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FREQUENCY OF DENTAL CLEANINGS Feb 12th, 2020

  So you think 2 times a year is enough? This recommendation was made by insurance companies back in the 1950's when dental insurances were formed. For very few people one cleaning a year is enough for maintenance. They have minimum risk factors for cavities or bone loss. they may...

ARE BABY TEETH IMPORTANT? Nov 3rd, 2018

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...

IF MY DENTAL PLAN DOESN'T COVER TREATMENT MY DENTIST RECOMMENDS, DOES THAT MEAN IT'S NOT NECESSARY? Sep 28th, 2018

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...

HMO OR PPO INSURANCE? Sep 28th, 2018

What choices of dental plans do you have? Which should you pick? HMO- Stands for “Health Maintenance Organization”. In an HMO network Contracted dentists are “pre-paid” a certain amount each month for each patient that has been assigned to that dentist. The offered treatments are limited and the places that offer...

WHAT IS OPEN ENROLLMENT? Sep 22nd, 2018

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...

CLEANINGS AND EXAM Jul 29th, 2018

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Alamo Dentist Dr. Aminda Modrell at your initial dental visit to our dental office.  At regular check-up exams, Dr. Modrell and her hygienist will include the following: Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays...

WHAT IS A WATERPIK? Jun 30th, 2018

Already brushing with a power toothbrush and flossing daily, but still feel like you need something extra in your toolbelt? The Waterpik water flosser might be the next step in your road to better oral health. I know what you might be thinking….. “If I use the Waterpik water flosser...

ARE X-RAYS NECESSARY? May 27th, 2018

X-rays are necessary for quality dental care. It is how dentists detect cavities, monitor bone level and gum health, determine the condition of your ļ¬llings, crowns, bridges, root canals, and develop a baseline to monitor any changes in your oral health. X-rays catch small problems before they become big. Taking...

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MY TEETH PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED? Apr 30th, 2018

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...

A BITE GUARD? WHAT IS THAT? Apr 2nd, 2018

This item has many names: bite guard, night guard, occlusal guard, mouth guard, etc.  It comes in different types of materials and different thickness. The goal of a bite guard is something most of us want: To keep our teeth and dental work from breaking! Most adults grind or clench...

ARE YOU AT RISK OF DIABETIC ORAL PROBLEMS? Mar 31st, 2018

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...

WHY DON'T I HAVE ENOUGH INSURANCE? Mar 11th, 2018

Dental benefit plans help you pay for certain kinds of dental care. Your dental care decisions should take into account more than just what is covered. On average most dental plans offer a maximum benefit of $1,000 per year (This is the same average amount of dental benefit provided 20...

WHY SHOULD I WANT TO FLOSS? Mar 5th, 2018

About 30% of your teeth surface face each other.  These are very close spaces (in between your teeth) where bacteria and food collect. If this is not cleaned on the daily basis the food ferments and bacteria feed from it.  Combine that with the minerals from the saliva, and over...

WHEN DO "BABY" TEETH COME IN? Feb 27th, 2018

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...

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A DENTAL FILLING APPOINTMENT? Jan 28th, 2018

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...