Dr. Aminda Modrell, DDS
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    At Aminda Modrell D.D.S., we pride ourselves on a family-friendly health-minded practice.
    We are able to provide comfortable, caring, gentle, and quality dentistry.

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Are Baby Teeth Important?

Some parents still consider baby teeth less important than permanent teeth because they fall out and are replaced by the permanent teeth. However, besides their obvious importance for eating, speech, and appearance, healthy baby teeth are essential for guiding permanent teeth into place. Permanent teeth develop under the baby teeth and are guided into their position by the baby teeth.

Early neglect of baby teeth can result in a number of problems. Tooth decay in a young child can quickly lead to pain and infection, and because of their young age, dental restorative treatment can be difficult.

Early loss of primary teeth due to severe tooth decay causes the guide ...

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If My Dental Plan Doesn't Cover Treatment My Dentist Recommends, Does That Mean It's Not Necessary?

If My Dental Plan Doesn't Cover Treatment My Dentist Recommends, Does That Mean It's Not Necessary?

Dental plans usually have a list of what they cover regardless of the patient’s needs. Dental Plan companies make a contract with your employer to provide dental benefits.

Over the years, benefits have shrunken to a smaller list. The average maximum allowance is the same as 30 years ago, and the Dental benefit companies keep adding a long list of requirements from the dentist/patient before they even pay for the allowed benefits.

Let us review 2 different patients:

Patient 1 is a 30 year old man who brushes and flosses as recommended. However he develops a lot of tartar and is starting to show signs of periodontal disease. To slow down the ...

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How often should I get my teeth professionally cleaned?

How often should I get my teeth cleaned

Most patients will say, ”Every six months. That is what my insurance will pay for.”  However, for most adults, every six months is not enough to maintain healthy teeth and bone.  More often than not, a professional cleaning is indicated every 3-4 months.

Several factors are considered when determining a preventive recall frequency. Your dentist and hygienist use xrays, periodontal  evaluation, and consider your  individual needs to determine the most appropriate frequency.  X-rays also determine  if bone loss is present and to what degree. We can track changes from one xray to another over the years.    

At least yearly, we perform a Periodontal Evaluation to measure the sulcus, the ...

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Are you at risk of DIABETIC oral problems?


Are you at risk of DIABETIC oral problems?

Diabetes is the unbalance of sugar or glucose in your body. Some people have it without knowing. If you have a relative with diabetes your risk is much higher than the average person.

High glucose in the blood stream means high levels of plaque! When plaque is not removed adequately it becomes tartar.  If tartar is not removed soon by a dentist or hygienist it starts infecting the gums and bone. This will eventually make teeth loose which ultimately results in tooth loss. It is almost impossible for dentists to add bone to support the teeth again.

A diabetic person’s oral care has to be ...

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When Do "Baby" Teeth Come in?

Primary or “Baby” teeth start developing at 4 months of pregnancy. What moms eat matter for the formation of healthy teeth. Medications also play a role on the formation of teeth.

Primary teeth start to erupt at around 4-5 months and the last “baby teeth” come out at 2yr-2 ½ years old. Most of the time teeth have gaps between them and that is a good thing! They are easier to clean and food and bacteria will not get stuck in between teeth. Some children have the two upper central teeth contacting. Make sure to run a floss pick carefully through them to make sure they do not develop cavities. For ...

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A filling is when we restore a tooth with a composite filling that matches the color of your teeth. Your filling is made of the most up-to-date material available and should last for many years. Here is what you can expect after your visit and some home instructions:

Composite fillings harden instantly and are ready for normal use right away; however, you will be numb for an hour or two after your visit, depending on your metabolism, so we recommend that you do not chew anything until the anesthesia wears off. This is to prevent biting and injuring your cheek, lip, or tongue.

If your bite does not feel balanced when you ...

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What is open enrollment?


Open enrollment is a period of time when you can sign up for medical and dental insurance with fewer restrictions than any other times of the year. If you already have insurance, you may change the plan you have to take advantage of better ­­­­­­­­­­­coverage. This is a great time to find out what other options are available to you!

If you are given the choice of HMO or PPO, please note that although HMOs promise more coverage the restrictions are substantial. They typically send you to an assigned provider and the coverage is only for the procedures they list. PPO on the other hand will give ...

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