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Many parents wonder when is the best time to take their children to the dentist for the first time. As a family dental practice, we recommend you take your child as soon as the cut their first tooth! Now you may ask, “why so early?” and the answer is simple… we want your child—all children—to see that visiting the dentist regularly is a simple and important thing to do. If parents are afraid of the dentist, often children are too. These kids are not taken to the dentist, often until they have a significant problem with a broken tooth or decay.

So, what happens at baby visits?

For very young children visits are very short. We will have the child sit on a parent’s lap and we will check the mouth structure and the incoming teeth. We will show the parent how to clean the child’s mouth and teeth gently and what they can expect as new teeth erupt.

The dental office does not have to be a scary place for kids. Normalizing regular visits and dental care will help to ensure healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Other special concerns/needs?

We understand that many children have other challenges with things like new experiences, loud noises, or new people. Anxious or autistic patients are welcome at our practice as well as anyone else. Just let our receptionist know when you make your appointment if any accommodations or preparations are necessary to make your visit successful and we will work with you to do our best.

Family practice means just that. We are here for your whole family. We look forward to seeing those smiles soon. Make an appointment today and visit the dental team at Parkview.

Have you ever wondered what causes tooth decay? Or why some people have great teeth, but still eat all the candy they want? Or conversely someone who seems healthy, but has awful teeth? The answer is both simple and complicated.

The first point is that sugar does not cause cavities or decay. But before you go grab that soda or pack on gummy bears, you do need to know that sugar does have a relationship with cavities – that is the sugar becomes food for the bacteria that live in your mouth. (Don’t be too grossed out… everyone has mouth bacteria!)

Now, these bacteria feast of the sugar in your mouth and then produce acid—and it is that acid that wears away enamel and eventually destroys teeth.

So, what to do?

It is pretty simple. You need to avoid having acid in your mouth. You can do that by brushing after snack and meals, and after beverages. Keep your mouth at a neutral pH and the bacteria will not have anything to eat and your teeth will stay healthy.

Existing damage?

If you have thin or worn enamel, you can build it back and protect the weaker dentin underneath with fluoride providing the cavities have not reached that layer. We recommend rinsing with Listerine, and then following with a fluoride rinse after you brush to keep the germs at bay, and the teeth protected.

So, go ahead and eat the sugar, (in moderation… it still is not great for your body), but don’t let it linger in your mouth or remain stuck in your molars. Wash, rinse and floss regularly and have a clean, and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

Have questions?

We are always happy to talk to you about your dental concerns. Each and every person has a unique dental history and situation. Make an appointment today to have a personal consultation with your dentist and dental team at Parkview.

This is the perfect time of year for taking care of your dental care. Summer means a more relaxed pace and the time to do some self-care. Also, the last year has meant that we may have gotten off schedule with our regular dental and health appointments. As restrictions are lifting and vaccines are increasing, you can feel more confident in getting out and making sure you are ready to face the Fall with a big white smile and a healthy mouth. Beyond a regular check-up, here are a few of our favorite fixes for a fresher and brighter look.

Teeth Whitening

Whiter teeth look healthier and are an easy way to look younger too. Over time, coffee, tea, wine and medicine can discolor teeth. Choose from take-home whitening trays or an in-office whitening option to dazzle with a great smile in just about an hour.

Cosmetic Bonding

Life happens, teeth chip and sometimes a quick and easy cosmetic fix can rebuild a little corner or fill in a small gap. Ask your dentist how you can perfect a small imperfection and SMILE!

Crowns and Bridges

Now is the perfect time to get some restorative dental work done! A crown or a bridge can change your whole look! While it takes a couple visits to get a crown or bridge prepared, made and installed, it is a fairly pain free procedure with a huge payout in terms of the way it improved your smile—and possibly even your ability to eat and talk. If you have a gap, or a broken tooth, talk to your dentist about your options.

Regular Maintenance

The best thing you can do for your oral health and your teeth is to have your regular check-up. Your dentist will check your teeth for cavities and signs of disease. You will get a thorough cleaning and flossing. And all this in about an hour!

Make your appointment today at Parkview Dental to get your summer refresher. We look forward to seeing you soon and making you SMILE.

Reviews and Reputation

Before going to a new dentist, do your due diligence. Ask friends and family for recommendations and check reviews online.

Photos and Videos

When doing your research, be sure to check out the photos and videos of the practice online. Does the office look clean and well-cared for? Does the practice include photos of the dentist(s) and staff? You are not necessarily looking for the most well-decorated, or even most professionally marketed office. But you should get a sense for the office, how big the practice is, and what kind of effort they are putting into creating a safe and inviting environment.

Happy and Well-Trained Staff

When you call the office, are the staff friendly and helpful? Are your emails returned quickly? Are you attended to quickly? How you are treated by everyone matters.

Technology – Updates

Through the images, the website, and the referrals, you should be able to discern if the practice has invested in new technology. Dental technology has improved dramatically in the last several years. While the basic practice of dentistry remains the same, innovations in things like implants and dentures could benefit you. So, do not be afraid to ask!

Connection

Next to professionalism and competence, the biggest deciding factor for choosing a dental practice is to look for a human connection. When you go to the dentist, you are trusting people to care for you. Does the dentist truly care? Are the hygienists thorough and friendly? Do they care for you the way you need to be treated?

Choosing a dentist is a serious choice—but with some homework and a few careful questions, you can find the best dental practice for you.

Have you ever wondered what happens during your child’s dental cleaning?

Here are the typical steps in a child’s dental visit:

I hope this helps both you and your child feel more comfortable with dental exams. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We are here for you.

Choosing the right dentist for you and your family is a very personal choice, however, there are some factors that are universal. Here are just a few things we think you should consider:

The Basics
When looking for a good dentist, focus on the standard of care and making sure that they are practicing under these guidelines which include ethics, infection control, and other standards involved in your dental treatment.

Dental Hygienists
Not all dentists work with hygienists. If a practice does not have dental hygienists, it could indicate that they are new and still growing their patient database. In this case, the dentist may perform their own cleanings. This can be a pro or a con, depending on your comfort level.

How Long Will It Take
If you are looking for a new dentist, ask how long a typical cleaning appointment is at their office. The average cleaning appointment is about 45 minutes long. You may also want to ask what the average wait time is, and when the best times to book an appointment are.

X-Ray Schedule
Ask the provider how often they do x-rays. The answer should not be whatever your insurance covers them! Most healthy people need checkup x-rays about once a year and then a full mouth x-ray or a pan every three to five years. However, this should be based on your needs/and periodontal history, not based on when the office can collect insurance money.

Infection Control
infection control should be number one above everything else – especially now. The office should be overall clean and tidy. The dental providers should be wearing proper protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and face shields.

Since the beginning of humanity—people have suffered from bad breath. The Greeks fought it by chewing aromatic resins, the Chinese chewed eggshells. Bad breath was even considered legal grounds for divorce in the ancient Jewish Talmud. But what causes it, and why is it so hard for some people to overcome it?

First, a little science. If you imagine the worst odors, like garbage, feces, or rotting meat…all of these smells come from the activity of microorganisms,(bacteria), and similar bacteria live in the moisture-rich environment of your mouth.

Ew. But true.

Your body is host to a lot of bacteria. In fact, for the most part, this bacteria is good for you, and aids in digestion and disease prevention. And these bacteria need to eat. The bacteria in your mouth feed off mucus, food particles, and dead tissue cells. These bacteria absorb nutrients through their cell membranes and break down the organic matter into much smaller molecules. It is this process that produces the bad-smelling byproducts – and that can escape your mouth, causing bad breath.

In some cases, additional factors may be in play. Dental problems, nasal conditions, liver disease, and uncontrolled diabetes can all also cause bad breath. Smoking and alcohol consumption also has a very recognizable odor.

The good news is that most bad breath is easily treated. The worst smelling byproducts come from gram-negative bacteria that live in the spaces between the gums and teeth and on the back of the tongue. When you brush and floss your teeth and use antibacterial mouthwash at bedtime, you can remove much of the bacteria, as well as their food sources—and restore your good breath!

We would love to help you achieve Smile goals!

Do you want to smile with confidence and without fear? A great smile is the most empowering, life-changing gift that we provide our patients. A wonderful smile only enhances your natural beauty and charm. While we provide a full suite of general and family dentistry and Parkview Dental, the most dramatic changes come from our cosmetic patients who come to see us. Sometimes it is to fix an issue that has recently become a concern, other times the patient finally decides to address a cosmetic issue they have struggled with for a long time.

Our cosmetic dentistry patients start the process with a one-on-one smile consultation with Dr. Schmidt. During the consultation, we will conduct a dental exam and discuss your goals and hopes. This process is important for us to understand what YOU want and value for your smile. Then we will review the best options for you and what needs to be done to create the smile of your dreams.

Here are some of the services that can help your smile goals:

Teeth Whitening: Professional and safe in-office teeth whitening treatments give you a movie-star-style smile in about an hour. Treatment is comfortable and right here in our office. Professional prescription-strength whitening formula will make your teeth several shades brighter and we will even send you home with custom trays and whitening gel to maintain your new white smile!

Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a popular and well-known way to cover discoloration, cracks and chips.Porcelain veneers are custom and can help reshape each individual tooth, close small gaps and make a row of crooked teeth look even.

Crowns: Dental crownscan cover the front, top, and sides of cracked or decayed teeth. New technology allows us to match the color of your other teeth to recreate a functional, good-looking tooth, that will blend in with the rest of your smile.

Bridges: A dental bridge is a series of several dental crowns held together in the mouth to replace missing teeth. Crowns and bridges are permanently cemented into the mouth to the surrounding teeth.

Dental Implants: A missing tooth can be embarrassing and cause problems chewing. If you have a missing tooth or teeth a dental implant may be for you! Implants replace a missing tooth root, and then a dental crown can be added to a single implant. For patients missing more than one tooth, an appliance can be added, such as a bridge or denture, to hold several dental implants in place.

Learn more about our Cosmetic Services.

Did you know that if you do not use your dental benefits by the end of the year, you may lose them?

Each year, millions of people leave money unspent in their dental benefit plans. This money is not rolled into the next year—but lost forever. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plans reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. In addition, many people also have Flexible Spending Accounts, which help pay for dental and medical care with pre-tax dollars.

Remember, when you buy a plan you (and your employer) are paying money towards the premium that are wasted if you don’t see your dentist. Many insurance companies have a benefit deadline of December 31, and this means that any of your unused benefits don’t roll over into the New Year for most dental plans. (Plans may end at different times of the year. Ask your employer or plan administrator to be sure.)

So, get the most for your dollar! The typical plans pay 100% for preventive visits. If you have your annual cleaning and check-up this year – get it on the calendar before the end of the year. And, if you have been putting off needed dental work, make any upcoming appointments early so you can take care of them before the holidays.

The same is true for your FSA. If you are using FSA dollars for dental care your current plans will most likely run out on December 31st. When you set up a Flexible Spending Account through your employer, you choose how much money to put into this account at enrollment. A portion of this amount is deducted from each paycheck pre-tax. You already paid for it! So, you should use it. Note: FSAs generally cover cleanings, sometimes braces, benefit plan co-pays, and dentures. Most FSA accounts cannot be used for cosmetic procedures. See your plan administrator for specific details since not all may be covered.

In most cases, you must use the money in an FSA by December 31. Plan carefully so you don’t put more money in your account, you will spend within a year on dental or other health care costs. Contact your FSA administrator for a list of covered services and products (usually referred to as eligible expenses).

Here are the major dental insurance companies we currently work with: Guardian Dental PPO, Aetna Dental PPO, Humana Dental PPO, Renaissance Dental PPO, United Healthcare Dental PPO, Delta Dental PPO, Cigna Dental PPO, Ameritas Dental, PPO, MetLife Dental PPO, TriCare Dental PPO, United Concordia Dental PPO, Principal Dental PPO, and Sun Life Dental PPO.

Learn more.

When Covid-19 first became a concern, dental offices closed along with many other medical, retail, restaurants and services. After time we learned more about the virus, and dental practices have been allowed to open, with new safety policies and procedures. While we have always had your health and safety as a priority, in our office, you will see we have even more ways to keep you—and our staff—safe and healthy, while still providing the dental care you need.

While coronavirus is still very much a crisis for our community, we have started to see patients—many of whom have not been to a dentist in a year or longer. Some of these people put off needed dental work for too long before they were confined to their homes. And unfortunately, many of these people also drank a little more than they should have, smoked a little more than they should have, did not brush as they should have … and in general did not take care of themselves as much as they should have in the last 10 months to a year.

It is understandable, that in this time of stress and concern, with all the factors of a pandemic affecting us, that we are at the point we are today. No one has been immune. However, for the oral health of our community… we are concerned.

We are beginning to see brave patients—who are often embarrassed from covid teeth —come into our offices for a cleaning, and some fillings, a root canal, etc. Often these were avoidable issues, but now, interventions are necessary, and it can be costly, and uncomfortable. But it is at this point, necessary.

If you have missed a dental appointment in the last year, or if you would just like a good check-up and cleaning—now is the time. Our office is open, and we can ensure you a clean and sanitary environment where all the precautions are being taken to protect you and your family.

No more Covid-Teeth!

Contact Parkview Dental today at 480.818.9016 and schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you… AND your fresh, clean and white smile!

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