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

Photos andVideos
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 childs 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!

Brushing your teeth may seem like a simple task—but every day we see the results of poor technique. There are several common mistakes that you may be making when you’re brushing your teeth.

Here are the top mistakes that most people make when it comes to taking care of their teeth:

Everyone wants that perfect smile – but not everyone knows how to get it. We have compiled some great information and a few Tips for the Day to get that perfect smile:

See it to believe it
Sometimes people learn best by seeing someone else do an activity. This is especially true of something like brushing your teeth!

Parents do this automatically, showing their kids how to brush, but what if a parent is not very good at it? Children learn bad habits from their parents and then pass them down to their children. So just as a parent does, sometimes it is necessary to give patients a visual when explaining proper dental techniques.

If you are experiencing cavities or periodontal disease, ask your dentist or hygienist to show you the proper way to brush your teeth. I assure you, they will be happy to show you the correct technique.

Let’s talk about decay
As a dentist, sometimes I will tell a patient they have occlusal and interproximal decay or that they have a cavity, or need a crown. All too often it is clear they have no idea what I’m talking about. And that is OK!

When we look at a patient’s tooth and can see the little grey areas many times they do not understand that decay just makes a tiny little hole in the enamel–kind of like a termite making a hole in the wall. As the decay gets worse, the whole tooth can be eaten out.

It starts off small but gets bigger and bigger. The larger the cavity, the harder it is to fill. All decay is bad decay, but if you do have any issues of concern, see your dentist as soon as possible. We are always happy to explain anything that is unclear or confusing.

What causes cavities?
When you eat something with sugar (a candy, sugary drink, etc.) the bacteria that live in your mouth feed off of the sugar that gets stuck in the grooves. That bacteria produces acid, which in turn eats away at the enamel in your teeth and causes cavities. When it gets to the dentin, it can cause even more serious problems. These dentinal tubules are a much softer material, so whenever decay reaches the dentin, the process where the nerve if affected is rapid. In no time you have to have a root canal and a crown – so keep up on your dental hygiene, and treat the small cavities early! So… really, the sugar is not bad for the teeth, it is what the sugar does that causes cavities.

Have you been told you have an abscessed tooth?

An abscessed tooth is a localized collection of pus that can form in different parts of a tooth as a result of infection. An abscessed tooth is usually accompanied by some pain that can sometimes radiate to the ear or neck. Unfortunately, anyone can get an abscessed tooth.

There are different types of an abscessed tooth, depending on the location. The main types are the periapical abscess which is located at the tip of a tooth’s root. This is the most common type of abscessed tooth. A periodontal abscess is located in the gum next to a tooth root.This type of abscess may also spread to the surrounding tissue and bone it is the second most common type.A gingival abscess is located on the gum without affecting either the tooth or the periodontalligaments

An abscessed tooth is formed when bacteria enter the teeth or gums. Bacteria can enter a deep dental cavity or tooth decay or a crack in the tooth and spread all the way to the root. This can result in swelling and inflammation at the tip of the root.

Certain factors that may increase your risk of a tooth abscess include poor dental hygiene and/or a diet high in sugar.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include:

Diagnosis
The doctor will examine the tooth and the surrounding area. A tooth that has an abscess at its root is generally sensitive to touch or pressure. The doctor may tap on the tooth the doctor may recommend an x-ray and aCT scan. The x-ray can help to identify an abscess and determine whether the infection has spread and is causing abscess in other areas if the abscess has spread to areas within the neck. A CT scan may be used to assess the extent of the infection treatment.

Treatment
Treatment options aim to relieve the symptoms and reduce the risk of further spread of the infection. The dentist may open up and drain the abscess and perform a root canal treatment. Then they will prescribe antibiotics or painkillers. If the tooth cannot be restored, or a root canal treatment is not possible, the doctor may ask you to rinse your mouth with warm water or to take over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, get regular dental check-ups and brush teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Also, don’t forget to floss daily to clean hard-to-reach spots between the teeth and gums limit sugary foods and drinks.

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