life. On the other hand, if your smile is unattractive, others may view you differently. For example, you may be perceived as someone who has poor personal hygiene practices. You may also feel self-conscious about the way that you look, and this can also impact the way that you present yourself to others.

 

Oral health issues are often more than cosmetic. Issues with crooked, misshapen or misaligned teeth can also affect the way that you speak and eat. You may also have trouble properly cleaning and caring for your teeth. At Davis and Dingle, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services can that can be used to give you a smile that you are proud to show off.


PROFESSIONAL WHITENING

If your primary concern is the color of your teeth, rest assured that there is an easy and effective treatment available. Staining, yellowing or general discoloration of your teeth can be bothersome for you to look at, and it can also impact how others view you when you smile or talk. Discoloration may be caused by lifestyle factors, such as smoking or drinking dark-colored beverages. It can also be caused by age and many other factors. Regardless of the cause of your discolored teeth, you can improve their appearance easily with professional whitening services completed in our office.

 

While there are at-home whitening treatments, you may discover that these home kits require regular efforts and still only produce minimal results. Our professional whitening treatment can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in only a couple of fast appointments. If the color of your teeth is your primary concern, rest assured that we can remove any signs of discoloration quickly to give your the pristine smile that you desire.

 

TOOTH REPLACEMENT

In order to have the beautiful smile that you want, you need all of your teeth in place. However, tooth loss is unfortunately common. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene, a sports injury, a car accident and many other issues. Regardless of what has caused your tooth loss situation, you understandably want to find an effective way to address this issue and to fill your smile with lovely, healthy teeth.

 

We offer several cosmetic dentistry solutions to effectively resolve this situation. For example, we can create full or partial dentures that look like your actual teeth. A bridge is another solution that is available if you are missing three or more teeth in a row. This is an excellent solution that improves your cosmetic appearance and that also can maintain facial and oral health. Tooth replacement can also be completed through an implant. With a dental implant, a new tooth that looks precisely like the lost tooth is surgically installed in your tooth to give you a permanent replacement.

 


VENEERS

Some people are self-conscious about the shape or placement of their teeth. For example, you may have a chipped or jagged tooth, and you may be looking for a smart and simple way to improve the look of this teeth. You may even have multiple teeth that are damaged or unattractive in some way. At Davis and Dingle, we have an effective solution for this common problem through veneers.

Porcelain veneers are specifically crafted to take on the shape, size and color of a beautiful tooth. It creates a natural look in your mouth. This solution is ideal for addressing discoloration, chips and other irregularities.



INVISALIGN

If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, you may think that the only way to improve this issue is with metallic braces. Metallic braces are common, and they can produce straight, aligned teeth. This can improve your cosmetic appearance, and it can also make it easier to properly clean your teeth regularly. However, many people are turned off by the thought of wearing metal braces for a year or two. A great alternative that produces effective results is Invisalign.

 

Invisalign uses customized plastic trays to gradually move your teeth. You typically will replace your tray weekly, and each tray makes a subtle change in your teeth’s location in comparison to the previous tray. The end result is beautiful, straight teeth, and this is achieved without the need to wear metal braces.

 

FULL MOUTH RESTORATION

Some people have a specific issue that they are concerned with, such as discoloration or a chipped tooth. Others have more extensive issues with their teeth. Regardless of the current condition of your teeth, it is possible to improve the look, health and function of your teeth through mouth restoration work.

 

Full mouth restoration services are customized to fit your needs. This can improve filling cavities, descaling services, the use of Invisalign or veneers and more. While this type of treatment may take months to complete, you will see a gradual improvement in your teeth throughout the treatment period. More than that, you will love the end result when you see a bright, beautiful smile in the mirror.

 

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your smile, you do not have to walk through the rest of your life feeling self-conscious about or displeased with the way that you look. At Davis and Dingle, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services to help you improve your smile to your satisfaction. The first step to take is to contact our office for a consultation. Through a consultation with our team, you can learn more about the specific treatment plan that we recommend for you. This is the first step to take to get the beautiful smile that you want, so contact our office today.

 

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Topics: Family dentistry, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentist in Columbia, SC

Start Your Year With a New Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 3, 2018 12:43:50 PM

At Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry, you and your family can have dazzling smiles to start out the new year. Whitening, Invisalign, Porcelain Veneers and Full Mouth Restorations can bring back a confident and happy smile to your face.


ZOOM WHITENING
Instead of a box of sugary candy for Valentine's Day, why not give her the gift of brilliant white teeth? With the Zoom Whitening System used at Davis and Dingle Family Denistry, you can give her a dazzling smile and loads of confidence. That's a much better Valentine's Day gift that she will love. In one hour, teeth will be up to 8 shades whiter. Coffee, tea, smoking - all of the things that stain teeth, will be erased, leaving only a great smile behind.

INVISALIGN
Sometimes, people try to hide their smile because teeth are uneven or gaps are noticeable. You can be on your way to a straight and happy smile with Invisalign aligners. Custom-molded clear aligners allow customers to straighten teeth without bulky, noticeable braces. Take out the aligners to brush and floss or eat. Change the aligners every few weeks as your teeth straighten. Soon, a great, straight smile will shine through.

 

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PORCELAIN VENEERS
There are times when your teeth need a little more than just whitening. Maybe the teeth are damaged, cracked or chipped. Front teeth are especially noticeable, especially when you make a first impression. Make sure your front teeth look their absolute best with porcelain veneers or by bonding. Thin veneers are permanently placed directly on top of your existing teeth. Beautiful, white teeth will now cover those chips or discoloration.

FULL MOUTH RESTORATION
Maybe dental care wasn't available to you when you were younger. Maybe you were in an accident. Now, as an adult, your teeth need extensive work. It's not to late to have a happy, healthy smile. A dental team, which may include periodontists, can clean teeth, create Invisaligns to straighten your teeth, fill cavities and even heal gum diseases. Bridges can be placed where teeth are missing. Veneers can give dazzle to your smile. You can look (and feel) completely new and confident.

 

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Make an appointment with Davis and Dingle today. Let us help you to have your best smile. For your career, your wedding, or just for your confidence - a great smile is the best way to make a first impression.

Topics: Family dentistry, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentist in Columbia, SC

The 9 Things You Need To Know About Veneers!

Posted by Darren Martin on Sep 10, 2015 3:00:00 PM

You probably see someone with veneers everyday--and sometimes you can't even tell! That's because veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. 

Though common, many people still don't know the benefits of veneers. That's why we've got you covered!


Here are 7 things you need to know about veneers:

1. Veneers Can Give Your Teeth the Perfect Color

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2. Veneers Can Improve Your Dental Bite

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3. Veneers Can Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease

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4. They Are the Best Looking Replacement For Old Fillings

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5. Veneers Can Stabalize Loose Teeth

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6. Veneers Can Change the Size and Shape of Your Teeth

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7. Veneers Can Straighten Your Teeth

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8. Veneers Can Improve Self Confidence and Self Esteem

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9. Veneers Can Take Up to 10 Years Off of Your Apperance 

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Veneers are a perfect way to make you feel better and look better! Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry specializes in veneers and making peoples smiles better each day. Many of our patients and employees have taken the chance to experience the awesomeness of veneers and you should too!

 


 

 

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Topics: Family dentistry, missing teeth, veneers, Cosmetic Dentistry, HubSpot Tips, Dental Benefits, Columbia SC, Dentist in Columbia, SC, Dental Veneers

4 Ways To Spot Gum Disease

Posted by Darren Martin on May 27, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Left untreated, gum disease could lead to a number of systemic issues—including increasing the risk of a heart attack. We can prevent, or treat, gum disease—but first you have to find out if you are at-risk for gum disease! Here are the top 4 ways to spot gum disease. 

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away-

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Gum disease is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Improper brushing, flossing and overall oral healthcare can cause plaque build up. If you have persistent bad breath, your chances for gum disease are higher than others. While not all with bad breath have gum disease, it is an important factor to consider when visiting your dentist. 

Red or swollen gums-

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Inflammation in the gums usually comes from accumulated bacteria that have attached to your healthy gums. If your gums are swollen or red, this is one of the largest signs of gum disease and you should consult with your dentist on proper steps to alleviate the problem.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing or Eating Hard Food

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Gum disease makes your gums very weak and thus, brushing, flossing or even eating certain foods can make your gums bleed. Pay special attention to your gums as you floss or brush. Though not all bleeding comes from gum disease (sometimes you’re just brushing too hard), blood in the gums is something to monitor. Consult with your dentist if you have persistent bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Sores in your mouth

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Sores in your mouth is a large sign of gum disease. It means bacteria has accumulated and is affecting the region so much that it is infiltrating your system. If you have sores in your mouth, see a dentist immediately to be tested for gum disease or other systemic issues. 

Here at Davis and Dingle, we pride ourselves on offering you excellent information and excellent service if you think you may have gum disease, don't fret! Let us do a quick and efficient exam and start you on your path to wellness.

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, blood when brushing, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits, gum disease, heart problems

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 12, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Everyone wakes up with breath that is not fresh in the morning. This is because bacteria keep multiplying in the mouth at night and there is no continuous flow of saliva to get wash it away as is the case during waking hours. This is easily sorted out when the teeth are brushed and flossed. Eating specific foods such as onions, garlic and heavily spiced food can also leave one with bad breath. Again, this is easily taken care of with a toothbrush and toothpaste or some gum.

 

If the problem goes beyond this for you and bad breath persists throughout the day, then it is necessary to take measures to get rid of bad breath that go beyond brushing and flossing the teeth.

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Not sure you have the problem?

Not everyone who has bad breath is aware that they have the problem. People's odd reactions when you open your mouth to speak are a clue but there are ways to confirm your suspicions. The scientific way is to use a bad breath meter which measures the quantity of sulfides in your breath.

At home, one way to find out if your breath smells is to take a piece of gauze and wipe it on your tongue. If the gauze comes out with a yellow color or with a smell, it is an indicator of high levels of sulfides in your body. Sulfides are the cause of bad breath. Another way is to lick the back of your hand and smell it after 10 minutes. If they are present, sulfur salts will remain and they will smell. A third way is to floss your teeth at the back and smell the floss.

 

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath 

Having established that there is a problem, do the following to get fresh breath;

  1. Don't slack off about brushing and flossing your teeth. Do so after every meal. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to work if you have to so you can brush your teeth after lunch. Getting dental check-ups twice a year is also important. Sometimes, bad breath is an indicator of a serious problem like unclean dentures, an abscess, gum disease or a tooth that is decaying.
  2. Clean your tongue as you clean your teeth. The top of the tongue is a place that bacteria love to lodge, especially at the back of the mouth.  If the mouth is not cleaned after eating, a lot of remains are left here which bacteria start working on and causing odor. Swirling water around the mouth after eating can take care of this such as after having a snack when the teeth won't be brushed. Using a tongue scraper every time along with brushing the teeth is also advisable.
  3. What you eat also matters in you are trying to get rid of bad breath. Crisp, fresh foods naturally clean the teeth. This includes fruits and vegetables like apples, lettuce, carrots, pears and raw cucumber. Such foods also add antioxidants that boost health, including dental health.
  4. Another way to use what Mother Nature provides to get rid of bad breath is to use herbs. Chewing raw parsley naturally cleans the palates and gets rid of odors. Cardamom is also effective in fighting bad breath when used to cook meals. Sipping on black and green tea as well as herbal tea like peppermint tea also works
  5. Eating a diet low in carbohydrates to lose or maintain weight can also result in bad breath. Such a diet makes the body release ketones. These are foul-smelling chemicals that are released from the body through the breath.
  6. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth so bacteria are washed away. The key is to ensure that the gum is sugarless. Gum with sugar should be avoided because sugar ferments bacteria which will worsen the problem. Apart from sugarless gum, try and drastically cut down or completely avoid sugary foods and drinks and minimize the amount you add to your tea and coffee.
  7. Dehydration also causes bad breath. Increase your intake of water. Keep sipping water all day rather than lug it down only after meals. It will keep your mouth clean and odor-free.
  8. If the problem of a smelly mouth comes on suddenly, the culprit might be medication you have started taking. Some drugs given for high-blood pressure, allergies and depression may make your mouth dry which can cause it to smell. Talk to your doctor or take extra water and chew sugarless gum.
  9. Using mouth washes also helps to get rid of bad breath. Just avoid the type with alcohol as they make the mouth dry and worsen the problem.
  10. If all fails, visit Davis and Dingle. We've got you covered. 

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, missing teeth, childrens teeth, dentures, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, Insurance

The 10 Dental Mistakes That May Require An Emergency Dentist

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 16, 2013 11:18:00 PM

If you have ever had to find an emergency dentist because you had excruciating pain, chances are that there are dental mistakes you have been making that led to such a situation.  Emergency trips  to the dentist  can be avoided if some dental mistakes are avoided.Dental Mistakes

1. Brushing too fast and too hard

Brushing too hard and too fast is actually scrubbing rather than brushing. This causes the enamel to erode so that with time, the teeth may become sensitive.  Gums can also start receding. It is enough to brush with firm strokes and not with a hard toothbrush.

2. Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic food and drinks
Acid is another thing that wears out the enamel. Brush your teeth at least half an hour after consuming something acidic or else you will be brushing the acid in and weakening the enamel.

3. Not brushing the teeth regularly
Ideally the teeth should be brushed after every meal so that the plaque does not get a chance to start causing havoc. This may be impractical but at the very least  teeth should be brushed at least twice a day.

4. Not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth
Another common mistake people make that could lead to a trip to an emergency dentist is not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth. A lot of people concentrate on the front surfaces and neglect the back of the teeth and the upper surfaces. With time, the plaque will start to eat into the teeth and cause cavities and loosen teeth as well as causing gum disease.

5. Not flossing
Flossing is as important as brushing. The fine thread gets in where brush bristles do not and it removes the fine scraps that will cause tooth decay as over time as plaque accumulates.
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6. Ignoring problems like bleeding gums
Signs like gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed should not be ignored. They are signs of a deeper underlying problem like gum disease. Some people just ignore this and other signs like bad breath that persists even soon after brushing.  It is not until there is excruciating pain or other symptom that a dentist is seen and most likely it will be an emergency dentist.

7. Not having regular check ups
This is something most of us dread right from childhood. This is mainly because we were taken to see the dentist for a aching tooth which has to be filled because there was a cavity. Dental visits were therefore associated with pain so even as grown-ups we tend to avoid the dentist. This is ironical because with frequent check-ups, problems can be caught early and addressed with no long or painful procedures.

8. Going for the least expensive and not necessarily the best dentist
Many people give priority to health insurance and many do not have adequate cover.  Standard health care policies don't include dental insurance so dental care visits have to be paid for out of pocket. Most people therefore opt for the cheapest dentist and don't bother to verify their credentials.

9. Not changing your toothbrush often which makes brushing ineffective
For a toothbrush to clean teeth well, the bristles have to be straight and firm. Toothbrushes should therefore be changed periodically because soft and bent bristles don't clean well. Even better, get an electric toothbrush that  cleans thoroughly every time.

10.  Excessive consumption of sugary and spicy foods and drinks

Diet and other lifestyle habits affect the state and appearance of the teeth. Those with an affinity for chocolates, candy, soda and other sugary things can expect cavities and frequent trips to an emergency dentist.  Smokers and  fans of spicy food can expect pronounced staining.

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Topics: Family dentistry, dental fillings, bad breath, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, HubSpot Tips, Dental Benefits

The Price is Right: Inside look at cosmetic dentistry prices

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 2, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any kind of dental procedure that is done to

improve the appearance of the teeth rather than their function. It is used to solve problems like teeth that are uneven, chipped, missing teeth and discoloration among others. The Oral Cost!

Cosmetic work is usually not covered under dental insurance which covers work that is done to restore the function of teeth.  It is therefore important to get an idea of the cost of the cosmetic dentistry procedure one wishes to have done.

Dental veneers
These are made of porcelain or compost and they are used to replace tooth enamel that is worn out, to correct teeth that are not aligned evenly,  abnormally spaced teeth and those that are chipped and cracked.  Dental veneers cost more than direct or indirect composite veneers but they last longer and look completely natural. 

Cost of dental veneers
Dental veneers cost between $ 925 and $ 2,500 per tooth and they are well worth it. They last for 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers on the other hand cost less, starting at $ 250 to $1, 500. They only last for 5 to 7 years.

Dental  implants
Implants are used where there is permanent tooth loss. When they are used to anchor a dental crown or bridge because more than one teeth is missing, they act as a foundation that is stable and resistant to cavities.  They are very effective for this and very durable.

Cost of dental implants
The cost depends on various factors. They include which type of implant is used, the dentist that performs the procedure,  where the procedure is performed and the material that is used for the implant.

Single implants cost from $900 to $ 3,000 depending on the factors above.  If the procedure is full mouth reconstruction using dental implants, the cost can reach as much as $ 24,000 to $ 96,000.

Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is commonly sought by men and women alike and there is no one that is does not work for.  It lightens the teeth by several shades which gives you a brighter smile. It is also effective in lifting deeper tobacco stains that smokers inevitably get because of smoking.

It can be doneWe offer ZOOM! Whitening in a number of different ways. It can be done on the dentist's chair in an hour's time or it can be done through whitening products like toothpaste and whitening trays. The treatments done by dentists give the best results and in the shortest time. The effect also lasts longer.

Those interested in this cosmetic dentistry procedure should know that they are two options of teeth whitening. There is bleaching and whitening.  It is a stipulation of the FDA that bleaching is only done when it is not possible to whiten the teeth. This strictly applies to products that contain bleach as an ingredients which are usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. With whitening, the color of the tooth surface is restored by removing the dirt and debris on it.

Cost of teeth whitening
Whitening that is done in the dentist's office costs about $650 on average all around the country.  The option is take-home whitening kits that are professionally dispensed costs  between $100 to $400.  The third option is over the counter whitening products and these are the least expensive ranging from $ 20 to $100.

Dental bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth much like partial dentures and implants. There are different types of fixed dental bridges including resin-bonded, cantilever bridges and the more common fixed bridges.

Cost of dental bridges
Several factors determine the cost of dental bridges.  One is whether additional cosmetic dentistry procedures such as fillings and root canals will be needed in one or more adjoining teeth. Where the dentist is located and the artistic technique they and the lab technician will use also influence cost. The material that will be used in the bridges and  the preparations that will needed on the teeth before the procedure can be carried out also come into play. The cost ranges from $ 700 to $ 1,500 per tooth depending on the factors above.

Invisalign
Invisalign are a type of invisible braces made of clear plastic that work like conventional braces to straighten teeth that are uneven and that have a poor bite.

Cost of Invisalign
The braces used are custom made so cost will depend on one's specific needs, the extent of the problem and how long treatment will last. On average though, this treatment costs $ 3,000 to 5,000 countrywide.

Smile again
A smile is one of the best gifts to give and receive. If you have been hiding yours because of the state of your teeth, look into one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments and get your smile back.


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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants

10 Tips to Eliminating that Unpleasant Bad Breath

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 9, 2011 3:20:00 PM

One of the questions that is often asked to practitioners of family dentistry is, "How do I get rid of bad breath?" We would like to offer 10 tips to help you eliminbad breathate bad breath so that you can be at your best and have a healthy, fresh, and clean mouth all day long.
1. See your dentist or doctor. In some cases, bad breath is a symptom of a dental or medical condition. If you have persistent bad breath, please see your family dental professional or your family doctor to address the root of this symptom.
2. Floss every night. Really. At least once a night, if not after every meal. If you are serious about correcting bad breath, you need to floss and remove the tiny bits of food that your brush misses. Dental professionals recommend the "tiny tree" single use flossing devices - many dentists and men and women on the go keep a bag of these on hand in their car, workplace, gym bag, and handbag to be ready to floss whenever necessary.
3. Use mouthwash. Antiseptic mouthwashes, used frequently, can kill germs that lead to bad breath. Find a flavor you like and keep a bottle in your desk drawer or in your car so that you can rinse after every meal.
4. Carry a toothbrush. You really should brush after every meal to prevent food from getting trapped between your teeth, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. Having a toothbrush on hand will help keep your breath fresh.
5. Use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers, available at grocery stores, health food markets, pharmacies, and at family dentistry centers, help you scrape away the germs and buildup that lead to bad breath.
6. Buy a pack of Waterpik. Your floss and brush can't reach everywhere. Use a Waterpik to get rid of the germs that lead to bad breath. Family dental centers sell or can recommend the perfect Waterpik and brushing system for you and your family to use.
7. Consider your diet. Your diet affects your breath. Pay close attention to foods that give you bad breath and avoid them whenever you need your breath to be in top form
8. Quit smoking. This is a surefire way to get rid of bad breath and other medical problems. Not to mention, it'll get you that extra step closer to a whiter smile!
9. Drink more water. By staying hydrated, you can help your body flush out the toxins that lead to bad breath
10. Chew some parsley. There is a reason that parsley is used as a garnish - it's great at correcting bad breath! While it might not be practical to carry a sprig with you at all times, family dentistry professionals recommend keeping some on hand in the refrigerator.
We wish you the best of luck and hope that our tips help you eliminate bad breath. As a family ourselves, we want to ensure that your entire family has healthy and clean teeth and feels great about their smiles and breath!
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Topics: Family dentistry, bad breath, oral health, childrens teeth, periodontal disease, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants

Optimizing your Dental Insurance in Columbia, South Carolina

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Oct 25, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Dental health is one of the foundations for excellent overall health. When it is time for your or a member of your family's bi-annual dental visit or any specialized dental procedures, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to cover the bill. Unless you want to pay for all of your family dentistry expenses out of your pocket, the best option is to be covered by a a dental plan.

What is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance provides a percentage of coverage for you and your family on most preventative and restorative dental procedures. Preventive, or routine cleanings may not be that expensive but when it comes to filling cavities, root canals, or replacing missing teeth, these procedures will be quite a bit more in price. That is where dental insurance becomes very helpful. Think of it like a coupon. It covers a portion of the cost of your services, but not the full amount. The annual benefit generally depends on the type plan you or your employer selects. So it is very important to read your policy carefully and ask your insurance provider questions so that you understand what your dental insurance covers and what it does not.

How do I Get Insurance?

Many employers offer dental insurance for you and your family. You pay for the premium out of your salary. If your employer does not offer dental insurance, you can buy it from a number agencies in South Carolina. Another option is to consult special interest groups that you belong to that may carry group dental insurance policies. These groups include: sororities or fraternities, churches, alumni associations, etcetera. What Are My Options? There are several different plans offered for family dentistry. A traditional dental plan allows you to pay your premium weekly or monthly, depending on the policy. These are found through your employer or an agent. A voluntary group plan is when you get a group of people together and purchase a plan. This helps with lowering the cost of insurance.

Why Should I Purchase Dental Insurance?

Dental Insurance is relatively inexpensive, especially when you look at how much you would spend on dental work in the the long run. You can save a significant amount of money and be assured that you are covered when an emergency arises.

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Again, when choosing your insurance coverage, make sure you read the policy carefully so that you know what is covered. Also take note to see if you can decide on what dentist you would like to see or if you are restricted. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is right for you and your family.

Topics: Family dentistry, oral health, Insurance, Dental Benefits