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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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Teeth Whitening

Zoom Teeth Whitening

Have you ever thought about whitening your teeth?  We can help you get that brighter, whiter smile!

To begin, Dr. Stone will complete a thorough dental examination, dental cleaning and x-rays to determine the health of your mouth.  Also, Dr. Stone will check for any white fillings or crowns on the front teeth that may not change during the whitening process.  Dr. Stone will be able to help you decide which of the following whitening options is best for you.

Zoom Day and Night White whitening use custom fitting trays and take home whitening gel that you can use at your convenience.  The Carbamide Peroxide gel can be worn 2- 4 hours ...

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Dental Insurance Myths - Part 1

Insurance definition in a dictionary

1.The Dental Plan is Insurance

Not to get too far into semantics, dental insurance is not insurance.  Sure you have a card that states you have coverage and pays for your cleaning visits, but it is nothing like any other insurance policy out there that you may have.

For instance, many of you can relate to home owners or auto insurance.  With these policies, you pay a premium in exchange for their promise to pay for losses or expenses relating to their policy coverage.  If we were truly dealing with insurance when it comes to dental plans, we would submit a claim and be fully reimbursed with a difference from an agreed ...

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Dental Insurance Myths - Part 2

Insurance definition in a dictionary

Now that we understand the difference between dental plans and insurance, here is the second half of the dental insurance myths blog:

2.I Can’t see the Dentist Without Insurance

Several times we have phone calls to cancel an appointment as they can’t go to the dentist without dental coverage.  In fact, in most cases it is probably cheaper to see the dentist for your routine visits, as you are saving on the premiums that you would have paid for dental coverage. Please also see our membership plan on the “finance” page: http://www.northernhillsdentist.com/Financial-Info. Even if you have a dental plan, most Americans do not budget enough for their dental costs per year. ...

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No Better Time Than Now

Man with a hook hand prosthetic

I don’t know about you, but I really like a nice steak; nice cut, cooked to order, tender, properly seasoned, and a good marbling.  For those who share the same sentiment, I apologize for the craving I may have started.  For those of you who do not share the same affinity for steak, substitute it with your favorite food/meal.

Now that you are thinking of your favorite food, would that food taste just as good if you have to drink it through a straw (supposing that it was solid food at some point)?  I’m sickened by that idea, even though it should taste fine.  However, eating soft foods or pureed foods ...

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