Posts for category: General Dentistry
I found this dental fact very interesting. This year, Americans spent approximately $2 billion on candy for one day of Trick or Treat. Ironically, this is the same amount of money that American spend on toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss for the entire year. Be sure to watch how much of that left over candy you are eating. Frequent exposure to candy will put your teeth at risk. Be sure to brush and floss after eating the candy. Also, if you tend to have sweet sensitivity when eating candy, it can be a sign of something worse to come. Call us at our Kettering office to check out any sensitive teeth and to make sure nothing serious is developing.
Before we know it, 2013 will be behind us and 2014 will be here. It seems once Halloween passes, the end of the year just flies by. For that reason, we are offering our patients a friendly reminder about their dental insurance benefits and flex-spending accounts.
For most dental insurance plans, the benefits are defined for a calendar year. Policies typically run from January 1st to December 31st, and if benefits are not used by the end of the year, they are lost. Therefore, if you or your dependents have any necessary dental treatment, we encourage you to make an appointment before time runs out. As the end of the year approaches, more patients are eager to schedule their appointments and our schedule tends to fill up quickly.
Some patients may have quite a bit of treatment that needs to be done. This treatment can often be spread over two years of dental benefits in order to maximize coverage. However, in order to use two years of benefits, some treatment needs to be done before the end of the year. This is a reminder for patients with larger treatment plans to make sure to schedule their appointments accordingly.
We value helping our patients in any way we can and we know the longer patients wait to make their end of the year appointments, the more likely we won’t be able to accommodate everyone. If you want to use 2013 dental benefits or 2013 Flex Spending dollars, please call our office at (937) 434-8870 so that we can schedule an appointment or check your remaining insurance balance.
We hope everyone has a wonderful end to the year.
The Almoney and Brown Dental Team
When Should a Filling be Replaced?
Most dental patients have had some fillings placed on their teeth and one decision that I make everyday when I check these patients is whether or not we need to replace any existing fillings. As fillings get older, several things can happen that would necessitate the replacement of the filling – cracks or chipping of the filling, looseness of the filling material and tooth decay that develops under or around the filling are all reasons that the filling should be replaced. Over the next few weeks, I will discuss the reasons for replacing older fillings and show some examples of teeth we have restored.
As fillings get older, they often start to leak and let bacteria under the filling material. Over time, this bacteria can cause decay. If left untreated, the decay will get deeper into the tooth and can cause tooth pain, infection and fractures to develop in the tooth, all of which are more complicated and expensive to restore. At the first sign of tooth decay, a filling should be removed and replaced.
Here is an example of a tooth with an existing amalgam filling. Upon looking at the x-rays, we discovered a cavity under the filling. To treat the decay, we removed the amalgam filling and tooth decay and restored the tooth with a composite filling. Because we caught this early, we were able to avoid more problems.
Be sure to have your fillings checked regularly and if a problem is developing, consider having the filling replaced. It is much easier to replace a filling then to treat an infection or cracked tooth. If you have any questions or are concerned that you may have a problem with a filling, call our office at (937) 434-8870.
The Almoney and Brown Dental Team