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WORDS THAT ARE SCARY (Dr. Greg Austria Xenia Dentist Bellbrook Dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on February 27, 2018 , Comments Off on WORDS THAT ARE SCARY (Dr. Greg Austria Xenia Dentist Bellbrook Dentist)

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You may think that cavities are the number one problem dentists address with their patients.  Would you believe that GUM DISEASE is a huge problem as well?  In fact, a large number of the American population has some sort of gum disease with an early indicator being gums that are swollen, sore, and bleeding.  This condition is called Gingivitis.  If that sounds scary, it’s because it is.

DON’T IGNORE BLEEDING GUMS!  You would be worried if you were brushing your hair and your scalp was bleeding…well, you should be worried if you see blood in the sink after brushing your teeth.  Gum disease is serious business and is a major cause of tooth loss.  Like so many other afflictions, the early signs of gum disease are not painful at all so many times patients ignore those early symptoms because their daily routines are not affected.  It is so important to talk with your dental professional if you notice changes in your teeth or gums because getting the problem diagnosed and treated early can make a huge difference later on…not only in your mouth but in the rest of your body…think HEART DISEASE (that’s scary too.)  Make no mistake, there is a definite link between the two – here’s why:

When a person has gum disease and the gums bleed, the bacteria from the mouth can reach the rest of your system by going into the bloodstream.  Once there, the bacteria can access the arteries near your heart and wreak havoc.  This is why gum disease is so closely linked to heart disease.  Studies show that the plaque that builds up in arteries and leads to heart attacks is found in only one other place in the body -you guessed it:  The mouth.  So the moral of the story is: When you take care of your gums, you take care of your heart too.

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xenia cosmetic dentistry YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL…

by Lee Anne Austria on February 20, 2018 , Comments Off on xenia cosmetic dentistry YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL…

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Did you know…

We are your one-stop shop for all of your dental needs!  Do you have tooth discomfort that is keeping you awake at night?  Call us or schedule online and we’ll work you in so you can be pain-free.  Have you been told you need a root canal only to find you have to wait months to see a specialist?  We treat many such cases in our practice without the need for a referral.  Or are you simply unhappy with your smile and not sure what to do about it?  From teeth whitening to Invisalign to a comprehensive smile makeover… we can help.

There is no reason to wait!  Visit us here to learn more.

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STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT! (and get a $250 gift card!) dentist xenia/affordable dentist xenia

by Lee Anne Austria on January 18, 2018 , Comments Off on STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT! (and get a $250 gift card!) dentist xenia/affordable dentist xenia

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Brilliant Smiles is hosting an Invisalign™ Celebration!

Thursday, February 1st  3:00-6:00 p.m.  

You may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal?”  Well, it’s this:  You have the opportunity to straighten your teeth in as little as 5 months!  Oh and did we mention that using Invisalign this can be accomplished without wires and metal?  And…celebrations usually involve presents and this one is no exception… everyone who proceeds with treatment will receive a $250 Amazon gift card! 

If you’ve ever been told you could benefit from straighter teeth whether for cosmetic or functional reasons then you don’t want to miss this party!*  R.S.V.P. to reserve your free consultation appointment…don’t wait because space is limited. 

Transform your smile with Invisalign – The Clear Alternative to Braces

*18-month free financing is available for those who qualify/Offer available to new Invisalign patients only/Restrictions may apply.

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by Lee Anne Austria on December 14, 2017 , Comments Off on (affordable dentist xenia) DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS? HOW ABOUT A WHITE SMILE?

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For a limited time, we are offering the following AMAZING specials on our whitening products!

  • Complete KoR Whitening Kit – $249.00 (A savings of $150.00!)  KoR is the most sophisticated whitening product on the market today.  Includes the office visit, impressions, trays, whitening material, and desensitizer.  Impressions for trays must be taken by December 31st.  Gift certificates are available!  Contact us to make your appointment.
  • KoR Whitening Maintenance – $100.00/tube.  If you already have KoR trays and are just in need of a touch-up, then this product is for you.
  • Natural Elegance Touch-Up – $49.00 for 2 tubes.  This product is for patients who have previously had ZOOM whitening and are in need of a touch-up.

These offers are available only while supplies last so don’t wait!

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(bellbrook dentist spring valley dentist xenia dentist) IT’S NOVEMBER

by Lee Anne Austria on November 9, 2017 , Comments Off on (bellbrook dentist spring valley dentist xenia dentist) IT’S NOVEMBER


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Thanksgiving is almost here…that means Turkey trots, pumpkin pie, cornucopias, and Black Friday.  And the holiday music…don’t even get me started!  Are you a pre-Thanksgiving holiday music person or do you cringe at the thought of hearing Jingle Bell Rock 50 times before the fourth Thursday in November?  Anyway, now that the cold and crisp weather seems to be here to stay, I feel inspired…so inspired that I’ve come up with another Top 10 list.  The subject for this list is:


Here goes…

10.  Don’t throw your money away!  You pay for them…use them!  While there is a lot of deviation among plans, most pay for 2 cleanings and exams per year.  These appointments are very important because your hygienist can get to areas that your toothbrush and floss simply cannot reach, thus finding potential problems before they turn into major (and expensive) issues.

 9.  Unused benefits do not rollover.  Any amount left is lost on January 1st.  Imagine waking up after a New Year’s Eve celebration realizing you’ve lost money.  And not just because you bought way too much champagne.

8.  Prices never seem to go down.  (Just ask those of us in the process of re-enrolling in our health insurance plans.)  “Tis the season to plan in advance.  Consider NOT putting off dental treatment this year to help compensate for increased costs next year.

7.  Don’t waste that deductible.  Most dental plans have a deductible that resets every year.  It is the amount of money you have to pay out of your own pocket before your dental insurance will cover anything.  If you put off treatment and it resets, you will have to pay that money all over again before you can get any coverage in the new year.

 6.  You haven’t used your yearly maximum coverage amount.  As an example many dental plans have a yearly maximum of $1000 of coverage.  Let’s say you’ve already used $500 and now you need a crown (not the kind a princess wears.)  If you postpone that treatment and let the maximum reset at the new year, say “buh-bye” to the $500 you could have used toward that getting that crown done.

5.  Dental problems don’t get better over time.  You say to yourself, “It’s not hurting now, why should I get treated for something that doesn’t even hurt?”  Because…what may be a simple cavity now can turn into the dreaded root canal or extraction down the road.  You only have one set of teeth.  Take care of them now and they will thank you for it later on.

4.  FSA accounts.  These accounts are set up using pre-tax money and can be used to pay for various dental services including co-pays and treatments not covered by your dental insurance plan (think orthodontics needed for dental health reasons.)  Depending on the type of FSA you have, you may only have until the end of the year to use the money in your account.  Carefully check your plan benefits to be sure you are making the most of this tax benefit.

3.  You can beat the holiday rush!  With school holiday breaks, slots can fill up quickly in December.  When you make your appointments early on to ensure you can be seen before the end of the year AND maximize your dental benefits you become a master of multi-tasking!

2.  Delaying dental treatment WILL affect your overall health.  And not in a good way. Infection from the mouth can travel to the different parts of your body and cause serious problems (think heart disease and diabetes.)  Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Give it the respect it deserves.

And the #1 reason to use your dental benefits before they expire…

1.  Health is Wealth.  Wealth doesn’t just mean an abundance of money.  Wealth can be attributed to every dollar you save because you are not sick.  Avoid the stress of undergoing complex and expensive dental procedures by having regular dental cleanings and exams.  You will be so much better off in the long run.  And your mouth and body will thank you…click here to learn more.

We here at Brilliant Smiles are thankful for you, our patients.  We wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, fun, and overflowing plates.

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affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN!…

by Lee Anne Austria on October 9, 2017 , Comments Off on affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN!…

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October!  Time for colorful falling leaves, the Great Pumpkin and trick-or-treating!  Here at Brilliant Smiles we love the change of seasons…so much so that I’ve been inspired to post an autumn-themed blog/email…don’t you feel fortunate?

Did you enjoy trick-or-treating as a child?  The anticipation of all of the candy, the shouts of delight when it was a king-sized Hershey’s Bar and the groans of disappointment when it was a fun-sized Almond Joy?  The memories!  Let’s face it.  Going to the dentist will never be as much fun as watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” or dressing up as Mr. T.  But isn’t it awesome when your hygienist compliments you on how great your teeth look after a routine check-up?  Or your dentist finds a potential problem before it becomes a frightening expense?  Speaking of hygienists and keeping with the fall theme, October is Dental Hygienist month.  So why not join in the celebration and if you are in need of a dental cleaning make that appointment today!  Better yet, if you have an appointment already, do your best to keep it.  Sure…we understand things happen.  But nothing transforms our happy, smiling hygienists into scary, broomstick-flying witches more than patients who casually and routinely miss appointments…so much so that the previously mentioned patients might suddenly find their ruby slippers missing from their closet.  Plus…you know it’s just plain better for you and your oral health to visit and chat with your hygienist at least twice a year, right?   (No playing dumb allowed in our blog!)

So help us celebrate!  Jump in a pile of leaves.  Decorate a pumpkin.  Schedule that dental cleaning today…then give your hygienist a hug!  And remember what the creepy crooked teeth pumpkin meme stated…“Scary things come to those who do not brush.”

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(dentist xenia ohio opioid addiction opioid crisis) TIME TO GET SERIOUS

by Lee Anne Austria on September 18, 2017 , Comments Off on (dentist xenia ohio opioid addiction opioid crisis) TIME TO GET SERIOUS

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Substance abuse isn’t a new problem and neither are opioids.  Just to remind you, opioids are a class of drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain.  Some – such as oxycodone and hydrocodone – can be legally prescribed to help control pain after medical and dental procedures and surgeries.  Heroin would be an illegal version.   All have been in the news a lot lately.

Why are they a problem?  Because they are extremely addictive and thus can be easily abused.

Why are they so addictive?  The official reason is because the medications in drugs bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions, driving up levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine in the brain’s reward areas producing an intense feeling of euphoria.  (  In other words, they can be described as the ultimate “chill-pill.”  As the brain becomes used to these feelings it can take more and more of the drug to produce the same levels of pain relief and well-being, leading to dependence, and later, possibly, addiction.

Here are some scary statistics:

  • 3 out 4 new heroin users start by abusing prescription drugs.
  • Deaths from synthetic opioids (like fentanyl) jumped 72% from 2014 to 2015.
  • Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have more than quadrupled since 1999.

Unfortunately, this epidemic has disproportionally hit small towns and rural America (mainly Appalachia and the Southwest), far away from the spotlight of the national media. The reason why is a subject for another blog post.  However, it has been getting more attention lately.

So what does all of this have to do with dentistry?  Well, when we think about drug abuse, usually the first thing that comes to mind is damage to the brain (Remember the fried egg analogy?  “This is your brain…this is your brain on drugs”), as well as the heart and lungs.  But these powerful drugs can also destroy oral health in general; specifically the teeth and gums.  Drug addicts have more cavities and gum disease than the general population.  Most likely because good oral health is not at the top of their priority list.  Here are some specific ways that opioid addiction is detrimental to oral health:

  • Opioids can cause users to grind and clench their teeth.  Grinding can crack teeth and weaken the jawbone that supports teeth.
  • Opioids reduce pain, which can lead to the user ignoring or missing painful warning signals caused by cavities or gum disease.
  • Injecting opioids can cause oral fungus or viral infections that harm the mouth.
  • Addicts often neglect oral hygiene because the fixation on getting the next high will often replace brushing their teeth for days on end.
  • Cravings for high sugar food and beverages combined with bad oral hygiene habits decay teeth.
  • The condition of the teeth and gums can suffer due to nutritional deficiencies from not eating right.

Dentists often prescribe low-level opioid painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone after oral surgery (think wisdom teeth extractions.) These drugs are believed to have played some role in contributing to the current crisis.  As a result, the American Dental Association has issued guidelines for opioid prescriptions to help advise dentists before prescribing them to patients.  Additionally, in our offices we require parents and legal guardians to read and sign a consent form before prescribing opioids to minors.

For more information on this serious subject, here are some helpful websites:

National Institute on Drug Abuse

American Public Health Association

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THIS NEVER HAPPENS (post-solar eclipse 2017 letdown edition) affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on August 24, 2017 , Comments Off on THIS NEVER HAPPENS (post-solar eclipse 2017 letdown edition) affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental

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                                    For those of you not lucky enough to travel to Madras, Oregon (Courtesy Aubrey Gemignani/NASA)

Do you need some straightening out?  As in your smile?  Then we have good news!  For a limited time we are offering a $300 discount off of Invisalign Express 5.  Invisalign Express is a shorter-duration orthodontic treatment that works in the same way as traditional Invisalign aligners.  It is a perfect treatment option for people with minor crowding or spacing issues.  Traditional Invisalign usually requires a minimum of 1 to 1 1/2 years to complete treatment whereas Invisalign Express is specifically designed for people whose crowding or spacing problems can be corrected in 6 months or less.

Here’s how it works:  After consultation with the doctor, pictures and impressions of the teeth are taken and digitalized.  Then, 3D technology is used to map tooth movements from the beginning to the end of treatment, forming the basis for creating the customized aligners.  On average, the treatment takes about six months.  The near-invisible Express aligners are custom-designed based on your treatment plan to perfectly fit your teeth. They must be worn every day for 20 to 22 hours, except when eating, drinking hot liquids, brushing, flossing, playing sports or attending special occasions.  The aligners are exchanged for a new set every two weeks and work continuously to straighten the teeth.  It’s a great alternative to traditional wire braces because you can keep up an active lifestyle and not be worried about smiling during social activities (like solar eclipse-themed parties.) And, because the aligners are easy to remove, they promote better oral hygiene, as well as a pain-free experience with less irritation to the gums and mouth.

Specials on Invisalign treatments are almost as rare as total solar eclipses, so if you want to take advantage don’t wait!  Call us and schedule an appointment for a free consultation to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign Express.  And don’t forget to visit our blogFacebook page, and Pinterest page – we are VERY social!

Until next time…

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IT’S COMPLICATED… (Dr. Greg Austria/Xenia Dentist/Bellbrook Dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on July 27, 2017 , Comments Off on IT’S COMPLICATED… (Dr. Greg Austria/Xenia Dentist/Bellbrook Dentist)

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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…

Dr. Greg Austria/Xenia Dentist/Bellbrook Dentist

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


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