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IT’S COMPLICATED… (dentist riverside ohio/ dentist beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on July 27, 2017 , Comments Off on IT’S COMPLICATED… (dentist riverside ohio/ dentist beavercreek)

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Basic versus major versus preventive versus diagnostic…if you spend any time at all in a dental office, you may have heard these terms…but what does it all mean and why is it so darn confusing?  Do you think some procedures are considered “Major” just so the dentist can charge more?  If so, we forgive you for your cynicism.  Here, we will sift through the layers of confusion and explain the differences between diagnostic, basic, and major dental procedures.

Diagnostic/Preventive Care

All dental procedures have specific codes. Like x-rays and exams. These are diagnostic procedures designed to evaluate your teeth and determine if they are in good working condition.  Now…probing around to see what’s wrong is obviously less complicated (and less expensive) than correcting the issue. Asking a dentist to tell you why your tooth hurts without an exam and x-rays is like asking the mechanic to tell you why your car isn’t running without looking under the hood. Likewise, having your teeth cleaned regularly is similar to having regular oil changes on the car.  Preventive dental procedures and preventive car maintenance are both less expensive than a root canal or having a new transmission installed.  Other examples of preventive and diagnostic care include teeth cleaning (prophy), polishing, fluoride treatment, and gum disease and tooth decay screening.  So…whether it’s teeth or the check engine light, practicing preventive behavior helps guard against small problems becoming big problems.  Big problems cost more to fix and that’s why many insurance plans cover most preventive care twice a year…and typical of insurance plans, they don’t want to pay for the major procedures if they don’t have to.

Basic Care

Basic procedures are routine and do not require surgery…for example fillings, simple extractions, and repairs to crowns and dentures.  Some dental plans cover basic procedures immediately upon the plan’s effective date.  Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) and indemnity plans most often require a 6-month waiting period and also require meeting an annual deductible before they will pay for most basic procedures.  It’s always a good idea to read the fine print in your insurance plan so you’re not hit with surprises later on.

Major Care

Major procedures involve dental surgery (which could involve sedation) and creating dental appliances among other things.  Examples of major treatments include extractions of impacted wisdom teeth, root canals, crowns, gum surgery (Periodontal), dentures, bridges and implants, and TMJ treatment.  Again some dental plans will cover these procedures starting on the effective date and others require a waiting period and meeting a yearly deductible.  Why do these procedures cost more?  For the same reason a gourmet meal from a fancy French restaurant costs more than a Skyline 3-Way…because of the time, training, and expertise involved.

Remember, unlike the oil, tires, or brakes on your vehicle, tooth enamel is irreplaceable. Once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back.  So don’t put off those twice-yearly preventive care visits.  And one more thing…if all of this talk of insurance is making your head spin, ask us about the Smile Card – our in-house discount plan for those of you who don’t have dental insurance and still want to save money…a win-win situation!

Thanks for reading and be sure to follow us on the web at draustria.comFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest!

Until next time…

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(This article inspired by an article found in Dental Town – Straight Talk – “Unlocking the Secrets of Dental Fees”  – June, 2016)

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I LOVE YELLOW TEETH…said no one ever (dr. jillian hodge/dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavecreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on July 11, 2017 , Comments Off on I LOVE YELLOW TEETH…said no one ever (dr. jillian hodge/dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavecreek)

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white (1)For a limited time only:  KoR Whitening for only $299!! (Normally priced at $499) So…..here are The Top Ten Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth:

10.  It’s inexpensive…relatively.  Meaning if you compare it to other cosmetic procedures like face-lifts and liposuction it’s downright cheap!  Let’s face it – most of us don’t mind looking younger and fitter than we actually are.  A nice white smile is associated with youth!

9.  40 is the new 30…(In my case 50 is the new 25…I wish.)  You should include both your skin and your teeth when going for that more youthful look…there is no point having fresh-looking dewy skin only to have yellowish teeth.

8.  There is no surgery involved with having whiter teeth!  (See #10.)  Teeth whitening options are simple and risk-free.

7.  Whitening will remove those pesky red wine stains.

6.  Better oral hygiene.  This just makes us here at the dental office happy.  If you invest in a whiter smile, it makes sense that you will take better care of it by being dedicated about flossing and brushing consistently.  And visiting us regularly!  This leads to you being healthier overall.  And that will make YOU happy!

5.  Need a confidence booster?  Let’s face it, yellow teeth can be embarrassing.  There’s nothing wrong with giving the ‘ole self esteem a jump-start with a bright beautiful smile.

4.  Looking to change it up on the career front?  A white smile on your Linked-In profile pic will make an excellent first impression!

3.  Special occasions.  YOU can be the envy of your former high school classmates at your reunion with a pearly white smile.

2.  Are you a smoker and want to quit?  Here’s a thought:  Getting your teeth whitened could help you reach that goal.  Avoiding spoiling your new white teeth with cigarette stains could work as a great incentive.

And the #1 reason to get your teeth whitened:

1.  Nothing can stop time from passing.  Sometimes the aging process can cause teeth to yellow and make them look old and unhealthy…totally not your fault!  But it can lead us to feel old and unhealthy!  Teeth whitening is a fantastic, simple, and inexpensive way to help improve the way we see ourselves.  And that projects a confident you to the rest of the world!

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I’M JUST SO TIRED… (greene county dentist/beavercreek dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on June 26, 2017 , Comments Off on I’M JUST SO TIRED… (greene county dentist/beavercreek dentist)

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pupyDental insurance…navigating deductibles, co-pays, maximums, PPO vs. Premier Plans…just the thought can inspire a poor soul to throw in the towel and run away… and that’s just our Insurance Coordinator.  Are you tired of trying to figure it all out?  Is it worth that salary deduction?  Or are you in a panic because you lost your dental insurance? Fear not, we can help.

It’s called the Smile Card.  And it’s awesome.  Why is it awesome?  Because it is NOT dental insurance.  “Wait”, you may ask… “How can it save me money if it’s not dental insurance?”  Here’s how it works:

  • You (the patient) pay one fee upfront.  You can choose an individual, individual and spouse, or family plan (for up to 4 family members.)
  • This fee covers 2 exams, 2 cleanings, x-rays, and periodontal charting.  The plan is good for one year from the date you sign up.
  • You receive 10% off all other treatments – this includes the high-ticket procedures like Invisalign, implants, even Kor Whitening!

“But there has to be a catch…” you may think to yourself.  “A waiting period, a maximum, a missing tooth clause…something!!”  Nope…the Smile Card has no annual maximums and no limit to how often it can be used for treatment within the one-year period.  Think of it like a warranty with unlimited mileage!  Oh and did I mention that with this plan there is no paperwork because the fee and reduced rates are paid directly to us?

Imagine that…a discount dental plan that is designed to actually get you the care you need without fine print, paperwork, or glazed-over eyes.  It’s NOT to good to be true.  It’s real. And it’s available for you here at Brilliant Smiles.

Questions?  Call us or click here.  And thanks for reading.  For more vignettes, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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THE ABC’S OF DENTISTRY (Beavercreek Dentist/Beavercreek Cosmetic Dentistry)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 25, 2017 , Comments Off on THE ABC’S OF DENTISTRY (Beavercreek Dentist/Beavercreek Cosmetic Dentistry)

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Below is a list of terms commonly used in our dental office.  Not to worry, there will be no pop quiz, but you CAN impress your friends with your new-found knowledge.  Read on to become smarter..

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  • Abscess – A painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the tooth and gum.  Usually forms because of infection.
  • Abutment – A tooth or tooth structure which is responsible for the anchorage of a bridge or denture.
  • Amalgam – A silver filling material.
  • Anterior – The front position.
  • Apex – The end of the root.
  • Bitewing – A kind of dental x-ray which is taken with the teeth biting together.  Done as a means to detect cavities in between teeth and at the height of bone support.
  • Bridge – A prosthesis which is fixed inside the mouth to replace missing teeth.
  • Bruxism – Teeth grinding.
  • Canine – The third tooth from the middle of the jaw.  There are 4 of them.  They are the longest teeth in humans.
  • Caries – Tooth decay.
  • Cavity – A hole on the tooth.
  • Cast – A model of teeth.
  • Chlorhexidine – An anti-microbial agent.  It is available in many forms such as gels and rinses.  It is an effective agent in controlling gum disease.
  • Composite – A white filling material.
  • Crown – A crown is like a “cap” on a tooth.  It covers the tooth partially or totally above the gum to restore its function and outlook.
  • Decay – The disintegrating part of the tooth.
  • Denture – An artificial prosthesis to replace missing teeth and their neighbooring structures.
  • Distal – A direction indication in the mouth.  It indicates the direction away from the middle of the jaw.
  • Filling – A restoration placed on a tooth to restore its function and appearance.
  • Flipper – A temporary denture to replace missing teeth during the waiting period for long term treatment.
  • Fluoride Treatment – Teeth treatment with fluoride agents like gel or rinse.
  • Gingivitis – The mildest form of gum disease:  inflammation of the gum.  The earliest sign is bleeding gums.
  • Impaction – A condition where a tooth is not able to come in normally or is stuck underneath another tooth or bone.
  • Implant – A device put in the jaw bone to support a false tooth, a denture or a bridge.
  • Impression – A mold taken with some jelly-like material loaded on a tray.
  • Incisal – The cutting edge of a front tooth.
  • Incisor – The four upper and lower front teeth.
  • Lingual – The side of the tooth towards the tongue.
  • Mesial – The side of the tooth toward the middle of the jaw.
  • Molar – The last three upper and lower teeth on both sides of the mouth.
  • Mouthguard – A device to be worn in the mouth.  Depending on the design of it, it prevents injury to teeth and/or jaw during teeth grinding or sports events.
  • Occlusal – The biting surface of the back teeth.
  • Occlusion – The way the upper and lower teeth close together.
  • Overbite – The overlap of upper teeth and lower teeth when they close together.
  • Palate – The roof of the mouth.
  • Panoramic Radiograph (Pano) – An x-ray film to obtain the wide view of upper and lower jaw and their associated structures.
  • Polish – A process to make the tooth or filling or other denture smooth and glossy.
  • Pontic – The false tooth in a bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth.
  • Post – A pin which can be made with different materials such as metal or carbon.  Its function usually is to support a big buildup on a tooth.
  • Posterior – Located at the back.
  • Prophylaxis/Prophy – The procedure of teeth polishing.  It also means the prevention of diseases.
  • Pulp – The innermost part of a tooth.  It contains nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth.
  • Recall – The regular checkup and teeth cleaning appointment.
  • Restoration – An item a dentist uses to restore the normal function of a tooth or an area in the mouth.  It can be a filling, crown, bridge or implant.
  • Retainer – A device used for maintaining the position of teeth in the jaw in orthodontic treatment.
  • Root – The bottom part of the tooth.  It anchors the tooth to its supporting units.
  • Root Canal – The canal that runs inside the root of the tooth.  It contains the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth.
  • Root Planing – The action of cleaning the root area of the teeth.
  • Scaling – The action of cleaning teeth below the gumline.
  • Sealant – A thin layer of plastic-like material covering the grooves and pits on a tooth to prevent a cavity.
  • Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) – The joint that links the jaw to the skull.
  • Veneer – A layer of tooth-colored material (can be porcelain, composite, or ceramics) that attaches to the front of the tooth.  It is usually used to improve the appearance of the tooth.
  • Wisdom Tooth – The eighth (and last) tooth from the middle of the jaw.

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SCARED YET? (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek/emergency dental)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 30, 2017 , Comments Off on SCARED YET? (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek/emergency dental)

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It’s early to start thinking about Halloween (Even though the new trailer for Stephen King’s IT gave me a jumpstart – yikes!)  However, oral cancer is something that is scary at any time of the year.  April is oral cancer awareness month and your chances of beating it depend on how soon you find it.

In 2017 about 49,670 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.  An estimated 9700 will die of these cancers.  Oral cancer can strike in the mouth and throat with most of these cancers beginning in the flat cells – squamous cells – that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue, and lips.  Some of the risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), sun exposure, diet, betel nut use, and personal history of oral cancer.

Symptoms to watch for include patches inside the mouth or on the lips, a sore on the mouth or lips that doesn’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of lower lip and chin, difficulty wearing dentures, and a persistent earache.

You need to get to your dentist or physician ASAP if you have any of these symptoms.

So are you scared?  Be scared.  Embrace it.  Get that screening!

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(Reprinted in part from http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cancer/article/ada-04-take-heed-april-is-oral-cancer-awareness-month)

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TALK ABOUT MADNESS… (affordable dentist beavercreek ohio)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 23, 2017 , Comments Off on TALK ABOUT MADNESS… (affordable dentist beavercreek ohio)

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(Here’s a disclaimer:  This article is reprinted in part from blog written by Implant Seminars – Implant Dentistry Education.  As I usually do, I’ve changed a few things to make it more interesting reading (hopefully) for the average person but the gist is the same.  The article mentions climate change.  Since this is a controversial subject, we here at Brilliant Smiles are not expressing an opinion on whether climate change is valid science or not…only that it is controversial.  If you want to debate the subject go to Facebook.  Or click here.  To read the original article click here.)

Sometimes you have to marvel at our species’ collective progress.  Almost every day breakthroughs in science and technology are transforming how we live and interact with the world around us.  In medicine alone, new theories of disease, new vaccines, and new treatment methods promise to vastly extend human life.  It has been reported that sometime in the not-too-distant future, many of us could be living to around 120!

But just when you think nothing could stifle such optimism, we receive a dose of reality: Tooth decay remains a pressing problem for more than 2.4 billion people.  That’s about one-third of the entire human race.  And to make matters worse, some 190 million new cases are estimated every year.

In an age where miracles like a heart transplant can occur from a cadaver, bionic eyes are developed for the blind, and an artificial skull transplant was completed using a 3D-printer – all achieved in 2014 alone…how can this be??

There are several factors at work here.  First, tooth decay often exhibits threshold event or “tipping point” tendencies.  In science, thresholds are moments where after periods of continual stimulus, a sudden new state is achieved.  The term is used frequently in climate studies and posed as a question.  How much additional carbon dioxide emissions from industry will push the Earth’s climate into a new state?

  • When Your Mouth Runs Amok.  ​Like climate change, tooth decay is a slow and deceptively sneaky process.  The time it takes a microcavity to grow into a damaging and painful abscess can be measured in months and years.  And during that long interlude, few symptoms may manifest.  And if they do emerge, (things like hyper sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages) they can be easily ignored.  But eventually that threshold is crossed.  Perhaps the patient bites down and their tooth shatters.  Or perhaps easily dismissed discomfort becomes excruciating.  Long before the threshold is crossed, significant damage has been done.  Economics and diet also play a significant role.  Even in wealthier countries like the U.S. and the U.K., there remains great disparity rates between the rich and the poor.  A recent study found that dental health was worse among the poorest 20% of British society.  By the time these individuals reach 70, they have on average 8 fewer teeth than their richest counterparts.  In terms of diet our overly processed, high-sugar products are assaulting our teeth like never before.
  • Give Tooth Decay the Time-out it Deserves.  Tooth decay may not grab the evening headlines like the threat of terrorism or March Madness basketball scores.  But when tooth decay impacts a third of the human population, you can bet it’s on the mind of the worlds dentists.  If left unchecked, tooth decay can negatively impact a patient’s life in a variety of ways, ranging from malnutrition and articulation troubles, to social anxiety and barriers to employment.

This spring, as we embrace the warmer months ahead and yes, perform a little spring cleaning, let’s remind ourselves that now would be a great time to make a dental appointment.  If humans really are going to live to 120 on a regular basis, let’s do what we can to make those years as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

While you’re at it, check out OUR Facebook page!  Not as controversial as climate change but still entertaining nonetheless!

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POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on February 9, 2017 , Comments Off on POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

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maxresdefaultWow…that was some game the other night!  A halftime show featuring…drones!  And oh yes, a certain superstar who jumped off the roof into the stadium and even more amazingly…DIDN’T LIP-SYNC!!  Pretty impressive.  I, however, missed the beer commercials with the cute puppies so I’m making up for it here.  If you’re feeling depressed about the outcome of the game and/or the fact that we have 5 more weeks until spring, I’m here to help:  By making a few simple adjustments to your diet, you can elevate your mood and boost your metabolism.  The benefits are potentially huge! Maintaining a good mood will help you stick to a healthy diet, be more productive, and increase your self-esteem.  Keeping in mind that we are a Complete Health Dentistry practice, here are seven simple tips to help you optimize your diet to boost mood and metabolism.

  1. Resist Skipping Meals – Skipping or missing a meal can cause a dip in your blood sugar, leading to crankiness and lethargy.  Maintain your blood sugar levels, and your energy by eating small amounts of food throughout the day.  You might even prefer eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones.
  2. Stay Hydrated – This is a biggie.  Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and lethargic.  Be sure to drink (water, not beer) throughout the day and don’t rely on thirst alone to remind you to have another glass of water.  Some experts say the average person needs about eight glasses of water daily, and that may be hard to accomplish without reminders.
  3. Think Moderation, Especially for Low-Nutrient Foods – Avoid a lot of caffeine, refined carbohydrates (sugar), alcohol, salt, and other food additives.  Any of these, especially in large amounts, can decrease your metabolic efficiency.  Which basically means this:  TOO MANY CARBS = RUSH =>CRASH/FATIGUE.  In addition, excess salt can disrupt your fluid balance, changing your daily water needs, not to mention increasing health risks like high blood pressure.
  4. Strive for Balance in the Food You Eat – In general, a healthy diet includes a mix of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some protien, but each person has inidivudaul needs based on age, sex, physical activity level, body size, and stress factors.  You can consult with a nutritionist to determine the best combination for you to help you find the right balance.
  5. Get a Boost From “Good Mood” Food – While research about the mood- and metabolism-boosting qualities of certain foods is mixed, foods high in the amino acid tryptophan have been found to increase seratonin levels in the brain, contributing to feelings of optimism and calm.  Bananas, avocados, dried apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds fall into this category.  Foods rich in Omega-3 fats can help help elevate mood and reduce anxiety and depression (salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.)
  6. Keep a Food Diary – Some foods can have the opposite effect of tryptophan and instead trigger negative changes in mood and cause irritability or headaches.  A food diary can help.  If you think a particular food might be affecting your mood, record everything you eat each day and how you feel before and after every meal.  After two weeks, review your entries to see if any foods line up with specific moods either good or bad.
  7. Exercise Exercise Exercise – So important!  Now we’re not talking about running marathons here.  But a moderate and regular exercise routine will keep your body working most effectively and will augment both your mood and metabolism.

I hope this helps you get through the rest of the winter.  The key message is balance.  A variety of healthy foods with a dose of exercise will help you maintain your energy, speed up your metabolism, and boost your mood.

Until next time!

(reprinted in part from jessicafaissal.com/health-articles-archive)

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HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY-BACK! (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on October 31, 2016 , Comments Off on HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY-BACK! (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek)

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doghalloweenIt’s that time of year again…ghosts and goblins knocking on the door, warm apple cider, and sugar highs!  And that means it’s time for our Halloween Candy Buy-Back!  We will be accepting candy on Thursday, November 3rd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at our office and we will reimburse you $1.00/pound up to $5.00.  All candy we receive will be donated to a local charity.  This is a great way to eliminate the temptation to raid your child’s candy stash and at the same time, support our local community!

Questions?  Call us!  And if you’re out and about tonight, have fun, stay, safe, and beware of clowns!

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by Lee Anne Austria on September 15, 2016 , Comments Off on WE’VE BEEN PLAYED beavercreek dentist/beavercreek cosmetic dentistry

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sugarAs a total wellness practice we are concerned with not only your oral health but the health of your entire body.  So that is why this article we ran across grabbed our attention.  Yesterday, documents published in a major medical journal reveal that the sugar industry has been, shall we say, less than forthcoming.  As in for decades.  The documents show  that the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay the effect of sugar on our health.  Back in the 60’s research started to link sugary diets with the country’s high rate of heart disease.  Turns out the sugar industry paid researchers to publish findings that would shift the blame to fats.  Then along came our decades-long obsession with low-fat diets, and food companies pumping products with sugar (and salt) so that they still tasted good.  The article states “The revelations are important because the debate about the relative harms of sugar and saturated fat continues today…For many decades, health officials encouraged Americans to reduce their fat intake, which led many people to consume low-fat high-sugar foods that some experts now blame for fueling the obesity crisis.”  Heart disease is the #1 killer in America and newer (and hopefully valid) research shows that sugar and fat are both to blame for the country’s health issues.  So put down that doughnut and click here to read the entire article.

(reprinted in part from www.theSkimm.com)

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