5 Reasons to use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year!

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Did you know that you could actually save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the end of the year?

 

While some dental insurance plans run on a fiscal year, most run on a calendar year. If your dental insurance plan is on a calendar year, these 5 reasons will show you why you should make a dental appointment now.

 

1. Yearly Maximum

The yearly maximum is the most money that the dental insurance plan will pay for your dental work within one full year. This amount varies by insurance company, but the average is around $1,000 per year, per person. The yearly maximum usually renews every year (on January 1 if your plan is on a calendar year). If you have unused benefits, these will not rollover.

2. Deductible

The deductible is the amount of money that you must pay to your dentist out of pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. This fee varies from one plan to another and could be higher if you choose an out-of-network dentist. However, the average deductible for a dental insurance plan is usually around $50 per year. Your deductible also starts again when your plan rolls over.

3. Premiums

If you are paying your dental insurance premiums every month, you should be using your benefits. Even if you don’t need any dental treatment, you should always have your regular dental cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other dental problems.

4. Fee Increases

Another reason to use your benefits before the end of the year are possible fee increases. Some dentists raise their rates at the beginning of the year due to the increased cost of living, materials and equipment. A fee increase can also make your copay higher.

5. Dental Problems Can Worsen

By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. What may be a simple cavity now, could turn into a root canal later. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment to use those benefits.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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The Secret to Fresh Breath

 

Bad breath: We’ve all dealt with it. You’ve been around people who have it and, like it or not, you have had it yourself. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but how do you know if you have it? There is actually a simple test you can do to see if you have bad breath.

Wash your hands well, then put your finger in your mouth, way in the back. Scrape a little saliva from the back of your tongue, and then dab it on the back of your hand. Wait for one minute, then hold your hand to your nose and sniff. Is it fresh as a daisy? Or do you need to keep reading and learn how to freshen your breath?

How Bad Breath Starts

There are several ways that bad breath starts. Knowing the causes of bad breath is a solid start toward the cure.

  • The bacteria in your mouth: Bacteria is always in your mouth. It covers your gums, hides between your teeth, and hangs out on your tongue. As it multiplies, it produces toxins that cause the foul odor in your mouth.
  • Your bad habits: If you smoke cigarettes, a pipe, or cigars, or chew tobacco, you are not only harming your mouth and body, you are creating some really smelly breath.
  • Your tonsils: If you still have your tonsils, they can be the cause of bad breath. They are pitted, so smelly substances can collect in the pits and lead to bad breath.
  • Stomach issues: A stomach virus, ulcer, GERD, and other stomach issues could be the cause of your bad breath. A low-carb diet can put your body into a state of ketosis, which causes very bad breath.
  • The foods you eat: Garlic, onion, and other pungent foods will linger with you … on your breath.

Tips for Busting Bad Breath

Achieving fresh breath isn’t difficult, but it does require a little work. Try these tips for fresher breath and a healthier mouth.

  • Brush your teeth after every meal. You can also pick up a tongue scraper to use a couple of times a day to remove any lingering bacteria on your tongue.
  • Floss once a day to remove food particles between your teeth as well as plaque. Your mouth will thank you.
  • Gargle with special mouthwash to banish bad breath. The oxygen in it will kill the bacteria in your mouth that is causing your bad breath, and leave you fresh as a daisy!
  • Drink water to avoid dry mouth, which is a common cause of bad breath.
  • Ease your tummy troubles with antacids and other remedies. Ginger tea is a great tummy tamer.
  • Chew gum that contains xylitol. Saliva keeps your mouth moist, and chewing gum makes you salivate. Bye bye, bad breath!
  • Eat yogurt. It contains “good” bacteria that helps balance your gut and gives you a healthier mouth.
  • Soothe your sinuses. Sinus infections can cause you to have bad breath. Actually, it is the post-nasal drip that causes the foul odor. Cure the infection and your breath will improve.
  • Avoid all tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff).
  • Eat a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.

And don’t forget! Get regular dental checkups at Square 1 Dental.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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Are Your Kids Back To School Ready?

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An important, but sometimes neglected, part of back to school preparations is a small refresher of the importance of oral hygiene and its effect on overall well-being. When left untreated, dental issues can have a serious impact on your child’s ability to focus and perform to the best of their ability.

Whether your child is elementary or university aged, we’ve got a few tips for how they can cultivate an A+ smile!

Below are four key components to maintaining oral health throughout the hectic school year:

  1. Regular dental examinations: Dental examinations at regular intervals are crucial to diagnosing and treating dental issues. Dentists are able to see the oral health issues that we can’t, and they can take precautions to prevent minor problems from developing into major ones. A deep cleaning at the beginning of the year will also help your child start the school year off on the right foot!
  2. Regular brushing and flossing: We all know the importance of brushing after each meal and flossing at least twice a day. With the hustle and bustle during the academic year, these things are sometimes neglected. When purchasing back to school supplies, picking up a small travel dental kit will both facilitate and encourage regular brushing. But remember, brushes should be changed every three months or immediately after an illness.
  3. Healthy lunches free from excess sugar: Healthy meals and snacks are a key part of promoting the health of teeth and gums. Foods rich in calcium are important to the development of teeth and bones, especially if your children are young and their smiles are just developing. Sugary snacks, although a big hit with kids, can encourage the production of harmful bacteria and cause tooth decay. Try to limit the consumption of sweet snacks by replacing them with tasty and healthy alternatives (like the ones in our newsletter!).
  4. Mouth guard, if participating in organized sports: Whenever there is a possibility of contact either with other competitors or any immovable objects, we highly recommend the use of a mouth guard to ensure that your child’s smile is protected. Although there are many over the counter options available, for the highest level of protection we recommend a custom-fitted mouth guard that is made specifically for your child’s smile.

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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Why you may need a Crown

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Why you may need a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a very common treatment, and crowns are used to address several oral health issues. Our team of dentists and any of our three locations can help you figure out the best treatment options to suit your needs, and we can make the process of getting a dental crown easy!

Why get a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns, in many cases, are the best way to prolong the life of a damaged tooth. Here’s some of the reasons that your dentist may recommend a crown:

Broken tooth: If you have broken a tooth from an injury, that tooth may need to be protected with a crown. This depends on the severity of the break, and your dentist can help you make the right choice for your needs.
Severe cavity: In some cases, a cavity may be still be used as the treatment to remove decay from your tooth, but if the opening from the decay is too large, your dentist may place a crown to ensure that the tooth is stable enough to be used like normal.
Root canals: In the case of severe tooth decay, a dental crown is often the last step. Similar to just a severe cavity, your tooth needs stability and protection after your nerves and the decay have been removed.
Bridges: If you are getting a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, dental crowns may be used to hold the bridge in place. Dental crowns are often placed on each surrounding tooth to hold the bridge over the missing tooth space.
Dental crowns can be made from several materials, including full metal, Zirconia, porcelain and metal together, or full porcelain. Porcelain is one of the most popular choices today as it is one of the strongest and most durable options, and because it looks very much like a natural tooth!

If you have any questions, or if you think you might need dental crowns, don’t hesitate to contact our office today for more information. We look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always wanted!

 

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

While we try to prevent them whenever possible, dental accidents may happen to most of us. When faced with a dental emergency, there are several things that can be done to alleviate the problem until our emergency dental care at Square One Dental can solve the issue completely. If your particular dental emergency poses a threat to your immediate health, you should seek treatment from an urgent care or emergency room facility.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are many types of dental emergencies, ranging from minor to severe, such as:

Knocked out or partially dislodged teeth – When trauma causes a tooth or teeth to get completely dislodged, try and reinsert the tooth back into its spot within an hour for the best chance to have it reattached. If it doesn’t fit, you can keep it in a saline solution or a glass of milk until your dentist can provide treatment. Similarly, if the tooth becomes partially knocked out of place, the best practice is to seek treatment immediately while alleviating swelling and discomfort through the use of ice and over-the-counter pain medicine.

Broken, cracked, and chipped teeth, crown, or filling – Often times, these can happen without you experiencing pain or discomfort, allowing for less urgency in getting the repair done. When a tooth or restoration is damaged, a piece of sugarless gum can provide a temporary cover to the area until your emergency dental appointment. For crowns that fall out, dental adhesive can be purchased at your supermarket to hold them temporarily in place.

Abscesses
Abscesses are infections that damage healthy tissue in the mouth and can lead to systemic infections if not treated soon enough. Abscesses aren’t detectable without having imaging done, though symptoms appear as a bump or a pimple on the gum. A trained specialist can tend to this discomfort and prescribe antibiotics to eliminate it.

Other Urgent Oral Health Issues
Excessive bleeding is a situation you will want to immediately address with a to trip urgent care. Sometimes dental work leaves patients with sensitive or painful sites that need correcting. Those patients with braces may experience a broken bracket or snapped wire that will need to be addressed quickly to maintain effective treatment.

Contact us at Square One Dental Today!
At Square One Dental, we offer emergency dental care services. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact us at 905.270.7206 for assistance.

What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

While we try to prevent them whenever possible, dental accidents may happen to most of us. When faced with a dental emergency, there are several things that can be done to alleviate the problem until our emergency dental care at Square One Dental can solve the issue completely. If your particular dental emergency poses a threat to your immediate health, you should seek treatment from an urgent care or emergency room facility.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are many types of dental emergencies, ranging from minor to severe, such as:

Knocked out or partially dislodged teeth – When trauma causes a tooth or teeth to get completely dislodged, try and reinsert the tooth back into its spot within an hour for the best chance to have it reattached. If it doesn’t fit, you can keep it in a saline solution or a glass of milk until your dentist can provide treatment. Similarly, if the tooth becomes partially knocked out of place, the best practice is to seek treatment immediately while alleviating swelling and discomfort through the use of ice and over-the-counter pain medicine.

Broken, cracked, and chipped teeth, crown, or filling – Often times, these can happen without you experiencing pain or discomfort, allowing for less urgency in getting the repair done. When a tooth or restoration is damaged, a piece of sugarless gum can provide a temporary cover to the area until your emergency dental appointment. For crowns that fall out, dental adhesive can be purchased at your supermarket to hold them temporarily in place.

Abscesses
Abscesses are infections that damage healthy tissue in the mouth and can lead to systemic infections if not treated soon enough. Abscesses aren’t detectable without having imaging done, though symptoms appear as a bump or a pimple on the gum. A trained specialist can tend to this discomfort and prescribe antibiotics to eliminate it.

Other Urgent Oral Health Issues
Excessive bleeding is a situation you will want to immediately address with a to trip urgent care. Sometimes dental work leaves patients with sensitive or painful sites that need correcting. Those patients with braces may experience a broken bracket or snapped wire that will need to be addressed quickly to maintain effective treatment.

Contact us at Square One Dental Today!
At Square One Dental, we offer emergency dental care services. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact us at 905.270.7206 for assistance.

Picnic Your Way to a Healthy Summer Smile!

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A great outdoor meal with family or friends is always a welcome way to celebrate the beginning of summer, but did you know that some of your favorite seasonal foods may be hurting your smile? Here are a few popular picnic foods that are good for your teeth to help you plan for your next picnic.

Things to include on your picnic shopping list:

  • Watermelon is not just a healthy summer side dish; it can also trigger the natural cleansing mechanisms in your mouth. Since it’s 93% water, your saliva glands will be stimulated and able to clean more proficiently. Other fruits that are high in Vitamin C, such as berries, oranges and kiwi, are great options as well.
  • Cheese is low in sugar and acid, but has a surplus of calcium to help strengthen teeth. It’s a feel-good food that makes everyone a little happier to “say cheese.”
  • Celery and other raw vegetables high in Vitamin A are fibrous and are good for your teeth. But not many veggies go the extra mile like celery to break down into smaller strands that help keep your mouth clean.
  • Yogurt is a popular refrigerator item for many people, but some neglect it. This summer, it’s time to refresh this simple treat. It may require you to bring a picnic cooler, but it’s worth it for the calcium and phosphates that will help to “remineralize” your teeth.
  • Water is necessary to hydrate on a hot summer day, but tap water and bottled water that contain fluoride will make your dentist happy as well because fluoride helps to neutralize the acids that tear away your tooth’s enamel. In addition to strengthening your teeth, water will rinse any residue away. If you don’t want to splurge on bottled water, the tap water containing fluoride will do the trick! The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that 67% of the United States population consuming tap water is drinking water with fluoride levels that are good for your teeth.

Things to skip on your shopping list:

  • Dried fruit can be a healthy snack, but when it comes to your teeth, try to avoid stickier selections. Dried, sticky fruits can get stuck to teeth, increasing the potential risk for decay.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly can fill everyone’s occasional craving, especially when packing for a day in the sun, but it’s a cavity culprit because you’re mixing sticky peanut butter with sugary jelly. The sticky sugars also glue together two slices of starch-filled bread, which famously gets trapped in the nooks and crannies of your pearly whites when eaten.
  • Soda – both the diet and regular kinds – wears away the enamel of your teeth and makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Skip the soda and stick to an ice cold glass of water.
  • Barbecue sauce is a sticky and sugary concoction that can cause problems if it is exposed to the surface of your teeth for an extended period. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly to wipe away any residue.
  • Popcorn pieces between teeth could cause an internal temper tantrum for any mouth cavity. When you pack popcorn snacks, be sure to brush and floss, even when you don’t immediately realize that chunks may be stuck between your teeth.

With proper care and intake in moderation, there is no need to worry. You don’t need to skip the above items every time you enjoy a picnic. When deciding to eat these items, try to keep oral health in the back of your mind.  Rinse your mouth immediately following consumption to clear the residue, and brush and floss as soon as possible.
Enjoy the summer! Let’s keep the corners of your mouth confidently pointed upward all summer long.

If you’re concerned your dental health, Square 1 Dental Center can help. We provide general family dentistry as well as cosmetic enhancements and restorative procedures. Contact us today at 905-270-7206 and make an appointment.

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http://www.tomsriverdentalcare.com/summer-foods-can-harm-your-teeth/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/foods-teeth_n_1282404.html
http://www.mountainsidedentistry.com/best-summer-time-foods-for-your-teeth/