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Dental Insurance: Use it or lose it.

»Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog, Dental News, Dentistry | 0 comments

Don’t toss away good money by neglecting to use services you’ve already paid for. Your dental insurance plan works best for you when you put it to work on a regular basis. Your Tumwater Dentist, Dr. Merchant will show you how this can be done. Smart Questions to Ask You literally could save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the end of the year! This is because most dental insurance plans run on a calendar year that resets January 1st. Step 1: Contact your insurer to ask what benefits you’ve already used, and what you still have available for the year. Also ask, “Are any benefits being cut or reduced in next year’s policy?” Typically, preventative procedures like dental cleanings, x-rays, exams are covered. But, will they cover...

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Avoiding Tooth Erosion:4 Important Tips

»Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Blog, Dental News | 0 comments

Avoiding Tooth Erosion:4 Important Tips

You wouldn’t drink a mixture of battery acid and sugar, would you? No way! Yet, are your beverage choices exposing your teeth to serious harm? It’s natural to want healthy teeth that endorse a brilliant smile. Yet in reality, a large number of people tolerate teeth that are discolored, decayed, or lacking lustre. Your food and beverage choice can contribute greatly to such a condition, resulting in “tooth erosion.” This develops when the outer enamel on teeth become damaged, or even completely compromised due to excessive exposure to acid. Acid Levels The extreme sugar content in many of the popular beverages of today have been identified as a main culprit for causing tooth decay, but not the only one. Natural fruit juices, wines, teas, energy drinks,...

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ADA Seal of Approval: Why Should You Care?

»Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Blog, Dental News | 0 comments

ADA Seal of Approval: Why Should You Care?

Some 300 available dental products including manual and powered toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and dental floss carry the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. What does that Seal signify? Why should you as a consumer care? ADA Seal Qualifications It’s not mandatory for products to have ADA approval before being made available to the public. Rather, applying for the seal is completely voluntary and requires that products must first go through ADA testing and review, including: Providing ingredient lists and applicable product information. Supplying evidence that the manufacturing and laboratory facilities are in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices. ADA approved clinical/laboratory studies that substantiate any promotional...

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Lost a Tooth? How Alligators Could Help

»Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Blog, Dental News | 0 comments

Lost a Tooth? How Alligators Could Help

When you think of achieving the perfect, ear-to-ear smile,do the teeth of an alligator cross your mind? Not likely—and who would blame you? After reading this blog, though, your view might change. According to new research led by the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the chompers of an alligator may actually provide us with something to smile about when it comes to stimulating human tooth regeneration. The Reality of Tooth Loss In the human lifespan, we naturally only have two sets of teeth—baby teeth, and adult teeth. The issue, though, is that adult teeth often don’t last as long as we need them to. In fact, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) states that the majority of Americans are facing this unpleasant dilemma....

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