Imagine going to your dentist and seeing this?!?

Super creepy and scary!!!!

How Can A Dentist Help With TMJ?

Great post for those who have clicking or popping in their jaw when they bite.

It’s a symptom of TMJ which dentists can help treat sometimes with orthodontic braces or in severe cases with surgery. Occasionally if you’re lucky sometimes it just goes away by itself, usually through changes in stress level or coping with stress.

Great read:

How Can A Dentist Help With TMJ?.



Bedroom Dentist in BC

CBC share of the Bedroom Dentist in BC:

This makes me absolutely sick. More interesting is the comments and how some are justifying his actions.

My thoughts on this to come.


Back to School 2013: Dental Checklist for Parents and Children to Stay Healthy

Every once in a while I find great tips from the ODA.

I found this great checklist for parents to check off before their kids head back to school.

ODA offers caregivers a back-to-school dental checklist

Book a dental exam, stock up on toothbrushes and other tips from the Ontario Dental Association

TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2013 /CNW/ – Much to the chagrin of children everywhere, the new school year is just a month away. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) suggests parents take advantage of these last few weeks of summer vacation to ensure their kids return to school with an A-plus in dental health.

“Now is the perfect time to get the whole family in for a dental examination before the school year begins and schedules fill up,” says ODA President Dr. Rick Caldwell. “Children go through growth spurts, including their mouths and jaws, so ask your dentist about appropriate toothbrush and brushing techniques.”

A dental exam can also uncover problems that might go undetected. “Your child may be feeling well, but tooth decay often doesn’t present symptoms in the early stages,” warns Dr. Caldwell.

It has been reported that tooth decay is one of the leading causes of absences from school. In its Report on the Findings of the Oral Health Component of the Canadian Health Measures Survey 2007-2009, Health Canada found that in the space of one year, 45.7 percent of children six– to 11-years-old reported time lost from normal or school activities due to oral health problems.

“The pain and discomfort of tooth decay can impact a child’s self-esteem, along with their ability to focus and learn,” says Dr. Caldwell. “The good news is that it can be preventable; parents can help their children by teaching them good oral health habits.”

To emphasize the importance of prevention, the ODA has a back-to-school checklist for parents.

  • Schedule regular dental exams with your dentist for the year.
  • When shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies, be sure to include new toothbrushes on your list. A child’s toothbrush should be changed every three months or immediately after an illness.
  • Make sure your child brushes at least twice a day and flosses daily. To encourage healthy habits, let your child watch you brush and floss your teeth as often as possible. Children are wonderful imitators, and there’s nothing like a parent’s example to teach them healthy dental practices.
  • Prepare a healthy and nutritious shopping list for your child’s lunch, including fruits, vegetables and cheeses for snacks. Avoid soft, sticky sweets that get stuck in your child’s teeth or stay in the child’s mouth for a long time, such as raisins, caramels and lollipops.
  • Educate your kids on the importance of oral health. Visit the ODA’s Kids’ Zone at, our interactive, digital playground that helps encourage proper oral health habits.

“Healthy habits learned at a young age are the building blocks to a lifetime of good oral and overall health,” says Dr. Caldwell. “Help your kids get an A+ in oral health!”

Cosmetic Dentistry 101: Best Dental Procedures to Help Your Smile


A cosmetic dentist are capable of doing procedures to help in helping the aesthetics with their smile through smile makeover, whitening teeth, Invisalign clear braces, tooth veneers, composite bonding, whitening, dental implants as well as other dental enhancements. A smile makeover uses methods for example dental implants, dental veneers and teeth whitening can now transform a patient’s previously reluctant grin in a fully-fledged beaming smile.

For many people, an extreme gap or space between their two front teeth, referred to as a Diastema, can give rise to a person’s deficiency of self-esteem or confidence today’s society. Through the use of cosmetic dental procedures the gap could be closed and help out with restoring the individual’s confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry also uses Porcelain fillings. Porcelain fillings tend to be more natural-looking than the standard amalgam type filling which doesn’t blend when compared to color of the tooth.

Cosmetic dentistry differs from other aspects of dentistry because of the fact clientele may well basically haven’t any health care desire to have their requested treatment but be entirely worried about the cosmetic appearance with their teeth. Having an unattractive smile can make one feel inadequate and embarrassed to fully smile and show their teeth, driving them to seem reserved, or somewhat less friendly.

Some cosmetic dentists while emphasizing the cosmetic important things about their procedures also provide positive benefits to their cosmetic treatments. Finding a good and reliable dentist, which will help you with your entire teeth or gum vanity issues at while looking out for the oral health is incredibly possible. Regular visits for a dentists, twice a year, also can go a long way in preserving the fitness of your teeth. If you have cavities or another dental health problems they actually do need to be treated through your dentist before any aesthetic smile makeovers will start to ensure the cosmetic treatments doesn’t have to be undone later on to treat cavities and other oral problems. With the correlation from the healthy smile as well as a beautiful one, regular visits can be one of the most cost-effective solutions to ensure you possess a beautiful and healthy smile.

Patients which has a smile that shows a great deal of their gumline can be improved by laser or surgical gum contouring. It’s important to verify with your general dentists to ensure you get a periodontal exam to test to see if your a candidate because of this procedure.

Teeth whitening sessions are arguably the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure available from today’s dentist.
Patients seeking the brightest and whitest smiles can under go tooth whitening procedures that is made available from many dentist. The reason our teeth tend to yellow as time passes is sometimes caused by the dentin percentage of our tooth. Dentin is yellow in color and which is one of the reasons why teeth produce a dull, unattractive color.
Teeth whitening is one of the most requested treatments helping to remove stains around the teeth a result of teas, coffees, smoking, and also other foods which were high in pigmentation.

Professional whitening offered via your dentists is known to be stronger, more potent, quicker and safer than over the counter products.
It’s been noted by many dental studies that whitening your smile can often cost more than your hard earned money. The whitening procedure commonly is made up of bleaching agent, often bleach, and a UV light. When choosing the proper procedure to preserve the brightest of one’s smile ensure that you choose one which doesn’t cause damage to your teeth or skin. Whitening treatments to prevent would be any procedure that uses UV light. UV light treatment could be particular damaging. Often times the radiation exposure getting used is so intense that it can cause more damage than spending a complete day out in the sunshine during the sun’s peak UV rating. Not only include the lights damaging to your skin in addition they are significantly which can offer no whitening profit to your teeth.

During the tooth whitening procedure, the active agent in whitening your teeth will be the bleach which is applied instead of the lights. The lights are often used like a mere spectacle during the procedure. The bleaching agent that is used could also damage the structure of the tooth if used incorrectly. Often times once the teeth of whitened patients were compared to patient who may have not undergone whitening procedures, it was concluded the the whitened teeth were weakened. The teeth which are whitened were proven to have more exposited grooves on the tooth’s enamel. These grooves weakened the tooth ensure it is more susceptible to cracking and breaking.

An alternative to tooth whitening for stains that can not be removed through standard bleaching is bonding or teeth filling. Dental filling can be a commonly know procedure used by damaged surfaces with the teeth, tooth decay, and restoring cavities but sometimes also be used to solve chipped and damaged teeth. Today, you might choose the colour of your dental fillings created from porcelain or composite materials that match the color of your natural teeth. Do you smile very rarely because you are involved about your crooked teeth. Bonding is additionally very useful in repairing chipped, broken and discolored or decayed teeth. It is cosmetic dentistry procedure where a dentist attaches a tooth colored enamel in your tooth. Tooth bonding which has a composite resin will help rebuild teeth while filling in the space helping to repair the chipped or broken servings of a damaged tooth. Through bonding the appearance of the smile can be mended for patients with shortened or worn down teeth. Through the professional use of bond a shorter tooth could be built up for the same length because longer tooth to preserve your smile.

Porcelain veneers can turn a bad pair of teeth in a dazzling set. If you have gaps between teeth another procedure that can help is Veneers. As opposed to traditional dental fillings which involve molding tooth into place from the mouth, veneers are fabricated in dental labs to fit the look of your smile and are fitted and adhesively bonded into place through your dentist. Dental labs may help fabricate custom veneers, dental implants and dental crowns to boost the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are applied by using a cement bond relating to the veneer plus your tooth, a light is used to harden the veneer towards the tooth.

There is no requirement for sedation, no requirement for drilling with no need for adhesives. If you have crooked, chipped, stained, or missing teeth, then this smile makeover is a superb way to transform your smile into something you will be proud of inside of a few basic steps.

If you see your jaw looking strange or from proportion in comparison to the most your face, then you may need tooth braces to fix that problem.
Braces can also help correct gaps between teeth. Through the use of orthodontics, cosmetic dentists will physically reshape and reposition tooth to align your smile. There are a variety of options for braces like speed braces and Invisalign braces.

Patients thinking about speed braces should ensure that they have healthy bone levels beneath their gums to be sure that the teeth are not moved faster compared to the body are prepared for. As the process does shave several months off treatment time, patients must also know that the increased speed does also increase the risk of relapse and might not be well suited for all patients.

Invisalign braces that are clear braces have drastically increased in popularity in the past. Invisalign is similar to traditional braces but are made of clear plastic that slowly adjust your teeth after a while while remaining almost completely invisible.

Cosmetic dentists are greatly in need nowadays, thanks towards ever increasing popularity and trend towards an attractive smile in the present society. Some are family dentists, many specialize in cosmetic dentistry although some are experts in the growing field with the dental implant. Things to consider while looking for a dentist to improve the appearance of your smile would naturally be the cost of cosmetic dentistry, such as the make that the most important consideration. It’s far better to pay a tad bit more for a smile that you’ll be delighted with rather than to skimp and regret it. After all a restored smile is perceived as naturally of the patient then it’s even more attractive.

Cosmetic dentistry, though it can be expensive, is a relatively painless procedure with a high satisfaction rate. Cosmetic dentistry could be the art and science of oral care to improve teeth’s health|In fact, various tooth whitening processes are a tiny percentage of this awesome oral art form. Your cosmetic dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or customize the length of your teeth. Whether your teeth are discolored or chipped, misshaped or crooked as well as if your gums are too prominent, cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile.  It may be possible to get teeth veneers, tooth implants or even dental crowning to acquire an incredibly brilliant looking smile.  Patients should discuss their dental needs with an orthodontists before making a decision on whether invisible braces are ideal for them.  However when you have an oral disease you possibly will not be well suited for some cosmetic dental procedures.

All About Dental Insurance and What You Might Not Know Your Dentist May Be Charging You For

Remember GI Joe where they’d always say:

“Knowing is Half the Battle”

Well there’s two things.

One: kids television shows back in the 90’s almost always had great advice that I still follow today.

Two: when it comes to going to the dentist and payments this is very true!

I’ve been through more than a handful of dentists in my short lifetime and have learned a LOT about insurance.

Insurance policies and benefits can get really tricky when dealing with dentists.

Some dentists are non-assignment and some are assignment.

Assignment Dental Offices

Essentially what this means is that some will take insurance payments on your behalf. This is otherwise known as assignment or assigning your dental health benefits that you’re covered for to the dentist.

Non-Assignment Dental Offices

The other is non-assignment. This means that you pay for your dental procedures on your visit and they will file the claim on your behalf and you’ll be reimbursed a few days later.

Now anyone can clearly see the benefits of assigning your insurance payments over to the dentist.

  1. Less money upfront and out of pocket, so you can essentially feel like you haven’t paid a dime.
  2. You don’t have to deal with the insurance companies as much.
  3. Everything’s pretty much taken care of

Why Assigning Your Dental Benefits Can Be Very Dangerous

I’ve always preferred to visit dentists with assignment payment policies in the past. That is until I recently discovered that not taking responsibility for the payments can really have some pretty large negative effects.

I discovered this recently when visiting my new dentist.

Explanation of Benefits

When visiting a dentist, at the end of your appointment the dental office is obligated to print you out an Explanation of Benefits.

What this is, is a sheet of paper detailing the procedures preformed and how much your insurance company will reimburse you for.

To my surprise my old dentists, even though they were obligated to, never provided this nor notified me that I should be receiving these statements.

The Problem with Assignment & Not Knowing Your Dental Benefits

So what’s the problem you ask? It turns out like in all professions, even medical professions, are managed and run by humans. Humans on occasion get greedy. When this happens they look for ways to exploit the system and make more money.
How they do this is by manipulating your insurance.

When an office doesn’t provide you with your insurance explanation of benefits, you trust them to be honest and only apply the procedures that were performed. You are not aware of what procedures they are telling the insurance company were performed.

When you encounter a greedy dental office that is unethical, not knowing what they are submitting allows the dental office to submit more procedures than were performed.

The problem arises when you go to another dental office and the office tells you that those procedures have already been performed. You know for a fact that it was never completed and you have to wait for your insurance renewal to have it covered.

In my case, I went for a complete examination with my new dentist and they told me you’ve already been billed recently for it even though all I had recently were cleanings with a hygienist and I never even saw the dentist for the complete examination.

How to Ensure You’re Receiving Your Dental Benefits

My recommendations would be:

        1. Always ask for your explanation of benefits.Doing so shows you all the items that were performed during your visit to the dentists. If you see a complete examination on there and never even saw the dentists, that is a red flag.
        2. Choose an Dentist with Non-Assignment Office Policies.Going to a non-assignment dental office eliminates the risk that the person in charge of your health has other priorities such as money in mind. I’ve recently discovered that non-assignment practices only have your health as their main objective. They aren’t focused on collecting money or other endeavors that a dental office shouldn’t have as a daily task. My current dentist recently let me know some treatments that she recommended taking care of before they grow into big issues. Amazing since I always felt pain in certain areas and my old dentists always would say it was nothing. I wonder if the lower insurance coverage for those treatments had anything to do with it.

So as fun as it can be to visit the dentist (joke), always remember there is a whole other financial side to it. Eliminate the risk that your dentists may only perform treatments covered by insurance and not required by taking responsibility over your insurance payments. Like I always say to my sisters before their visit to the dentist, if it’s easy today it could be painful tomorrow. Walking out of the dental office without paying can have nasty issues down the road as well.

Foods to Eat for a Healthy Smile

Just For Kids Dental

Foods to Eat for a Healthy Smile

  • Cheese:The lactic acid helps to prevent tooth decay.
  • Carrots:Vitamin A is essential for building tooth enamel. Crunch vegetables are great to cleans and stimulate your gums, helping
    them to stay healthy.
  • Pineapple:Helps produce extra saliva. When combining that with Vitamin C, it becomes
    an all natural bacteria fighting mouthwash.
  • Nuts:In general, have a high pH, thus are protective for teeth be helping to manage the pH levels in the mouth.
  • Kiwi:Packing a Vitamin C Punch! Lacking Vitamin C causes a break down of the collagen network in your gums, making them more susceptible to bacteria.
  • Strawberries:Great “scrubbers”, high in fiber and lots of Vitamin C, which is great for gum health!
  • Broccoli:Forms an acid-resistant film to help prevent erosion of enamel.
  • Green Tea:The antioxidant call catechin, reduces bacteria growth that causes gingivitis.

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