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Top 2019 Dental Insurance Plans

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If you have dental benefits, do you know what’s in the fine print and what type of plan is best for you?
Many Americans — 77% — have dental benefits, the National Association of Dental Plans says. Most people have private coverage, usually from an employer or group program. (Medicare doesn’t cover dental care, and most state Medicaid programs cover dental care only for children.)
To make the most of your benefits, you need to know these things.

2019 Tooth Decay Prevention: 10 Daily Dental Care Tips

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Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form.

2019 Find Your Perfect Toothbrush

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The American Dental Association says that a manual toothbrush cleans your teeth and remove plaque just as well as powered ones, but an electric toothbrush might help you hit harder-to-reach spots, brush for longer or brush with more ease.
The right toothbrush for you depends on your personal preference and budget. Do you want to spend a little more on a powerful model that does extra work for you, or stick to something simple and classic?

2019 Best Teeth Whitening At Home

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Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists also found that nearly 90% of patients requested tooth whitening.
There are many teeth whitening systems and products including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, trays, and whitening products obtained from a dentist.
Do-it-yourself methods aren’t the same as getting your teeth whitened by a professional.

2019 Best Teeth Whitening | Don’t Waste Your Money

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Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look.
The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The color of natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel, combined with the color of the dentin under it. Your genes affect the thickness and smoothness of the enamel. Thinner enamel allows more of the color of the dentin to show through. Having smoother or rougher enamel also affects the reflection of light and therefore the color.
Every day, a thin coating (pellicle) forms on the enamel and picks up stains. Tooth enamel also contains pores that can hold stains.
Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches – hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

2019 Dental Hygienist Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More

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A dental hygienist or oral hygienist is a licensed dental professional, registered with a dental association or regulatory body within their country of practice.
Dental hygienists are specially trained to give care to patients and can help with your treatment plan. Many are qualified as both hygienist and therapist.
They play an important part in dental health care.
Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.
However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Hygienists also give advice about diet and about preventing tooth decay.

2019 Essix Retainer Review: Cost, Cleaning, Pros & Cons

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Retainers guide and maintain the position and alignment of teeth to create an attractive smile, and today there’s quite a range to choose from. Essix retainers, in particular, are a type of clear aligner that are meant to align your top and bottom teeth. These custom-made clear aligners fit over your teeth by snapping into place or sometimes sliding into place (unlike a bonded retainer). Your teeth and actually move into new positions over time. Your orthodontist might recommend an Essix retainer as the final stage in a course of orthodontic treatment, or as a complete alternative to braces.

2019 Dental Braces: Types, Care, What to Expect

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When you decide to get braces, you are taking an important step when it comes to caring for your teeth. Braces not only correct alignment and bite issues, but they can also result in a beautiful smile, giving you additional confidence to match your improved oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean well, which reduces tooth decay and gingivitis. Correcting the bite also fixes many structural problems, which can reduce jaw pain and make chewing less painful.

Today’s orthodontics offer more kinds of braces than ever before. Check out your options:

  1. Metal braces/Traditional braces
  2. Ceramic Braces
  3. Lingual Braces
  4. Invisalign

2019 How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Few of us wish to actually lose teeth, but a fact of life is that for many at some point in our lifetime we will lose one or more, maybe all of our teeth.
Poor oral hygiene might be a reason, age and medical condition another, whilst accidents can too be a cause of tooth loss.
For many years, artificial teeth and body parts have existed. Known as prosthetics, the best example of this in relation to oral health are dentures or false teeth as you might know them as.
For decades dentures have been and remain the default option for those who have lost 1 or more teeth.
No longer are they bulky and unsightly thanks to advances in technology and production. But, they never quite look and feel like the real thing. Of course you can’t replace natural teeth, but dental implants are the next best option.

What Seniors Need to Know About Dental Implants?

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Many seniors begin to lose their teeth as they age. This can cause major limitations on quality of life, facial looks, and social life. Typically, dentures have been used which have quite a few limitations. Implants are much more highly recommended in comparison to upper or lower dentures and they are much stronger and long lasting than a partial denture or a fixed bridge. Implants have a more natural appearance, do not limit your eating habits, do not need to be removed for cleaning and before bed, and they will not slip or fall off at the wrong moment.