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Taking care of your teeth is something that is necessary in order to have great dental health as well as good overall health. A very important part of taking care of your teeth is regularly visiting the dentist. The dentist does not only take care of problems in the mouth such as cavities, but he or she also helps you to avoid problems by seeing their potential early on and giving you the necessary steps to avoid them. Because dentists play such an important role in your oral health choosing a dentist is very important. Maybe you have worked with the same dentist all your life but you move and have to choose a new one. Maybe you are not comfortable with your current dentist so you want to change. Whatever the case, it is important that you know how to choose a good dentist.

The first thing to do when choosing a dentist is to find out the names of all the dentists in the area. This may not be just in your city. If you live in an area with a lot of people and all the cities are close together you may look up dentists in many different cities. You will want to look up dentists whose offices are in a reasonable distance of your home. Maybe you think a reasonable distance if fifteen minutes and maybe you think a reasonable distance is forty-five minutes. Whatever distance you are comfortable with, look up all the dentists within that area.

The next thing you will want to do is research these scholars. Where did they go to school? How much education do they have? Did they go to a school that puts out reliable dentists or did they go to a school in the boonies that you have never heard of? Find out whether they are family dentists, pediatric dentists or dentists who prefer to work only with adult teeth. Find out how long they have been in business. In short, research things about them that will help you determine whether or not you would trust them as a dentist.

As a part of your research you will want to know what other people have to say about the scholars in the area. Who do people like and who do they not like? Ask your neighbors and friends which dentist they use and which they are most comfortable with. Ask them why they feel the way they do and have the opinions that they have. Maybe there is something that they do not like about a certain dentist that does not make you uncomfortable. Maybe there is something that they love about a certain dentist that does not appeal to you. Find out what other people have to say.

Finally, you will want to meet the dentists if you can. Schedule a one time appointment so that you can meet them and see what they are like in their work environment. You can have the opportunity to watch them with other people and see how they work. One dentist may be a really nice guy but maybe you just do not like the way he works as a dentist. Another dentist may seem a little gruff but maybe he is very gentle with your teeth. You will want to meet the different dentists because in the end it is important that you go with the dentist that you are most comfortable with or that your children (if you are looking for a pediatric dentist) are most comfortable with. The best way to find out who you are most comfortable with is by meeting them.

Source by Dr.

Dental Health

Last month, I had my first dental check up in 18 months and I wanted to record my experience – a lot has changed in the last 18 months, in terms of my lifestyle and diet. So here is a report on my current dental health – the dental health of a person whose life has changed considerably for the better.

When I went for my last dental check up, I was smoking 20 cigarettes as day, I was drinking sugar filled white wine, 6-8 pints of coffee a day, I was eating sweet sugary processed foods constantly and I ate lots of jelly sweets. Like all good people though, I brushed my teeth twice a day and swilled with mouthwash – this is enough right?

How Was My Dental Health 18 Months Ago

When I visited the dentist for a check up 18 months ago, the visit resulted in me having a filling because a cavity had worsened and needed refilling, I needed a scale and polish because my teeth were brown (from nicotine and copious amounts of coffee), tartar had collected around all of my teeth and the dentist was considering capping another tooth. Not good right? There is no hiding your lifestyle from a dentist – she knew I smoked, she knew that I was drinking more alcohol than I should have been, she knew about my coffee habit and about my addiction to sugar!! I was shocked. The toothpaste I was using, was the same toothpaste that is widely available worldwide in all supermarkets, and I didn’t always buy the most expensive toothpaste either.

It was just after this visit, that I was told by my physician that I was heading for a fatal heart attack unless my lifestyle improved and when I met my health mentor and began my journey into organic life.

What Changed?

Those who don’t know my story, might be wondering what I changed in order to impact on my dental health.

• I quit smoking – something that I was worried about doing, as when my first wife’s mother stopped smoking her teeth crumbled, leaving her with dentures at the age of 40. My teeth were fine

• I stopped drinking tea and coffee, substituting it for hot water with lemon and ginger. Lemon can help to neutralize the naturally occurring acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay. To have healthy teeth, you need a neutral pH in your mouth – it should be between 6.5 and 7.5 – this is done by eating the correct foods and drinking the correct drinks. I check the pH in my mouth weekly, as it is a good indicator of overall health – papers can be purchased for next to nothing on the internet – and a healthy pH in the mouth means healthy teeth!

• I stopped eating sweets, junk food and processed foods and using refined sugars (sucrose) which meant that I was getting no refined sugars at all in contact with my teeth – these are one of the main causes of tooth decay

• I started eating natural, organic, fresh, whole foods 80-90% of the time – these contain fructose, a naturally occurring sugar that is processed completely differently by the body and does not rot your teeth (despite the popular misconception that the natural sugar in fruits is just as bad as the refined sugar that is in sweets or that you put in your drinks, or which makes up 50% of a can of soda!!) Also eating some of these raw will work towards neutralizing plaque acid and cleansing the surface of the teeth

• I began making my very own toothpaste something that the Egyptians and Aztecs did thousands of years ago and indigenous tribes still do – this is made of just 4 ingredients and is inexpensive to make – sodium bicarbonate, salt, mineral water and peppermint essential oil which is optional. Sodium bicarbonate and salt act to neutralize acid in your mouth some more. This is a gritty paste which works really well to whiten the teeth and clean off any build up of tartar. We also use an organic flouride free aloe toothpaste, which is commercially available and contains no chemicals.The toothpastes most people use contain:

– flouride (contrary to popular belief, this is not good for the body – it is actually a poisonous chemical that was a toxic waste from the production of fertilizers and such like – you only have to do a small amount of research to find out the facts about flouride and they are scary!);

– abrasives which include aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s) and silicon and are known at times to be so abrasive that they damage tooth enamel; detergents the main one being sodium lauryl sulfate which has been linked to many diseases;

– humectants – chemicals to stop your toothpaste from drying out, such as glyceril (if my toothpaste dries out then I just add more spring water!!);

– thickeners such as carageenan (a known carcinogenic);

– preservatives which stop bacteria growing in your toothpaste the main ones being parabens which are known to mimic the effects of estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer – if kept in an air tight container, then my toothpaste will not grow bacteria;

– sweeteners – saccharine is generally used, but it also has a small effect on increasing the likelihood of cavities;

– flavoring – necessary to cover up the taste of the detergents, toothpaste would taste horrible without them – the flavoring in my toothpaste is optional, it tastes fine without it;

– coloring – E numbers, to make your toothpaste blue or green or white – toothpaste would look disgusting without these

Weird isn’t it that something that is so simple and cheap to make for yourself contains so many ingredients, some to counteract the effects of other ingredients and others which damage your overall physical health. If they do this to your body, imagine what they are doing to your dental health – as we saw, some of the abrasives used can destroy the enamel on your teeth. Our abrasive is Himalayan salt, a natural substance that dissolves in water.

• The final thing that changed was, for the month before my checkup, I was doing our cinnamon and honey road test so was drinking a couple of mugs of cinnamon and honey in hot water per day. This has been used (I discovered when I started the road test) for thousands of years by indigenous people for freshening breath and maintaining oral hygiene and dental health

What Was The Result Of My Latest Checkup

My dentist did a lot of “Mmmm” ing and “Aah” ing as she poked around my mouth. She then asked me what I was doing differently – as I said, you can’t get anything past them! So I ‘fessed up – I told her everything that I have listed above, including telling her that for the most part I use my own homemade toothpaste. Her reaction was “Wow!” one of a shaking head and disbelief. She then told me that my teeth were in “better condition than ever before”, they were “the healthiest she had ever seen them” and that my gums were no longer receding and were coming back up the teeth. Tartar build up was virtually non-existent! Vindication that what I am doing is working and that my overall dental health has IMPROVED since I changed my lifestyle.

Still going to use your regular toothpaste?

Source by Dale Preece-Kelly

After undergoing dental surgery, it might not be pleasant for you. Pain in teeth or jawbones, swollen gums, bleeding teeth are common after a dental surgery. But if you take enough care, the pain and wounds heal quickly. During this period, it is crucial to maintain an infection free environment in the mouth because, it is not possible to provide a sterilized condition there.

In this article, we discuss tips to follow for maintaining oral health after undergoing a dental procedure.

Avoid rinsing for the first 24 hours of dental surgery

After having undergone dental procedure, avoid rinsing your mouth for at least 24 hours. Next day, add ½ teaspoon common salt to a cup of lukewarm water. Take a little water into mouth and gently move your head to allow water to run around in the mouth. Rinse four to six times a day for removing germs.

Avoid noisy rinsing, it may hurt gums where surgery was performed. Stay away from eating stored foods, having alcohol and tobacco for at least two weeks.

If you had root canal treatment or gum graft, avoid using a brush for at least a week. To get rid of bad breath, soak a sterilized cloth in salt-water and gently clean around teeth. Avoid touching jawbones where surgery was performed. If you do, it may cause infection and the surgical procedure done may fail.

Avoid opening the mouth forcibly

After dental surgery, your jawbones tend to become stiff and unpleasant because, dental procedure makes your mouth to open wide for long hours. This makes hard to open mouth even for a week.

To cure this difficulty (in opening mouth), massage gently on the face and around the jawbones using a moist cloth. Forcing your mouth to open wide will not help.

Avoid chewing on the wound

The dentist may cover your tooth with gauze pad to stop bleeding from the portion where surgery was done. You need to remain calm for at least an hour, take rest and keep your head raised to stop excess bleeding. Since you do not make any movement in the oral cavity, saliva and blood get mixed up and it gives you an appearance of bleeding. During this period, avoid chewing on the gauze pad or on the wounded portion, no matter how much it irritates you. When your gums are bleeding, avoid hard and chewy foods.

Avoid applying heat near the swollen area

Dental surgery may cause swelling near wounded portion. This swelling may remain for at least a week depending on the extent of surgery. The swollen jaw muscle gives you unusual facial appearance and this might tempt you to apply heat to reduce the swollen area.

But in reality, applying massage with hot material tends to increase blood flow, which in turn increases swelling. Massage gently around the jaw muscles on the face. Give cold massage using an ice cube in a piece of cloth or towel for 10 minutes and repeat the process for every hour. This helps you restore jaw muscles rather than increasing swelling.

Take soft food – rich in protein and vitamins

To aid healing of wounds, your diet should include soft foods that are rich in proteins and vitamins. The soft food sources include milk products, eggs, bananas, fruit juices, etc. Have vitamin supplements like vitamin C, which helps heal wounds. Have multi-vitamin pills, at least once a day. Try to chew and take in food from opposite side of wounds. If you allow food on wounded region it could lead to growth of germs around the wound. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt-water.

Avoid placing finger or other objects on teeth

Avoid using fingers, tongue, cheek, or other objects on teeth, even if it irritates you after dental surgery. Frequent touching with fingers could cause infection around the wound. To clean near the wounded region, use sterilized cloth. Replace the cloth for every use.

Ensure to get checked by qualified dentists. This will help you improve the over-all oral health condition with fewer complications.

Source by Henry A Blodget

Over the recent years, the UK dentistry market has seen significant growth, with the market value rising by around 90% between 1999 and 2010. The market is estimated to be valued £5.73 billion a year. In the UK, there 49, 350 dental care professionals and another 32,900 who are working in the general practice sector.

As a dentist, your most valuable assets are your patients. And it’s not simply a matter of new dental patients that your practice brings. To successfully start a dental marketing campaign, it is important to know the value of each patient to your practice. The total profit, delivered over time by those patients is what can break or make your dentistry business. If you are to retain a steady and growing number of patients, you must also now what keeps them happy.

For instance, considerable portions of the Irish people are now opting to receive their cosmetic dental treatments abroad in countries such as Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and Eastern Europe. Dental clinics in some of these countries offering their patients savings of up to 70% on what Dublin has to offer. Perhaps these countries add more value to their dental patients, underlying the significance of why your practice needs to re-evaluate its marketing strategies.

Value of a New Dental Patient

The majority of dentistry practices channel a part of their overall marketing budgets to acquiring and locating new patients. The amount that should go towards attracting new patients will, of course, vary substantially from one dental clinic to another. It goes without saying that the dollars going into marketing efforts geared to attracting a new patient must not exceed that patient’s lifetime value to the practice.

This makes calculating the value of a new patient a vital component in determining the most prudent way of allocating your marketing budget. However, marketing experts, have a widely ranging estimate when it comes to a new client’s long-term value. Some have placed the estimates at just a couple of hundred dollars, while others place it well over $10,000.

A Wealthy Dentist survey that revealed that out of the 68 dentistry survey respondents, only a quarter had ever tried estimating the value of a new dental patient. Generally, the estimated value of new patients given by the respondents was in the range of $200 to $3,000, with per dental patient average of between $900 and $1,200.

Determining Patient Lifetime Value

To build meaningful dentist-patient relationships, you need to have an estimate of the lifetime value each dental patient brings. This way, you can structure and market your practice strategically with the goal of maximizing revenue and taking your business to the next level. The concept of Customer Lifetime Value or CLV is an estimation of the total value of a customer to a business during the entire period you have an engagement.

For any business, Customer Lifetime Value is an indispensable marketing measurement tool. It is particularly critical for businesses that are relationship-driven like dentistry. Among the factors to consider in estimating CLV for your particular clinic includes:

• Lifelong Relationship: Total duration that an average patient spends at your dentistry.

• Average Annual Value: Revenue made annually from each patient.

• Client Referral Value: Patients referred by your average client.

In calculating the lifetime value of an average patient, the following formula is useful:

Lifetime Patient Value = Lifelong Relationship x Average Annual Value + Client Referral Value

Importance of Patient Lifetime Value Calculation

Once you have an estimate of a new dental patient’s lifetime value, it becomes possible to make decisions that are more informed in regard to advertising and marketing. You will certainly not want to spend more resources on acquiring new patients than what they bring to your dental practice in their lifetime.

When you have a clear idea of the current worth of each new patient, it also gives you a guide client target figure that needs to be exceeded. If, for example, you think the new customer is worth $500 and you have invested $5000 in a patient postcard campaign, then, for you to consider your campaign a success, you will need to bring over 10 new patients.

Alternative valuation method

Another method of estimating the worth of a new dental patient is by asking yourself the amount of money you would be ready to receive from another dentist were you “selling” one of your patients. Would you, for example, be willing to receive less than $400? In all probability, you would ask for more.

Many times, dental patients seeking services during an emergency tend to go back to the dentist they see regularly. In such a scenario, when calculating patient value, consider how you can convert that emergency patient into a regular one. Improve the lifetime worth of your dental patients and your dentistry office will become more valuable and successful.

Conclusion

Armed with how to calculate the value of your new dental patients and why you need to do the estimation, your dentistry practice will be in a position of making marketing decisions that are more informed leading to higher Return-On-Investment. The Customer Lifetime Value measurement methodology helps you in assessing the profitability of specific marketing and promotional efforts. It guides in highlighting which promotional efforts should be abandoned or kept. If you can enhance the lifetime value of each dental patient, your practice will experience steady gains in profitability over the long-run

Source by Sammy M Mwatha

What is a discount dental plan?

Discount dental plans are plans designed for individuals, families, and groups who are looking to get a deal and save money on their dental care needs. The dentists and dental care providers who are participating in these plans have agreed to accept a lower fee than they would otherwise charge from their members as payment in full for the services they perform. As a plan member you simply show your membership card when visiting a participating dentist to receive the discounted fees.

What is the difference between discount dental plans and insurance plans?

To be eligible for a dental insurance plan, you have to actually apply, be eligible and be approved for the insurance. Potential members with ongoing health problems may be denied insurance, or have such high premiums that the dental insurance is not worth the trouble. Moreover, dental insurance plans have annual limits as well as deductibles that may limit the benefits you can derive one from the insurance plan. Another advantage of a dental plan over dental insurance is that you are able to receive a discount for procedures that are not usually covered by dental insurance, such as teeth whitening.

How do discount dental plans for groups and businesses work?

Businesses can offer their employees many money-saving dental care options without offering insurance and the high overhead costs it entails. In this way employees can choose their plans that fit their individual needs and have no annual limits. Also since it is a plan and not an insurance there are no health restrictions and no paperwork hassles that come with insurances. Needless to say these type of plans provide employers with a cheaper alternative to group dental insurance with all the hassles that brings with it. Dental care plans are available to groups of all sizes, including retirees, part-time workers and employees uninsured defendants compared to insurance. Moreover both the employer and the employees can save substantial amounts of money by reducing payroll taxes since many dental care plans qualify under section 125 cafeteria plans of the Tax Code.

Why would dentists accept to participate in discount dental plans?

Dentists can reach more patients, retain them, and also reactivate them by using a discount dental plan. Their dental practice can offer a viable solution to those patients who are under-insured or those who have no dental insurance at all. Dentists can reach more patients by bringing in the new patients by inviting them to take advantage of the potential savings that are offered by such plans. Dentists can also retain their patients by offering a solution to them that would otherwise be unaffordable without a discount on their services. Moreover dentists can motivate idle patients to sign up for new treatments or continue their treatment program by offering the significant savings through the plan. This would translate into increased revenue for the dentists because they receive payment directly from the patients rather than have to wait for the insurance company to pay them. They also avoid a lot of hassle and paperwork that dental insurance plans bring with them. Also they avoid the risk of the insurance company postponing payment or refusing to pay them.

How do I find a discount dental plan?

There are plenty of online companies to offer discount dental plans depending on your location within the United States. The first step is to find one of these companies. Usually you would be asked to enter your ZIP code so that the website can find participating plans and participating dentists in your area. Thus, you will then be shown a listing of all participating dental plans and dentists in your area from which you can choose you would be able to see the yearly membership rates for an individual and family, and also the earliest activation date of the plan which is usually one or two days from the present day.

You will also be able to see the plan features and highlights as well as a sample plan savings for a variety of dental procedures. For example, you might find that a root canal treatment for a molar may cost $1100 without the dental plan, however you would receive a savings of more than $500 if you participate in the plan so that you end up being around $600.

Discounts usually vary between 30% and 60% for any given dental procedure. It’s important to note that plan savings are based on geographical areas so that the fee schedules and savings will vary between two areas within a city, or between two states. Also, fees and discounts will vary between different providers within the same ZIP code. Once you sign up you will receive a welcome letter and your membership card as well as support and contact documentation.

Source by Chris MacClintock

Cosmetic dentistry is known as a number of dental treatments intended to make improvements to a person's visual appeal by way of enhancing smile and repairing chipped, cracked, crooked, lacking, stained, and unevenly spaced teeth.

A client can pick from a good amount of Richmond cosmetic dentistry treatments to reestablish health and vitality of their smile.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures include services such as teeth whitening, tooth-color fillings, veneers, crowns, and bridges.

Cosmetic dentistry methods and treatments are connected by dental professionals like Richmond cosmetic dentists to repair minor teeth issues to severe teeth coloration, uneven teeth, missing teeth and unevenly spacing between teeth.

Here is a list of common aesthetic dentistry methods practiced by expert cosmetic dentists just like Richmond cosmetic dentist.

Tooth Whitening

You will find two techniques to whiten your teeth – and these are laser teeth whitening or at-home teeth whitening.

Laser teeth whitening is accomplished in the cosmetic dentist's office whereas at-home teeth whitening entails the application of take-home teeth whitening kits. Even so, if you wish to obtain fast teeth whitening results therefore laser teeth whitening is the earliest option to choose.

Dental Implants

These are typically artificial roots that are implanted in the jaw and are each topped with a prosthetic tooth. When you've got missing teeth, dental implants create a qualified restoration and cosmetic dentistry solution.

Dental Bonding

This is actually the application of tooth-colored composite to the teeth. It uses a bonding material which can be polished and shaped to appear like the rest of the teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

They are simply ceramic shells used or applied to the front of the teeth so that you can hide chips and cracks in addition to overlay gaps. Porcelain veneers in fact produce a whiter appearance to a person's smile.

Dental Crowns

This is usually a cap which is utilized to fix terribly decayed or damaged teeth. The crown is generally made from a mold of the original tooth, and then it's employed immediately after the elimination of the moratorium then when the tooth is ready.

Dental Bridges

This is referred to as a solid structure composed of 2 crowns and a prosthetic tooth which are utilized to bridge the gaps of missing teeth.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

These are an attractive substitute for silver amalgam fillings. This is usually referred to as "white" fills, an amalgamated resin material matched to the natural shade of your teeth.

A lot of patients are unsure to undergo cosmetic dental work or treatment for the reason that they think and feel that the price is not affordable. This is actually one false impression concerning cosmetic dentistry. What they do not know is that you will find plenty of inexpensive cosmetic dentistry treatment options along with a number of hassle-free cosmetic dentistry financing plans that will help assist with the price of more extensive aesthetic treatment. All you have to do is to get more information regarding cosmetic dentistry financing.

Your smile is really important and clearly it really is how others first see you. Investing in your smile brings numerous advantages. Thus, in case you have decided to invest in your smile, it is critical to go for a professional cosmetic dentist. The step to acquiring natural looking results is to find a professional cosmetic dentist with artistic vision and who has mastered the newest cosmetic dentistry methods.

Source by Viola Taylor

Dora is one of the most popular Nick Jr. Characters, and fortunately, there are many online printable Dora theme party pictures and coloring pages. There are also plenty of Dora party items, like plates, party favors, cups, and games available at party specialty stores, online, or in department stores.

First consider the age of the birthday boy or girl, and formulate a guest list accordingly. The general age range for Dora birthday parties is from age two to six. Depending on the age, the guest list, and the appropriate activities will vary. A two-year-old will be happiest and most comfortable with a smaller crowd of familiar faces, a six-year-old may choose to invite her whole class or Sunday school class for the party as well as family members. The key is making the party appropriate for the age group.

Invitations should be sent, preferably with a map to the party location, specifying the exact date and time for the party. Including the exact time the party will begin and end, and whether or not transportation will be provided. If you plan to provide transport, the guests should RSVP with directions to their home. Be sure to ask a few helpful adults or teenagers to assist you with party supervision, and everything should run smoothly.

Most local bakeries can scan a photo, and make a cake decorated from that photo. Just look around ahead of time for those and order early. You can even pick up the cake a couple of days early and freeze it to save time.

Dora Party Activities

Print a photo of Dora and several backpacks, and take them to be enlarged and laminated. The party goers can be blindfolded and pin the back pack on Dora (rather than the tail on the donkey) the one who pins it on the best gets to choose a prize from the Dora Prize backpack!

Each child can be given a graham cracker, and they can choose from squirt on icing and different sprinkles or chocolate chips to decorate the cookies, but have plenty of wet wipes available, and just allow the children to eat their masterpieces when they finish.

Dora Party Favors

Make backpacks for each child using purple melt, purple yarn to sew the pieces together with a large yarn needle. Hot glue on wiggly eyes and a piece of white felt for the mouth. These can be personalized with white craft paint, or simply filled with various party favors and given to each child before they leave the party.

Staying with the Mexican theme, you can provide each child with one of the prepackaged soft taco kits (the kind in the refrigerator section that come with a drink and do not have to be reheated) or make soft tacos at home. Just be sure to have plenty to drink, because children work hard at these parts, and get thirsty. With these simple hints and ideas, your child is bound to have the best Dora the Explorer Party imaginable, and all the guests are bound to leave happy!

Dora-the-Explorer-Birthday-Party:-Learning-the-Right-Way!&id=349562″>Source by Gail Leino

If you've been making frequent visits to different dentists, you should notice that some equipment and instruments they use look strikingly the same. These dental equipment and instruments are essential for a dentist to complete his dental work. Although some of the equipment your local dentist uses may look old, they function just as well as newer ones. Look for these rudimentary dental equipment and instruments whenever you have the time to browse the treatment room.

Dental Chair

The dental chair is probably the most predominant piece of dental equipment in the treatment room. Dentists either purchase brand new or refurbished dental chairs when they start public practice. Regardless of condition, comfort, stability, and utility are the three key factors that sets a good dental chair from a bad one. The first dental chair was introduced in 1970 and has continued to evolve to suit different dental office aesthetics and to provide more utility, like the ability to purify running water, sport LCD displays, and improved spinal support specifically designed for older patients.

Saliva Ejector

You probably recognize a saliva ejector running because of the ambient noise it produces. The saliva ejector makes it easy to vacuum out intrive saliva while performing an operation by way of the suction tubes. Do not worry though, as a saliva ejector will not dry out your mouth, only the excess saliva produced by the body during awkward mouth positions is filtered out by the machine.

Examination Instruments

The dentists use examination instruments to peer into the mouth, look for the cause of the pain, and finally work on the damaged or infected tooth.

The mouth mirror is used to peer into hard-to-view areas of the mouth, like the back and gaps of cavities. The mouth mirror is also used by the dentist to thump a tooth to see if it draws pain.

The dental explorer has a hook that services a scraper for minor plaque and tartar buildup. It is also used to sensitize the tooth and see if it produces any tingling sensation from the patient. The dental explorer's primary purpose is to determine if there is any tooth decay building up on the tooth.

The periodontal probe is used to measure pocket depths in between teeth. This probe is usually used on adult patients, since they are more prone to periodontitis. The probe is also used on patients who wear braces and Invisalign to see any improvements on their bite.

Dental Tweezers / College Tweezers

These pair of tweezers is usually used to hold and push cotton into different portions of the mouth to prevent saliva from gushing into the teeth.

Dental Excavator

Dental excavators come in different ends: a spoon, claw or disk-sized blade. They are used in removing tooth decay. The shapes correspond to different types of teeth.

Dental Drill

After pinpointing the cause of dental pain, and more often than not, a deceased molar, the dentist will need to excavate the tooth by using a dental drill. A dental can be attached to different removable tips / extensions (also called dental burs) and is capable of 400,000 rpm speeds, which is perfectly suited to penetrate the hard calcium surface of a tooth. A dental drill is primarily used in excavating a cavity prior to filling it with composite resin or amalgam.

Upon filling a tooth with composite resin or amalgam, repairing chipped teeth or for purely cosmetic reasons, the use of a dental bur is imperative to smoothen the surface of the tooth.

Dental Syringe

A dental syringe is a unique syringe specifically designed for injecting sufficient and controlled amounts of anesthesia into the gums. It is also used to pull liquids (particularly pus) from the gums.

Dental Anesthesia

Dental anesthesia is a specialized form of general anesthesia, whereby lacking the presence of nitrous oxide. Dental anesthesia is commonly called lidocaine by dentist. Its numbing effect usually usually lasts one two hours, depending on body mass and the nervous system's tolerance to anesthetics.

Source by Kyle Kahveci

Today more than ever, the choice of a cosmetic dentist is a critical decision that should be made with the utmost care. So how do you choose a cosmetic dentist? After all, in today’s marketplace, many general dentists perform at least some types of cosmetic dental procedures. Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic influx of “cosmetic dentists” into the field so much so that in the industry, being a “cosmetic dentist” is almost a cliche?. . . passe?. Why? Because these days, any general dentist who does things as simple as whitening teeth can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. So when someone is looking to get a Hollywood smile, what should they expect? After all, aren’t all dentists the same?

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist for you, one with substantial experience in complex cases, extensive hands-on training, and a gentle approach that compliments your needs and wants is critical to achieving the most successful outcome – your gorgeous new smile. Educated and discerning people will realize that most “cosmetic dentistry,” (if done properly), is complex and a precise set of operative procedures that will dramatically affect their lives for years to come.

Selecting a cosmetic dentist can be a difficult and confusing process. In the end, it is a personal decision that each person must make for themselves. We can, however, offer some advice, which our clients have found helpful during the selection process. From discussions with our clients, we believe the most important of these tips include the following:

1. Take Your Time.

Most cosmetic dental procedures are elective procedures, not emergencies. Time spent learning about the dental procedures, different techniques and materials, and cosmetic dentists you are considering will pay great dividends in terms of your understanding and emotional comfort later. If in doubt, see a number of different cosmetic dentists for a consultation. This will clarify in your own mind those personal characteristics that you would like your cosmetic dentists to have.

2. Post Graduate Cosmetic Dental Training.

To perform these procedures at the highest level; technical skill, an artistic eye, and a rigorous program of post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry is needed. It may surprise you to learn that the vast majority of dental schools don’t teach any courses in cosmetic dentistry. For the few that do, they are usually limited to only a few introductory courses. Your mouth is not the place for on-the-job training. Therefore, it is crucial that the cosmetic dentist that you select continually completes series of hands-on courses in cosmetic dentistry. The field changes rapidly and what was state-of-the-art five or ten years ago is not anymore. In depth training is essential to learn the latest techniques and materials to get optimal results. The significance lies not only in developing the dentist’s clinical judgment and technical skill, but also in demonstrating his/her commitment to practicing cosmetic dentistry at the highest level of excellence.

3. Professional Credentials.

In dentistry as in medicine, specialties exist that indicate a higher level of education, knowledge, and expertise in particular areas of focus. Presently, however, there is not an American Dental Association (ADA) recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. In 1984, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) was formed and has filled the need for credentialing in this area. Presently, with 5,000 members in the U.S and in 40 countries around the world, the AACD is the largest international dental organization dedicated specifically to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. The AACD also administers the leading accreditation program for cosmetic dentistry. The accreditation process is a rigorous program, which requires dentists to attend a number of continuing education courses in cosmetic dentistry, be tested, and submit a number of cosmetic cases to be judged by a panel of cosmetic dentistry experts.

4. Integrity.

Find a cosmetic dentist who is honest in his/her assessment of your needs and of their ability to meet your expectations. Be wary of the doctor minimizing your recovery period and telling you just how “easy and simple” everything is going to be.

5. A Caring Approach & Great Communication.

Find a doctor with a good chairside manner who conveys to you that they care about you as a person as well as a client. Cosmetic dentistry is a process not a single operation. Find someone with whom you can talk easily. It is just as important that he/she understands what you desire as that you understand what they are describing. To accomplish these goals, the first thing the cosmetic dentist should do is listen and make sure he or she understands all your concerns, needs and desires as they relate to your dental health and the look of your smile. Only then should they spend time diagnosing and consulting on the recommended treatment plan, which should be individualized for each client.

6. Perfectionism.

Find a cosmetic dentist who is accurate in his/her evaluation of your needs, precise in the execution of their operative plan, and meticulous in their craftsmanship. Although perfection is unattainable, this doctor will do whatever it takes to do the best job possible without cutting corners, not only to satisfy you, but also to meet their own personal standards of excellence. Make sure the dentist addresses not just the teeth but also gums, lips, facial structure and your specific requests.

7. An Artistic Eye.

While technical virtuosity is necessary to produce a great clinical result, it is not sufficient.

Excellent cosmetic dentistry demands a highly sophisticated aesthetic sense. In order to achieve an optimal aesthetic result, one must have a clear vision of what is artistically possible and appropriate. In this regard, it helps greatly if the cosmetic dentist has their own in-house laboratory with master ceramists. These special artists can then see you as the client first hand, see your facial complexion and shape and talk with you and the dentist about the desired aesthetic results.

8. Extensive Smile Makeover Experience.

Before you randomly select a dentist out of the phone book or rely on your long-time family dentist to give you the smile makeover of your dreams, think again. Great cosmetic dentistry is an art. The fact is, many dentists are generalists who simply have not performed cosmetic smile makeovers very many times or with a regularity that leads to mastery of this art. So, if you are considering veneers, for example, you should ask exactly how many veneers the cosmetic dentist has placed. Our doctors have placed not just a few or even a few hundred like many dentists, but rather place thousands of veneers a year. Placing this number of veneers allows our dentists to see a wide variety of many different types of smiles and bring this experience and expertise to enhance your case.

9. Be Sure You Review Before and After Photos of Work Performed by the Cosmetic Dentist.

You’ll want to look at before and after photos of cosmetic dentistry that has actually been performed by the dentist that you are considering. Beware! There are commercially available photos and albums that show the possibilities for cosmetic dentistry. But, what you want to confirm is that you are seeing the actual work of the dentist you are considering and make sure that the before photos you look at are also cases similar to yours.

10. Other Things You May Want to Consider.

References from other clients, a tour of the office including sterilization areas, and asking about technology and materials used in the practice are all things you may want to look into. You may also want to check with the state to verify that the dentist does not have a history of complaints or adverse State Dental Board action. In New York, you can do this by logging onto the New York Secretary of State’ website at [http://www.sos.state.ny.us].

Source by Judy Johnson DDS

Email marketing is just one of the most cost-efficient ways to stay connected with your patients. A lot more wellness specialists like dental experts are using these as a method to reach patients and inform them about their health.

Email is likewise a significant means for health experts to create person relationship.

Dental practitioners are an active group and ever have the moment to invest with individuals that they need to have. Exactly what are some online strategies that dentists can utilize?

Email Marketing Offers an Opportunity to Educate as well as Notify

Dentists can use email to provide people health as well as a way of life tips that they can apply in their lives.

A weekly e-newsletter is a reliable way to share ideas for slimming down, staying clear of colds and influenza, maintaining a smile white, stopping cavities to eating a healthy and balanced diet plan. Not just do individuals value health pointers, they help to motivate person self-confidence as well as create a stronger connection.

They can also use email to let people find out about brand-new therapies and advances in the medical and also Dental area.

A liberal dental post could entice brand-new people too when wellness dentists make use of email marketing database as a viral tool. Just offer individuals the possibility to onward the posts to friends and family. If they e-newsletter includes useful information, some will certainly do it. Dentists could utilize it to allow clients understand it is time for their six-month examination or to offer price cuts on aesthetic dental treatments. Wellness professionals could also use email to remind people about their future consultations.

Dentists can use email marketing to ensure a good reputation and a secure e-mail after a consultation to let clients know you are readily available if they have concerns and also reduces the number of office phone calls. Dental experts could additionally use emails to customize their email list in order to enhance the dental directory service.

Email Marketing for Branding Purposes

Sending an e-mail newsletter with a header depicting the compact logo design is useful for branding objectives. Each time when the patient reviews an email, then the brand name is significantly enhanced. Including a creative tagline in the header further strengnts the method's message. Dentists can likewise utilize email to reinvent various other online marketing initiatives. If you have a blog site, you could connect to the blog at the end of each email. An additional technique is to produce a video defining your method towards person care as well as consist of a link to the video clip in the email footer.

Email marketing is an easy means for dental experts to get in touch with patients and create a more powerful practice.

Source by Paul Ryan

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