Posts for: November, 2015

By Wilmington Dental Associates
November 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

When you’re going through hard economic times, the natural thing to do is cut areas of spending you believe you can do without. Unfortunately, many people include regular dental care in this low-priority category.

But even if your finances have become strained you should still try to maintain your dental care if at all possible. Saving a few dollars now could cost you a lot more in the long run.

Of course, this may mean focusing on just the basics for a while and prioritize your treatment options with a strong emphasis on preventive care. To put together a plan you should first undergo a thorough dental exam to learn your mouth’s current level of health, as well as take a look at your dietary practices, family history and hygiene practices to gauge your risk for tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

From there, it’s a good idea to make changes in habits and lifestyle that will improve your teeth and gums’ long-term health, a prudent thing to do financially as well. Eat a nutritious diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products and low in added sugar. Practice daily brushing and flossing to remove bacterial plaque from tooth surfaces, a primary cause of dental disease. And, keep to a schedule of regular dental office cleanings and checkups to remove any deep-seated plaque and identify developing dental disease before it becomes too serious.

Even when we find problems, there are usually treatment options within most people’s financial ability, like newer, less-expensive tooth filling materials that are both attractive and longer lasting than older types.  At the very least you may benefit from temporary measures that postpone a permanent restoration until you’re in a better position financially to handle it.

And, don’t hesitate to ask us for help in working out a care strategy that fits your current finances and insurance coverage. By creating these long-term goals, we can help you get the most out of your financial resources now that can save money — and provide you better oral health — in the future.

If you would like more information on managing dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cost-Saving Treatment Alternatives.”

By Wilmington Dental Associates
November 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”

By Wilmington Dental Associates
November 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Wilmington Dental Associates is a family dentistry that can provide orthodontic care for patients in need. There are a few different ways that your Wilmington dentist can straighten your smile, including metallic, ceramic and lingual braces. One of the most popular solutions available to patients is Invisalign. After learning more about Invisalign braces, you may find that this is the best orthodontic solution forInvisalign you. 

About Invisalign
Invisalign is a way of aligning teeth using clear, plastic trays. The trays are designed to move the teeth around gently but relatively faster than other methods. There are a number of key benefits of Invisalign that make it popular with patients:

  • The braces are barely visible, so you can smile and talk comfortably in public without drawing much attention to your mouth.
  • The treatment period is usually much shorter than it is with metal braces (sometimes as short as six months).
  • Invisalign aligners can be removed when necessary to make eating more comfortable than it is when you’re wearing metal braces.

Who Is the “Right” Candidate for Invisalign Braces?
Invisalign is commonly recommended for patients over the age of 13, because by that age most of their permanent teeth have emerged. Adult patients of the Wilmington Dental Associates family dentistry often benefit the most from invisible braces because they have many professional or social commitments and obligations—they can’t afford to wear unattractive metal braces for years. Invisalign is also best for patients who have relatively minor orthodontic issues, like crowding and small gaps. 

Getting Invisalign
The first step to getting Invisalign is going in for a consultation so that your dentist can see if your orthodontic problem can successfully be resolved with this treatment. The next step is to have dental impressions made so that your dentist can create a series of aligners for you to wear during your treatment plan. You must then visit the office every four to six weeks (or as specifically recommended) for checkups and to receive your prescribed aligners.

Call Today
A more attractive and straighter smile is well within your reach thanks to Invisalign braces. Call Wilmington Dental Associates today at (302) 654-6915 to make an appointment.

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