Teeth Tips

Easy steps to better teeth

Everyone deserves clean, healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath and  a confident smile. Here is what you can do .

1. Clean your teeth, not only the front and back but in between teeth which prevents gum disease and unseen cavities. We will go over your technique  , recommend what will work best for you, and show you how to monitor your cleaning.

2. Have family checkups and cleanings twice a year, it is the best way to prevent cavities from growing, gum disease from getting worse , so more complicated and expensive treatment is avoided. If you use dental insurance, it is a no-brainer to take advantage of the no-pay visits and preventive treatment for children and adults.

3. Eat well, choose fresh fruit instead of sugary snacks when eating on the run . Do not drink too many carbonated beverages.

4. Remember that oral and general health are related. If you are diabetic, hypertensive, pregnant or even planning to have a baby schedule regular dental visits.

5. Your smile is a huge reflection of your personality and confidence. Getting rid of puffy swollen gums,bad breath and painful, discolored chipped or irregular teeth can bring forth a better you !!

About Insurance

How dental insurance helps you pay for dental treatment

When our office is a participating provider with your insurance , it means we have agreed to charge all patients who come to our office with that insurance, according to an insurance pre-set fee schedule. The patient is ultimately responsible for paying these reduced fees.

Besides arranging for you to get treatment at reduced fees, the insurance company also helps you pay these fees. They pick what procedures they pay for and how much they pay for each one. This is called your breakdown of benefits and can differ from patient to patient depending on the kind of benefits your employer has arranged for you.

At the treatment visit, we estimate the amount that insurance will pay based on your breakdown of benefits and charge you the remaining portion of the fee. This is your co-pay.

After the treatment has been done, our office does all the paperwork and submits the payment claim for your treatment to the insurance company at no cost to you.

The insurance company then processes the claim and sends us their portion of the payment. The sum total of the insurance payment and your co-pay should equal the fee for the service. If the insurance company pays less than their estimated amount, we bill you the difference. If they pay more than the estimated amount, we credit you the difference. If present, this difference is usually only a few dollars.

The differences in estimated and actual payments may be due to specific clauses in that group plan, old claims being processed, and the maximum for the year being exceeded being some of the reasons. Pre-treatment estimates are never guaranteed by the insurance company – they are always considered estimates. It is only after the claim has been processed that we know the exact amount that has been paid by the insurance company.

We will always explain all your treatment options, help you to understand your payments, and utilize your insurance benefits to the maximum. We encourage you to call your insurance company as well, in order to understand the scope and extent of your plan.

Some Dental FAQs

When to see the dentist

Regular dental visits are recommended every six months. We do X-rays if necessary, a dental and oral examination and a teeth cleaning .Dental problems are discussed and oral hygiene instructions are reviewed. This helps in preventing many dental problems and detects any problems early, so if treatment is needed, it can be simpler and less expensive.

Dental X-Rays

A full series of X-rays is done if necessary at the initial visit unless it has been done within the year and the x-rays can be transferred from the previous dentist. At recare visits , bite wing x-rays are usually taken to rule out decay between the teeth. They may be taken every six months or every year or even eighteen months depending on the number of existing fillings and the tendency to get decay.

Gum Disease and your health

Studies increasingly point to the close relation between oral and general health. To read more about gum disease click here


Extensive research has shown that optimal levels of fluoride in drinking water not only reduce cavities in children and adults, they also help repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay is visible.With fluoridated toothpastes ,to get the optimal benefits of fluoride, place only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on a young child’s toothbrush at each brushing. Young children should be supervised while brushing and taught to spit out, rather than swallow, the toothpaste.

Amalgam free fillings

White fillings or composite resin fillings require less removal of tooth structure and can bond adhesively to the tooth. They need a little more time to place and also require the tooth to be dry while placing the filling. Although dental amalgam or ‘silver filling’ continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth. The ‘silver filling’ is not as natural looking and may require more tooth structure removal than for a white resin filling.

Bleeding gums

This can be the first warning sign of gum disease. When plaque stays in contact with the gum it irritates the gum ,which gets inflamed and puffy and bleeds on brushing.


Cavities may begin and grow without any pain or sensitivity. In other cases the tooth may be sensitive to cold and sweet foods. Smaller cavities may be treated by doing a ‘filling’. When cavities grow larger they may involve the nerve of the tooth and may need to be treated with root canal treatment. Cavities may also occur underneath old fillings and grow large before they are detected. Regular checks and x-rays can help early detection.

Yellow or discolored teeth

Teeth can be yellowish to begin with or discolor with time and ingestion of colored foods like tea, coffee and red wine. These teeth can be bleached or whitened to a lighter color. Discoloration of teeth from within like due to taking certain antibiotics when the teeth were forming, are harder to treat with bleaching methods though their color may improve. They are more successfully treated by placing veneers on them.

Chipped and broken teeth

Chipped front teeth can be treated by bonding, or by veneers or crowns.

Irregularly placed or crowded teeth

Orthodontics or braces are the first option . Depending on how crowded the teeth are, bonding ,veneers or crowns may also be a treatment option.

Tooth sensitivity

Gum recession due to vigorous brushing can  wear away the tooth in that region causing sensitivity. Anti- sensitivity toothpastes, local desensitizers and fillings are all treatment options.

Bad breath

Causes of bad breath that originate in the mouth may be from diseased gums or teeth or from the tongue . Dryness of the mouth may also give rise to bad breath. The first step in the treatment of bad breath is to get an examination to eliminate oral causes and institute good oral home care like brushing , flossing and tongue cleaning.


Dentures have been around for a long time to replace loss of a few teeth to the loss of all teeth. Denture materials have vastly improved making them look very natural. Implants have been used along with dentures where just a few implants make a denture feel much more secure,improving chewing ability and allowing the denture wearer to talk smile and eat with greater confidence

For kids

A childs first dental visit should always be a happy one. We like to see children as young as one year of age.They come in usually with no decay or other problems , they get their teeth polished , they go up and down in the chair and leave with a goodie bag. Most important , this way they like going to the dentist so regular visits become easy. Once they are seen regularly , taught and reminded to brush and floss,they have less chances of developing big dental problems. Dental problems in children are always easier to prevent than treat. At about seven years some of them will be advised to visit the orthodontist either to prevent a problem from developing or to rule out the need for braces in the future.


Mouth guards are worn during several sports.A properly fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. It stays in place while being worn, making it easy to talk and breathe.A custom mouthguard made by the dentist fits comfortably and offers the best protection.

Personalized Home Care Instruction

Many types of manual or electric brushes,floss, interdental brushes,gum stimulators flood the market. Once you find the aids that work for you ,work them into your routine so you use them consistently. One of our most important goals is to help you get on this track so it keeps you out of dental trouble!

Referrals to specialists

We are growing a referral network of Specialists who will help us give you the best care possible.

Having a baby – are your gums healthy?

Taking care of your teeth and gums during your pregnancy is an important part of your unborn childs good health and well being.Studies have shown a relationship between disease related to the gums, and tooth support structures(periodontal disease)and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies.. In fact, pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small!
Any infection, including periodontal infection, is cause for concern during pregnancy. If you are planning to become pregnant, be sure to include a dental evaluation as part of your prenatal care.
Women who use oral contraceptives may be susceptible to the same oral health conditions that affect pregnant women. They may experience red, bleeding and swollen gums.

Use Your FSA to reduce your dental costs

An FSA allows money to be deducted from an employee’s paycheck pre-tax and then spent on qualified expenses. For an example of potential tax savings associated with a flexible spending account, a person in the 28% Federal marginal tax bracket and an example 4% state tax (along with FICA taxes of typically 7.65%, for a total tax of almost 40%), could deduct $2,000 and put that money into an FSA for health care. This would result in almost $800 in tax savings. 

Did you know you can use your FSA to pay for dental treatment, including insurance copays? But FSA amounts have to be set aside in advance and if you don’t use the money, you lose it. Regular dental examinations will help you plan how much to put aside for the coming year. So take that extra step and save almost a third of your dental expenses.