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Preventative dental care the KEY to keeping teeth a lifetime

Consistently take good care of your teeth and they could last a lifetime.

It’s a simple message from Dr. Reid Stone, DDS of Northern Hills Dental in Lead, but one that’s sometimes easily overlooked, causing patients unwanted dental bills and dental ills.

“Preventative care in dentistry has allowed people to keep their teeth longer, if not for their ...

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Change Your Oil Or Change Your Engine!

Car Engine and Oil

We’ve all heard it before, “change your oil or change your engine”.   I’ve experienced paying for a new compressor for my central air because I didn’t change the $10.00 filter each month.  After $2,500.00 of repairs, $120.00 per year to change the filters is worth it! Regardless of our experiences, we don’t think (or sometimes care) of the various preventative tasks we have to do until something goes wrong and is quite expensive to fix.   It is at that point when we could have prevented something that we wish we had.

Here’s your chance to not regret preventing poor oral health.  There is no prerequisite that you must have a dental ...

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What your Dentist wants you to know about E-Cigarettes

Person using a vaporizer for nicotine delivery

Ok, did you know that e-cigarette users do not consider themselves ‘smokers’?  We, in the dental field, traditionally ask if you are a smoker, but now we need to start asking a broader question to include e-cigarettes.   While e-cigarettes do contain much less harmful substances than cigarettes, they still can be detrimental to your oral health.  Additionally, the long term effects on your oral and overall health are widely unstudied long term. 

Your dentist wants you to be aware of what is known currently about e-cigarettes and your oral health.  The first thing is while they do not contain tobacco, most of them do contain nicotine which is a highly addictive ...

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Dental X-rays

Teeth on a dental x-ray

Three Reasons Not to Worry About Digital Dental X-Rays:

  1. New “digital” x-rays have an 85% reduction in radiation from old film-based x-rays.  1 digital x-ray is only 1/10 the amount of radiation you are exposed to on an average day.
  1. The cost is typically covered by dental insurance at 100% or included with an in-office membership plan such as the (Northern Hills Dental Membership Plan).
  1. If you refuse to have them taken, your dentist can only evaluate 60% of your tooth and could be missing something that could turn into a major problem.

So, next time you are at your dentist and they are using digital x-rays, you don’t have as much to ...

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Dry Toothbrush?

Lady holding a large toothbrush next to over-sized teeth.

If you are going to do it, you might as well do it right.  The right toothbrushing technique is important.  You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointed towards the gum tissue.  Use a “back and forth” motion of short strokes.  If you are using a powerbrush, point the brush at a 45-degree angle and let it do the work for you.

I have two tips for brushing: First, for back teeth, close down slightly.  I know it sounds “backwards” but it will actually loosen your cheek muscles making it easier to “sneak” back there. Second, hold your brush “up and down” instead ...

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No Teeth = No Dentist??

Pair of Dentures

We’ll just get it out there and acknowledge that one of the main reasons for removing your natural teeth and going into dentures is that you will not have to see a dentist again, right?  Whether the reason you don’t want to see the dentist is due to fear of the dentist, or the fear of pain, or the fear of cost; for some of you, never seeing a dentist again would be a big perk.  I’m here to let you know that Dr. Stone’s staff is the most courageous and bravest people I’ve met as they go to the dentist almost every day!  All joking aside, Dr. Stone is ...

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