The True Cost of Invisalign
There are some things in like that are worth paying a premium for, a straighter, healthier smile is one of them.
According to Invisalign.com, the cost of Invisalign® treatment is similar to traditional metal braces.
So if you’ve been considering straightening out your smile, which would you choose – Invisalign or metal braces?
Invisalign clear aligners are removable, virtually invisible, and have often been called the most discreet way to straighten your teeth.
If you’re considering Invisalign, we invite you to talk with Dr. Rastegar about the value of a professional fit and in-office visits to track your progress.
Across the nation Invisalign treatment usually runs between (more…)
Dentists Can Diagnose Diabetes?
Dentists diagnose & treat a myriad of oral health maladies, but bet you didn’t think your dentist could diagnose diabetes – or at least help to do so.
As if we need another reason to keep up our normal thrice yearly dental visits, here comes recent news out of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York.
Problem: As with periodontal disease or gum disease, many people walk around without even knowing they are affected by diabetes.
Yes, Xylitol Is Bad For Dogs
Most dog owners know there are certain foods that we as humans love, but are quite dangerous to our dogs.
Chocolate comes to mind immediately, but did you know that xylitol is bad for dogs?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Xylitol is present in many products and foods for human use, but can have devastating effects on your pet.
From newspaper to pillows, shoes, & slippers, it seems there’s nothing a dog won’t eat.
So how do you protect your pooch from getting a hold of xylitol? …Whatever that is exactly.
What Is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a sugar substitute that may be found in many household products & foods.
According to Healthline.com, Xylitol is a type of sweetener called a sugar alcohol and is found in some plants.
It looks and tastes like sugar, but has 40% fewer calories. Good for humans, but xylitol is bad for dogs… (more…)
Charcoal Teeth Whitening?
So let’s get this straight, people use charcoal for teeth whitening purposes?
Even to a dentist this seems like an oxymoron, but it’s becoming pretty popular.
Why is charcoal – or to be completely accurate, activated charcoal – used for teeth whitening purposes?
With endless aisles of toothpaste, floss & mouthwash at our trusty neighborhood grocer – along with rows of teeth whitening gels, strips & trays – some of us think charcoal teeth whitening is the pathway to a whiter smile?
What Is Activated Charcoal & Why Is It Used for Teeth Whitening?
Now for some answers, (more…)
Sugary Snacks Affect Oral & Overall Health…& Grades
Are you packing the right type of snacks in your children’s lunchbox? How about that afternoon snack after they get home from school?
If kids don’t know any better they could find themselves reaching for sugary snacks instead of healthier options.
Maybe your child has a serious sweet tooth – what kid doesn’t?
But it’s important to remember that the items you choose for them to chew on throughout the day can start to have a negative affect on their smiles – and their overall health.
Did you know that there are foods that actually promote good oral health?
According to the American Academy of General Dentistry, more that 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses, that is one reason why back to school dental appointments are so important.
More than 30% of parents report their children between the ages 6 & 12 missed school due to an oral health problem.
So, if you care about your kids getting an A+ in dental health this year, be sure you are providing healthy snacks that can actually help to prevent dental problems, instead of ones that could sabotage the smiles of the ones who matter to you most. (more…)
A Dazzling Smile Looks Healthy
Donning a dazzling white smile doesn’t just show the world how healthy your teeth and gums are, your dental health also plays a significant role in how confident you feel.
Have you ever had yellowing teeth or maybe a discolored tooth or two?
If so, you were probably pretty self-conscious about it. And if you’re self conscious about your smile then you’re not going to feel so great about your appearance when interacting with others.
With this smile self-esteem question in mind, we’d like to expand on this article from SheKnows.com to hear psychologist Ann Demarais, Ph.D., and dental hygienist Kristy Menage Bernie give the scoop on why having a great smile matters – and how to get your pearly whites looking their brightest. (more…)