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Preventing Cavities with Dental Sealants – Dental 4 Less

Ask your dentist about dental sealants and fluoride applications to help protect your child’s teeth. Sealants can prevent food from getting stuck in the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces and topical fluoride will strengthen the enamel against decay. An once of prevention can be well worth the cure. Poor preventive dental care and at home dental habits will cause larger more costly dental needs in the future.

Posted on Jan. 3rd 2023, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Rotten Baby Teeth – Dental 4 Less

When a baby cut a tooth can that tooth come through rotten?   My friend baby is just getting her teeth in and her teeth are already getting bad . She does not know why this is happening. Can her baby just be born with bad teeth?  If so can they be fixed. ?  Just wanting to be able to get her some information that may be helpful to her. 

Answer: You may want to suggest to your friend to see a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist specialize in baby dental care. She may want to check with the dentist to see if the baby has baby bottle tooth decay(BBTD). A toddler can develop BBTD when the baby has prolonged contact with almost any liquid other than water.  

Things your friend my want to avoid is letting her baby sleep with a baby bottle, or letting the child have a baby bottle when she is not feeding. These are examples of how a baby can get BBTD. Baby bottle tooth decay is one way for a baby to have bad or rotten teeth. However, check with the dentist to confirm. 

Another reason for bad baby teeth can be that the teeth do not have the enamel that would normally protect the teeth from decay. This too is something your friend can ask her dentist about. If that is a causing factor see about having sealants. Sealant would then help protect the teeth in question.

Posted on Dec. 2nd 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Teeth Whitening

Question: Can I use bleach to clean and whiten my teeth.

Answer: The simple answer is NO. You do not want to use bleach on your teeth or any other part of your body for that matter. Using beach on you teeth will destroy your tooth enamel, weaken your teeth and damage them permanently. It can also eat in to the nerves, burn your gums lips, and your tongue.

Posted on Nov. 30th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Oral Hygiene

If you notice that your child gums hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or that they are experiencing persistent bad breath issues you should take them in to see their dentist.  The dentist or dental hygienist can help teach them good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.

Posted on Oct. 12th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – What is Good Oral Hygiene

Many people know the importance of having and teaching good oral hygiene.  But what is good oral hygiene? Having good oral hygiene will result in a mouth that looks and smells health.  Which means your teeth are clean and free of food debris, your gums are pink and don not hurt or bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth, and you do not have bad breath issues as a constant problem.

Posted on Oct. 9th 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – What is the Benefit of Fluoride

Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, that helps to prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay.

Posted on Sep. 26th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Smoking and Dental Health

Teach your kids the dangers of smoking. Smokers are four times more likely to develop gum disease than their non-smoking counterparts. Avoid tobacco in any form – cigarettes, pipes, smokeless (spit or chewing) tobacco.

Posted on Aug. 31st 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Dental Insurance Help You to Maintain Regular Dental Visits.

Dental care cost is only going up. Although many people know the importance of having regular dental visits the cost can delay or put off altogether going to the dentist. One way to make dental care more affordable is by having a dental insurance plan in place. 

There are many different types of dental insurance plans from low cost plans to plans that let you choose your own dentist depending on your dental care needs. However most all dental insurance plan types focus on preventive dental care so you can maintain your regular dental visits and your dental heal in order to prevent larger dental care needs in the future

Posted on Aug. 27th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Regular Dental Visits Can Help With Other Related Issues

Did you know that there are some issues that are related to your dental health that you may not have even considered, like having concerns with sleeping or headaches from grinding your teeth. Being able to target and treat these issues is another benefit of regular dentist visits.

Posted on Aug. 24th 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – What is a Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists are mainly concerned with ‘preventive’ dental health care and treating gum disease. Dental hygienist show you correct home care and help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth (usually called a ‘scale and polish’) by removing plaque and tartar.

Posted on Aug. 21st 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Radiation From X Rays

I just got a panoramic x-ray where they take an x-Ray of your whole head with radiation. The lady did not put the lead vest on me. What will happen now? Should I be worry about this? 

Answer: The office should have put the apron on you when taking an X-ray, You should point that out to them and let the dentist know this was not done. 

However there is no need for you to worry about it, the radiation you received from the panoramic x-ray is about the same amount you would get from two days out in the normal sun.

Posted on Jul. 22nd 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Some Signs and Symptoms of Dry Socket

Dry socket is a painful dental condition that can occur after you have a permanent adult tooth extracted.  Here are some signs and symptoms of dry socket.  If you feel like you have dry socket seek out your dentist asap to address your dental health. 

  • Severe pain within a few days after a tooth extraction  
  • Partial or total loss of the blood clot at the tooth extraction site, which you may notice as an empty-looking (dry) socket 
  • Visible bone in the socket 
  • Pain that radiates from the socket to your ear, eye, temple or neck on the same side of your face as the extraction 
  • Bad breath o  r a foul odor coming from your mouth 
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth 
  • Swollen lymph nodes around your jaw or neck  
  • Slight fever 
Posted on Jul. 19th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – How Do I know If I Have Dry Socket

I had my wisdom teeth pulled and and now a week latter my teeth still hurt. Nothing seems to help and I starting to think I may have dry socket.  

Reply:  It can take a while to heal after having wisdom teeth pulled and it is not unnatural to still be hurting even after a week.  Yet the best advise I can give is that you go back in to see your dentist to make sure you are healing correctly.  Also if you do have dry socket the dentist then can address that issue with you too.

Posted on Jul. 16th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – How Do I Find the Best Dental Insurance Plan?

This is a question that comes up quite often whether asked online or over the phone, however, I will tell you there is no sure answer. The real reason why is because no one knows the condition of your teeth except you and your dentist.

The second thing is what “best” means to you? Is it the best price, or deductible, or maybe you need coverage for orthodontics. Anyway I found if you use the web site to compare the dental plans that would be your best start. At least you will have a bunch of dental plans and plan types to compare. Also remember if you have any questions about the plans that our offer member services is always happy to help just call 310-534-3444 M-F 8am – 4pm

Posted on Jul. 4th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Canceling A Dental Insurance Plan.

When buying a dental insurance plan you may want to know about any cancellation clauses.  Some dental insurance plan such as HMOs will require that you buy it for  at least a year before they will cancel out the plan. 

Where as many PPO dental insurance plans will let your cancel at any time (normally with a 30 day written request) they also generally have long term waiting periods that makes it not in your advantage to buy their plan and cancel before any of the waiting periods came up.  Review each plans terms and conditions carefully so that your buy the right dental insurance plan for your needs.

Posted on Jun. 30th 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – PPOs Dental Insurance and Extractions

When buying a new dental PPO insurance plan it is important to understand any of the plans waiting periods for services to be covered and that not all extraction are the in the same class. 

When reviewing plan benefits you may see under basic services extraction and or simple extractions and under major services oral surgery extractions and other oral surgery. This is important to note since this types of services under a PPO plan will normally have waiting periods basic services around six months and majors around a year or more.

Posted on Jun. 27th 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Acute Toothache Pain – Dental 4 Less

Due to my fear of going to the dentist I have not been in to see one in over 8 years. However one of my back top tooth broke due to an old cavity. I work up with sever tooth pain.  I would like to know if there is any home remedies to try to get some relief.  

Answer: To help with the pain.  Cold water can help to give you some relief, you may also try Ibuprofen as needed, and cloves may help just put two or three in your mouth chew them up a little and put them on the gum and bad tooth this will help to numb the toothache.  

However it is very important to understand all you are doing is numbing the pain in one fashion or another you are not fixing the real problem which is the tooth.  By deferring your dental care for eight years you now have this much larger issue going on that will only get worse if continue to go untreated. Many people have dental fears but seeing a dentist is the only way to fix your tooth. You may want to read our blogs about addressing your dental fears as this may help you when you go to the dentist. 

Posted on Jun. 8th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Taking Extra Care of Your Dental Health When You Are Sick.

You want to make sure and brush your teeth immediately after vomiting or coughing up any mucus whenever possible. The germs, acids and food particles dislodged during your ailment can ruin your teeth.

Posted on Jun. 4th 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Changing out Soda Pop

It is not bad to have a soda once in while but whenever possible change it out for a water. As opposed to grabbing a can of soda each and every time you are thirsty, try substituting water instead. By doing this you not only help safeguard your tooth enamel and it can lead to a much healthier lifestyle.

Posted on Jun. 2nd 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Teeth Whitening 

Question: I feel like my teeth are not as white as I would like. I want an easy way to whiten them that does not cost alto of money.  I was told that all I need to do is brush my teeth really hard for at least five minutes with whitening toothpaste will that work? 

Answer: Please do not follow that advise.  Brushing your teeth too hard will not only damage your gums and your teeth as well.  Over time brushing to hard will wear down your tooth enamel. Without the protection of your enamel your teeth are at a higher risk of decay.   There are many good low cost over the counter whitening products that are safe to use. If you are not sure what is best for you talk to your dentist and go over your options.

Posted on May. 21st 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – When Do You Need Teeth Whitening?

If you feel your teeth are yellow or could be more whiter, talk to your dentist about whether or not they recommend whitening treatment. The condition of your teeth, as well as the cause of the stains, will help your dentist determine your best options.

Posted on May. 18th 2022, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Grinding my Teeth While I Have Braces – Dental 4 Less

I had braces now for about six months and I noticed that I been grinding my teeth while I sleep. At first I thought I would stop as soon as I got used to having the braces on but I am still grinding my teeth while I sleep.  I not sure what to do I think the best bet is to get a night guard but since I wear braces and I will be in them for at least a year and a half how do I wear a night guard with braces on?  

Reply: There are night guard that are available for people that have braces such as SmartGuard.  I would look into them and then talk to your dentist to make sure that is a good option for you. 

Posted on May. 3rd 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Can You Whiten Your Teeth With Braces On

Question: I have had my braces for two years now and they are finally coming off in about two months. I would like to whiten my teeth then. I read where some people said whitening toothpaste would work, but won’t that leave spots around the brackets?

Answer: You can not use any whitening products while you have braces on. Regardless of what you would try and use (toothpaste, gel, mouthwash, baking soda, etc) might make the exposed areas of your teeth whiter, but it would not be able to get under your braces. You will need to wait until your braces are removed to consider whitening your teeth. Talk to your dentist for the best options.

Posted on Apr. 30th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Changing Out Your Toothbrush

The American Dental Association, recommends changing your toothbrush every three months. Your toothbrush overtime will go through normal wear and tear and become less effective with removing plaque from your teeth and gums. Studies have found that around three months is when the bristles break down and lose their effectiveness.

Posted on Apr. 7th 2022, by Gina, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »

Dental 4 Less – Reducing Your Dental Care Cost

Negotiate: A little shopping/homework can help save you some money on your dental care needs. You should never assume the asking price for a particular service is the final amount you dental provider will accept.

First: Do some shopping, check to find the average cost of the procedure you need in your area.

Second: Once you know what the going rate is, ask your dentist to accept the rate you find (if his/her is higher) or negotiate for an even lower price. In addition many dental offices will provide a cash discount if you are paying in full for your dental care at the time the service is render

Posted on Jan. 30th 2020, by Dental, in Dental Insurance, No Comments »
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