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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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photo source:  http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2016/10/lessons-its-the-great-pumpkin-charlie-brown/

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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)

Dr. Greg Austria/Xenia Dentist/Bellbrook Dentist

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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I LOVE YELLOW TEETH…said no one ever (affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental)

by Lee Anne Austria on July 10, 2017 , Comments Off on I LOVE YELLOW TEETH…said no one ever (affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental)

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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!

Call us today!

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SO WHY DIDN’T PEOPLE SMILE IN OLD PICTURES? Xenia Ohio Dentist

by Lee Anne Austria on June 10, 2015 , Comments Off on SO WHY DIDN’T PEOPLE SMILE IN OLD PICTURES? Xenia Ohio Dentist

Smile-Month-Infographic-PNGJune is National Smile Month (at least according to Delta Dental!)   And “Check It Out!”…

Check out our Pinterest page for more terrific infographics.

Check out our Blog page for some great dental articles that apply to YOU!

And finally, check out our website to contact us to see how we can help you improve your oral health and overall health because YOU are the reason WE smile!

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